The European Developmental and Life-course Criminology working group is going digital! This autumn the EDLC will launch its website and provide its members and others interested in longitudinal criminological research a platform to share their publications, data and ideas. Thus far the EDLC has hosted thematic sessions at the ESC annual meetings and has been involved in organizing methodological symposia. While these sessions and meetings have provided opportunity for European researchers to get to know each other, in between meetings the EDLC lay somewhat dormant. The website is going to change that and will provide researchers with the latest on developmental and life course criminology for all over Europe 24 hours a day, every day.
The idea of starting a website had been around for some time, but did not materialize due to limited funds and technical know how. However, this summer the EDLC received funds from the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) and VU University Amsterdam and was able to attract a professional web designer who will set up the website. The trial version of the web site is already on the web and looks very promising. As soon as the website is up and running, EDLC-members will notified and invited to share any information they have on activities, meetings or publications that may be relevant to other researchers.
The EDLC website will act as a bulletin board and notify members of seminars, summer courses and symposia related to developmental and life course research. Members will be given the opportunity to showcase their studies and list their latest publications. By providing detailed information on recent and ongoing studies EDLC-members will get to know each other’s datasets. In time we hope the EDLC website will facilitate collaborative projects and coordinate data collection enabling comparative research.
For those interested in developmental and life-course criminology, membership of the EDLC is open for all researchers involved in longitudinal research. Please contact the working group at: firstname.lastname@example.org.