Lucia Summers

Research Associate

Address: UCL Department of Security and Crime Science, 35 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9EZ
Phone No: +44(0)20 3108 3049
Fax No: +44(0)20 3108 3088
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Lucia Summers

Lucía graduated in 1999 from the University of Sussex with a BSc (Hons) degree in Experimental Psychology. After this, she completed an MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology (2002, University of Leicester), an MSc in Research Methods for Psychology (2003, University College London) and a PG Cert in Learning and Teaching at Higher Education (2006, University of East London).

Since joining the UCL Department of Security and Crime Science in 2003, Lucía has carried out research on a range of areas but her main interests lie in the spatial analysis of serious violence, which is the topic of her PhD (currently being completed). She is also interested in the study of offender decision making (in relation to both violence and property crime), especially in relation to the spatial and temporal aspects of criminal activity.   


Summers, L. (2010). Virtual repeats and near repeats. In B. S. Fisher and S.P. Lab (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention. London: Sage.

Summers, L.; Johnson, S.D. & Rengert, G.F. (2010). The use of maps in offender interviewing. In W. Bernasco (Ed.), Offenders on Offending: Learning about crime from criminals. Cullompton, Devon: Willan.

Summers, L. (2009). Las técnicas de prevención situacional del delito aplicadas a la delincuencia juvenil. [Situational prevention techniques applied to the problem of youth crime.] Revista de Derecho Penal y Criminología, 1, 395-409. [Spanish]

Johnson, S.D.; Summers, L. & Pease, K. (2009). Offender as forager? A direct test of the boost account of victimization. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 25(2), 181-200.

Summers, L. (2007). La medición estadística de las pautas espacio-temporales del delito. [The statistical measurement of spatio-temporal crime patterns.] Boletín Criminológico, 100. Available online. [Spanish]

Summers, L.; Johnson, S.D. & Pease, K. (2007). El contagio de robos de vehículos y sustracciones de objetos en vehículos: Aplicaciones de técnicas epidemiológicas. [The contagion of theft of and theft from motor vehicles: Applications of epidemiological techniques.] Revista Española de Investigación Criminológica, 5, artículo 1. Available online. [Spanish]

Johnson, S.D.; Summers, L. & Pease, K. (2006). Vehicle Crime:
Communicating Spatial and Temporal Patterns. Report submitted to the Home
Office. Available online.

Johnson, S.D.; Bowers, K.; Guerrette, R.; Summers, L. & Poynton, S. (2010). Systematic Review of the Empirical Evidence of Spatial Displacement and Diffusion of Benefit among Geographically Focused Policing Initiatives. Invited presentation at the 3rd Evidence Based Policing conference in Cambridge, July 2010.

Summers, L. (2007). Solving Local Crime Problems. Invited presentation at a conference entitled Crime Prevention: Czech Republic and International Perspectives in Prague, October 2007.

Summers, L. (2007). La Prevención Situacional del Delito [Situational Crime Prevention]. Invited lecture at the University of Girona (Spain), November 2007.

Summers, L. (2008). Las Técnicas de Prevención Situacional del Delito Aplicadas a la Delincuencia Juvenil [Applying Situational Crime Prevention Techniques to the Problem of Youth Crime]. Invited lecture at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (Spain’s distance learning university), February 2008.

Summers, L. (2008). Reducing the Supply and the Demand for Illicit Drugs: Developing a Good Practice Guide for the European Union. Invited presentation at a conference entitled Tackling Drugs, Reducing Crime in Nottingham, April 2008.

Summers, L. (2011). Ilustraciones de la Aplicación de la Prevención Situacional del Delito [Case Studies in Situational Crime Prevention]. Invited lecture at the University of Castilla La Mancha (Spain), Febrero 2011.

Summers, L. & Johnson, S.D. (2009). La Teoría del Forrajeo Óptimo Aplicada al Delito contra la Propiedad y el Desarrollo de Mapas Predictivos [Optimal Foraging Theory Applied to Property Crime and the Development of Predictive Maps]. Invited lecture at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (Spain’s distance learning university), June 2009.

Summers, L., Johnson, S.D., and Rengert, G.F. (2008). The Use of Maps in Offender Interviewing. Invited presentation at a conference entitled Offenders on Offending: How do we Learn from Criminals about Criminal Choices? Leiden, Netherlands, October 2008. 

Vozmediano, L.; Summers, L. & San Juan, C. (2008). Situational Crime Prevention and Environmental Criminology in Spain. Invited presentation at the Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis seminar in Izmir (Turkey), March 2008.

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