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European Criminology  Award for Professor Eisner

The European Society of Criminology has awarded Professor Manuel Eisner the 2017 ESC European Criminology Award in recognition of his lifetime contribution to European criminology.

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The award committee - composed of former ESC presidents Michael Tonry (Chair, University of Minnesota, United States of America), Gerben Bruinsma (Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement, NSCR, The Netherlands), and Frieder Dünkel (University of Greifswald, Germany) - was impressed by Professor Eisner's significant contribution to European criminology. In particular, the award committee considered that "[Manuel Eisner] is a scholar of world renown in three substantially different subjects: the history of violence, comparative studies of violence, and longitudinal studies of early childhood interventions with high risk children. His work on the history of violence since the fourteenth century is path-breaking. His History of Homicide Database, first developed two decades ago, and regularly updated since, is replied upon extensively by every major historian of crime and violence. The Violence Research Centre at the Institute of Criminology of the University of Cambridge, which he founded and heads, is one of the driving forces, along with the World Health Organization, in an initiative to reduce violence globally by 50 percent in 30 years. He founded and heads the project "z-proso - The life-course development of violence and crime" at the Jacobs Centre of the University of Zurich. Particularly important are embedded prevention and victimization studies and the project's use of mixed methods (from surveys to experimental studies and systematic reviews) to study effects on young people problematic behavior."

The Awards Ceremony will take place during the ESC Conference in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom on 13-16 September 2017.