Christopher Bates


Christopher J. Bates is the project coordinator for the Illicit Connections Opaque Networks Laboratory at California State University, Long Beach. Recently, Christopher and ICON Lab colleagues investigated the relationships among criminologists with social network analysis. The result, The Network Map of Criminological Thought, is a novel tool for understanding the historical development criminology. Previously, Christopher worked as a research assistant for the Adaptation Development and Positive Transition Laboratory. Christopher led colleagues in measuring neighborhood health by analyzing online “street view” imagery. Currently, he is adapting the novel systematic social observation instrument to investigate crime prevention through environmental design. Christopher also assisted ADAPT Lab colleagues researching the impact of socioeconomic inequality on children’s antisocial behavior. Outside of research, Christopher has served as a geographic information systems consultant to an after school education provider. In 2013, he served as the official webmaster and photographer for the 5th Annual Illicit Network Conference. As a sale specialist at Recreational Equipment Incorporated for over eight years, Christopher has fueled his passion for outdoor adventures. Christopher plans to build a program of research focused on the interplay between peer social networks, neighborhoods, and crime.