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Victoria Gibson

PhD: Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

Victoria -gibsonWith a particular interest in the way in which public spaces are designed and governed and its impact on crime and perception of crime, I was awarded a scholarship for a full time PhD specialising in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design which commenced in September 2011.

Since then my research has employed various scientific methodologies to analyse existing problems in this field and has proposed an updated approach and supporting framework to facilitate successful cross disciplinary collaboration whilst considering both social and physical drivers of crime and its impact on social sustainability.

I have published two peer reviewed articles in high impact ranking journals and presented at a number of national and international conferences including:

  • The International Crime and Intelligence Analysis Conference, Manchester, 2011
  • The Caribbean Urban Forum, Trinidad 2013
  • The International CPTED Association Conference, Canada 2013
  • The Caribbean Urban Forum, Barbados 2014

During summer 2014 I conducted a 6 month international field study in St Augustine, Trinidad In collaboration with Trinidad’s Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development. This study tested a proposed framework for measuring the social context of crime to help urban planners consider crime prevention within the design of new or existing communities. My research so far has contributed to Trinidad’s National Spatial Development Strategy and is being incorporated into new strategies within the Town and Country Planning Division.


  • PhD: Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
  • BSc: Crime Science (1st Class Hons)

Key Publications

  • Gibson,V. & Johnson, D. (2013) CPTED But Not As We Know It: Investigating the conflict of frameworks and terminology in crime prevention through environmental design. Security Journal. Doi:10.1057/dj.2013.19
  • Johnson, D., Gibson, V. & McCabe (2014) Designin in crime prevention, designing out ambiguity: Practice issues with the CPTED knowledge framework available to professionals in the field and its potentially ambiguous nature. Crime Prevention and Community Safety. 16, 147-168

Research Supervisors

Derek Johnson, Dr Michael Barke


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