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Violence Research Centre


We have a lot to celebrate at the VRC this month. The American Society of Criminology's Division of Experimental Criminology recently awarded the Jerry Lee Lifetime Achievement Award to our Director, Professor Manuel Eisner. They write: “Professor Manuel Eisner certainly deserves this year’s Jerry Lee Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding and impressive contribution to experimental criminology. Albeit an historian in training, Manuel publishes extensively on causal matters, as well as the consequences of interpersonal violence in different contexts. Professor Eisner has conducted multiple experiments, including testing the effectiveness of interventions to reduce children's externalizing behavior, interventions to minimize school exclusions, and increasing engagement in parenting programs, amongst a long list of trials around the globe. As the director of the Violence Research Centre at the University of Cambridge, Manuel writes extensively on a wide range of issues, with a focus on psychological and social mechanisms for change and stability of violent behaviour over the life course. For these and other research projects, we are particularly honoured to recognise Professor Eisner’s work and look forward to many more years of interesting and ground-breaking contributions to our field.”


Child wellbeing, child development and adolescent aggression

  • Schuster, I., Tomaszewska, P., Gul, P., Ribeaud, D., & Eisner, M. (2021). The role of moral neutralization of aggression and justification of violence against women in predicting physical teen dating violence perpetration and monitoring among adolescents in Switzerland. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 1– 17.
  • Speyer, L.G., Eisner, M., Ribeaud, D. et al. Developmental Relations Between Internalising Problems and ADHD in Childhood: a Symptom Level Perspective. Res Child Adolesc Psychopathol (2021).
  • Nivette, A., Echelmeyer, L., Weerman, F. et al. Understanding Changes in Violent Extremist Attitudes During the Transition to Early Adulthood. J Quant Criminol (2021).
  • Ruth Harriet Brown, Manuel Eisner, Susan Walker, Mark Tomlinson, Pasco Fearon, Michael P Dunne, Sara Valdebenito, Claire Hughes, Catherine L. Ward, Siham Sikander, Joseph Osafo, Bernadette Madrid, Adriana Baban, Vo Van Thang, Asvini D. Fernando, Aja L Murray (2021). The impact of maternal adverse childhood experiences and prenatal depressive symptoms on foetal attachment: Preliminary evidence from expectant mothers across eight middle-income countries, Journal of Affective Disorders, Volume 295, 2021, Pages 612-619, ISSN 0165-0327,
  • Do, H.P., Baker, P.R.A., Van Vo, T., Eisner, M. et al. Intergenerational effects of violence on women’s perinatal wellbeing and infant health outcomes: evidence from a birth cohort study in Central Vietnam. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 21, 648 (2021).
  • Zych, I.; Farrington, D.; Eisner, M.; Ribeaud, D. (2021). Childhood explanatory factors for adolescent offending: A cross-national comparison based on official records in London, Pittsburgh and Zurich. Journal of Life Course and Developmental Criminology
  • Nivette, A., Echelmeyer, L., Weerman, F., Eisner, M. et al. Understanding Changes in Violent Extremist Attitudes During the Transition to Early Adulthood. J Quant Criminol (2021).


Covid-19 crime and violence

  • Steinhoff, A., Bechtiger, L., Ribeaud, D., Murray, A.L., Hepp, U., Eisner, M. and Shanahan, L. (2021), Self-Injury and Domestic Violence in Young Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Trajectories, Precursors, and Correlates. J Res Adolesc, 31: 560-575.

  • Lockdowns reduced urban crime by over a third around the globe – but some cities benefited more than others by Professor Manuel Eisner, Policing Insight, 28 July 2021. 




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