Our Department

The Vienna-based Department of Applied Sociology of Law and Criminology (IRKS) is one of Europe's leading departments in security research. Having been founded as a non-university research facility in 1973, the department became part of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Innsbruck in March 2021.

Our interdisciplinary team conducts research on security, crime, violence and extremism, legal norms, social control and social work. In addition, our studies accompany the implementation of measures and laws and record the effects of social and legal interventions with a diverse and elaborate range of methods. Based on our scientific findings, we are able to pursue our main aim, which is to strengthen the rule of law, social security and the social participation of a diverse group of stakeholders.



Department of Applied Sociology of Law and Criminology (IRKS)

University of Innsbruck

Museumstraße 5/12

A- 1070 Vienna

phone:  +43 512 507 73901

email: irks@uibk.ac.at

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