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Bennett Kleinberg

I am an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Data Science at the Department of Security and Crime Science and the Dawes Centre for Future Crime at University College London. I also hold a guest affiliation at the University of Amsterdam’s Department of Psychology.

My research is about two areas:

(1) Computational approaches to security and crime problems

With more data and a changing landscape of problems, computational techniques are an exciting way to look at existing and novel crime and security problems. I’m especially interested in emerging crime problems and understanding them through complex text data with techniques from natural language processing and applied machine learning.

Ideas I’m working on:

(2) Methods of behavioural data science

Before computational methods can help us understand problems better (or at scale), we need suitable methods and tested assumptions. I’m particularly interested in building robust methods to learn about human behaviour from text and web data. Aside from natural language processing, I’m here also involved in the tool development for computational social science, including applied machine learning.

Ideas I’m working on:

For recent talks/workshops/media coverage, see here

Some of the ongoing and past projects were funded by SAGE, RUSI/GIFCT, The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice

Research group

PhD students

Josh Kamps

Arianna Trozze

Maximilian Mozes www

Felix Soldner

Daniel Hammocks www

Isabelle van der Vegt www

Dawes reading group

We are running a bi-weekly reading group on topics around future crime (incl. data science, policy-making). Info at

Dissertation projects








Brief CV


Review service


All publications can be found on my Google Scholar page.

A list updated in Oct 2019 is available here


If you are interested in doing a PhD, working as a research assistant (in London or remotely) or doing a BSc/MSc dissertation, feel free to reach out to me.