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Gregory Breetzke

Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology, University of Pretoria

Gregory Breetzke is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology at the University of Pretoria. His formal education includes a BSc and BSocSci at the University of Pretoria and an MSc cum laude in Geographical Information Science (GIS) from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) in The Netherlands. Prof Breetzke received his PhD at the University of Pretoria in 2008, with a specialization in geodemographic offender profiling. His research interests include analysing the spatial-temporal patterns and trends of offender origins and crime incident locations. Other current interests include the development of indigenous theories of crime as well as examining crime as a development issue.

Prof Breetzke is a member of the Society of South African Geographers (SSAG), American Society of Criminology (ASC), and former committee member of the New Zealand Geographical Society and founding student member of the Geographical Information Society of South Africa (GISSA). He has over 80 international research outputs and has won a number of local and international prizes for his research. He is a member of Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis group (ECCA) which is an association of leading international scholars in the fields of environmental criminology, crime science, situational crime prevention, intelligence-led policing and problem-oriented policing. He has been quoted frequently in print and online media both in South Africa and abroad and has given numerous presentations of his work at academic conferences and symposia around the world. He has previously consulted with the South African Police Services (SAPS) as well as New Zealand Police and has active research collaborations with colleagues in the United States, and New Zealand.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, University of Pretoria


  • 2008 
    University of Pretoria, PhD (Geoinformatics)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation