The International Centre for Comparative Criminology (ICCC) was created in 1969 as a partnership between the Université de Montréal and the International Society of Criminology. In 2016, the ICCC was transformed into an interuniversity centre that combined the Université de Montréal and the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, thus integrating the rising number of researchers and innovative themes of research (e.g., forensic sciences; law and neuroscience; virtual reality) from this latter institution.

The ICCC’s aim is to unite an interdisciplinary group of experts in the study of crime and the many public, private, and community institutions that are assembled in reaction to crime. The ICCC is the only centre in Quebec that is focused on crime, control, and security at a general level.

Combining the efforts of 60 regular researchers from seven Quebec-based universities (Université de Montréal; Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières; Université Laval; Université du Québec à Montréal; McGill University; Université du Québec en Outaouais; HEC Montréal), one college (Collège de Maisonneuve), and six public or parapublic organizations (Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal; Équijustice; École nationale de police du Québec; Centre de prévention de la radicalisation menant à la violence; Centre de réadaptation en dépendance de Montréal; Centre de recherche universitaire sur les jeunes et les familles), the centre is also the largest and most productive cluster of experts in the field in Canada.

Beyond its regular membership, the ICCC also integrates 101 collaborators within and beyond Quebec and Canada (Brazil, Cyprus; United States; France; Switzerland; Italy; Spain; United Kingdom; Netherlands; Australia; Ivory Coast; South Africa) who participate in our research projects and knowledge diffusion activities. With doctoral degrees in criminology, psychology, sociology, anthropology, law, philosophy, political science, forensic sciences, and biochemistry, these regular researchers and collaborators continue to offer the interdisciplinary foundation that was at the root of the ICCC’s creation close to fifty years ago.

Six research chairs are currently affiliated with the ICCC: 1) the Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity (Benoît Dupont); 2) the Canada Research Chair in Surveillance and the Social Construction of Risk (Stéphane Leman-Langlois); 3) the Canada Research Chair on the Government Provision of Public Goods (Decio Coviello); 4) the Research Chair in Cybercrime Prevention (Benoit Dupont); 5) the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy (Gabriella Coleman); 6) the Canada 150 Research Chair in Forensic Thanatology (Shari Forbes).

In 2014, the ICCC also obtained a NCE Knowledge Mobilization (NCE-KM) initiative grant for the Smart Cybersecurity Network (SERENE-RISC). This infrastructure (directed by Benoît Dupont) serves as a knowledge transfer pole that allows the population to minimize and protect itself against the consequences emerging from computer and internet threats.

The scientific leadership exemplified by ICCC researchers and their contribution to knowledge in these key areas of research extends from the centre’s collective publication record (36 books, 244 peer-reviewed articles, 152 book chapters, and 54 research reports between 2014 and 2016). The centre’s members are also strong leaders in collaborations with a wide array of practical settings that share common needs and interests, data sources, and that benefit from a considerable number of knowledge transfer activities.

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