Yasemin Irvin-Erickson

Yasemin Irvin-Erickson

Yasemin Irvin-Erickson

Assistant Professor

Urban security, victimization, technology, economic empowerment of vulnerable populations; crime prevention, evidence synthesis

Dr. Yasemin Irvin-Erickson is Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, and a Fellow at the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center. She researches primarily in the area of urban security, victimization, technology, and the economic empowerment of vulnerable populations.

Her recent work in this area includes evaluating the impact of violence on vulnerable populations, the potential uses of technology in response to violence and victimization, the relationship between violence against women in transport and women’s economic empowerment, and translating best available evidence on crime and victimization into actionable knowledge for practitioners. In 2016, Dr. Irvin-Erickson was selected to serve among 13 researchers and practitioners in the Rutgers Violence Against Women Research Consortium funded by the National Institute of Justice. In 2017, Dr. Irvin-Erickson and her team were selected among 10 teams worldwide to receive a Development Marketplace Innovation Award in response to gender-based violence with a mobile survey application they developed to crowdsource real-time data on transit users’ experiences and fear of violence in public transportation. Since 2016, Dr. Irvin-Erickson has served as a key project member for the Center for Victim Research funded by the Office for Victims of Crime.

Current Research

Ongoing Projects

Mapping for Policy, “A Whole Journey Approach to Tackling Sexual Victimization in Public Transit”


  • Role: Principal Investigator

  • Amount: US$100,000
  • Funder: Sexual Violence Research Initiative and World Bank Group Development Marketplace for Innovation on Gender-based Violence Prevention Award

Systematic Review of Barriers to, and Facilitators of Women’s Participation in High Productivity Labor Market Sectors

  • Role: Senior Reviewer
  • Funder: DFID
  • Amount: US$86,000


Survey of State Attorney General Offices

  • Role: Co-principal Investigator
  • Funder: Bureau of Justice Statistics, Department of Justice
  • Amount: US$449,735

Selected Publications

Zolnik, E. J., Malik, A., & Irvin-Erickson, Y. (2018). Who benefits from bus rapid transit? Evidence from the Metro Bus System (MBS) in Lahore. Journal of Transport Geography, 71, 139-149. 

Irvin-Erickson, Y., La Vigne, N., Levine, N., Tiry, E., & Bieler, S. (2017). What does Gunshot Detection Technology Tell Us About Gun Violence?. Applied Geography 86: 262-273.

Irvin-Erickson, Y., Lynch, M., Gurvis, A., Mohr, E., & Bai, B. (2017). A Neighborhood-Level Analysis of the Economic Impact of Gun Violence. Urban Institute.

Levy, J. M., Irvin-Erickson, Y., & La Vigne, N. (2017). A case study of bicycle theft on the Washington DC metrorail system using a routine activities and crime pattern theory framework. Security Journal, 31(1), 226-246.

Malik, A. A., Mohr, E., & Irvin-Erickson, Y. (2017). Can refugees provide the impetus for urban regeneration? Economic integration, social networks and well-being in Peshawar, Pakistan. Journal of Urban Regeneration & Renewal, 11(1), 30-43.

La Vigne, N. G., Paddock, E., Irvin-Erickson, Y., Kim, K., Peterson, B. E., & Bieler, S. (2017). A Blueprint for Interagency and Cross-Jurisdictional Data Sharing. Urban Institute

Irvin-Erickson, Y., & La Vigne, N. (2015). A spatio-temporal analysis of crime at Washington, DC metro rail: Stations’ crime-generating and crime-attracting characteristics as transportation nodes and places. Crime science, 4(1), 14.

Grants and Fellowships

Awards and Fellowships 

Development Marketplace: Innovations to Prevent Gender-Based Violence Award, 2017. Awarded by World Bank Group and Sexual Violence Research Initiative for supporting research and innovation to help address the problem of sexual harassment in and around public transportation ($100,000)

National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellowship, 2012-2014 ($25,000) Rutgers University Dissertation Fellowship, 2012 ($20,000)

Rutgers Center on Public Security Research Assistantship, 2011-2012 ($15,000) Gerhard Mueller Scholarship, Rutgers Alumni Association, 2010 ($600) TUBITAK Graduate Fellowship, 2006-2008 ($20,000)

Past Grants (Completed Projects)

Rutgers Violence Against Women Research Consortium (Sub-contract to Rutgers University; 2017-2018)


  • Role: Consortium Core Faculty
  • Funder: National Institute of Justice
  • Amount: US$166,000 base funding with potential for increase as research tasks are assigned

Harnessing the Power of Businesses in Responding to Refugee Crises: A  Blueprint for Improved Humanitarian-Private Sector Collaboration (2016-2018)

  • Role: Co-principal Investigator
  • Funder: U.S. Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
  • Amount: US$199,432

Harnessing the Power of Businesses in Responding to Refugee Crises: A Blueprint for Improved Humanitarian-Private Sector Collaboration (2016-2017)

  • Role: Co-principal Investigator
  • Funder: U.S. Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
  • Amount: US$199,432

Making Growth Work for Women in Low Income Countries Research Consortium (2015-2017)

  • Role: Co-PI and Project Manager (Lead Investigators: Dr. Elizabeth Peters and Dr. Nan Astone)
  • Funder: Canada’s International Development Research Centre, U.K.’s DFID, and Hewlett Foundation
  • Amount:  US$1,639,486

Understanding the Economic Impact of Gun Violence (2015-2017)

  • Funder: Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund
  • Role: Principal Investigator 
  • Amount: US$400,000

Economic Impact of Refugees on Host Communities: Social Networks, Economic Vulnerability, and Resilience among Urban Refugees in Kenya, Turkey, and Pakistan (2015-2017)      

  • Role: Investigator
  • Funder: U.S. Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
  • Amount:  US$200,000

Analyzing Crime Patterns and Trends in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area: Documenting the Value of Cross-Agency and Cross-Jurisdictional Data Integration (2014-2015)

  • Role: Acting Co-principal Investigator
  • Funder: National Institute of Justice
  • Amount: US$689,507

Courses Taught

Crime and Crime Analysis; Social Research Methods I, Social Research Methods II; CRIM320: Crime and Place

Education

Ph.D., Criminal Justice, Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice, 2014.
M.A., Criminal Justice, Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice, 2010.
M.A., Forensic Science, Istanbul University, Institute of Forensic Sciences, Turkey, 2009.
B.A., Sociology (with a minor in Psychology), Middle East Technical University, Turkey, 2004.

Recent Presentations

“Gun Violence, Businesses, and Housing Values: A Neighborhood Level Analysis of the Economic Impact of Gun Violence,” The American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, November, 2017, Philadelphia, PA.  

"Technology and the City: Routes to Women's Economic Empowerment," Urban Institute public event discussant, March 2017, Washington, DC.

In the Media

Identity Theft and Fraud: What Do We Know from Research and Practice, Center for Victim Research Webinar Speaker, January 2019. 

“Criminal (In)Justice,” podcast guest, September 2017.