Contact person:
Alexander Engström
  • Malmö University
Responsible at Malmö University:
Marie Torstensson Levander
Project members:
Time frame:
01 April 2018 - 31 December 2021
Research subject:

About the project

The project aims to examine the feasibility of collecting information about experiences of fear of crime by using a smartphone application among young adults in Malmö. The smartphone application is called STUNDA and it is used for collecting traditional survey data but it is also specifically designed to gather situational data through Experience Sampling Method (ESM). ESM research makes the participants answer questions related to e.g. their feelings in a specific point in time and the methodology is well-suited for integration in a smartphone application. The participants report their experiences of fear of crime when they receive a push notification but they can also report experiences retrospectively. All collected data will have a spatiotemporal stamp that will be saved automatically. By collecting data about experiences of fear of crime and provide these with a spatiotemporal stamp, this situational research may contribute with new knowledge of relevance for fear of crime research. A situational dimension is often discussed in the fear of crime research but most studies rarely adopt a genuine situational data collection methodology. However, recent technological developments and increased smartphone usage have created better opportunities to collect adequate situational data.