HEUNI has a long tradition in scientific research in the area of crime and criminal justice. Since 1983 several studies have been published in our Report series written by international experts, often together with our own staff. Also important conference presentations and documents, as well as topical discussion papers have been published. HEUNI staff also publishes in academic journals, in scientific anthologies and in other relevant fora.
Currently, the research of HEUNI is focused on following main fields: Crime Statistics, Victimisation Surveys, Confidence in the Criminal Justice System, Human Trafficking, Violence against Women, Prisons and Corruption. The choice of topics is guided by the UN Crime Programme. The decisions about the main directions of our research are made independently, taking account of issues discussed at the UNODC Crime Commission, to the interests of European stakeholders in the area and to our own initiatives.
Different research projects are carried out either independently or in cooperation with other institutions and individual experts. HEUNI also often works as a partner in projects coordinated by other research agencies. Networking is an important feature of our research work. The projects are mainly financed from external sources. These include, for example, the UNODC, the European Commission, Council of Europe, and domestic sources.
Partners in the research projects have been i.a. the UNODC, the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention, Statistics Finland, King’s College (UK), University of Tartu (Estonia), University of Manchester (UK), University of Vilnius (Lithuania), Transcrime (Italy), UNICRI (Italy), The Law Academies of Pushkin and Pskov, and Northern Branch (Petrozavodsk) of the Russian Legal Academy of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation (Russia) and the University of Warsaw (Poland).