Annual Conference

Next Conference

We are delighted to announce that the 2023 Conference will be hosted by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)

Sustaining Futures: Remaking Criminology in an age of Global Injustice. 
27 – 30 June, 2023. 

Registration and abstract submission are now open!

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A message from the Conference team: 

We are delighted to be hosting the BSC Conference 2023 at the University of Central Lancashire, 27th-30th June 2023.

There is a large team of us on the conference organising committee at UCLan and we are very excited to be welcoming you to Preston!

We will be providing you with updates over the coming months leading up to the conference, but below are a few highlights we are excited to share at this stage:

  1. We wanted to provide a keynote with a difference this year! So we are delighted to be welcoming local theatre company, Certain Curtain, who will be delivering a keynote theatre performance before the drinks reception on the Wednesday evening of the conference. This is set to be a powerful performance and you can find out more about the company here

  2. We have also organised two themed conference panels, with one exploring ‘Reflections on the Sustainability of Criminology’. This panel will involve speakers offering critical reflections on the sustainability of criminology, considering possible future directions and priorities, including decolonising Criminology and Zemiology.

  3. As is often the case with event organisation, a big topic of conversation for the organising committee has been the food! We have kept sustainability in mind when deciding on our food choices for you all and we hope that attendees enjoy the selection. Refreshments and lunch will be provided on each day of the conference, paid for as part of the registration fee.

  4. Registration is now open here and you can also submit abstracts here. Find out more on the confernce website:

  5. The conference dinner will be taking place at Imperial Banqueting, Preston, which promises to be a beautiful location for the formal dinner.

  6. Follow us on Twitter if you are not already:  @uclanjustice @uclancjp

We can’t wait to welcome you all to UCLan in June 2023

Recent Conferences

2022 – Reimagining Criminological Futures: New Criminologies in a Changing World. 2022 poster

The 2022 Conference was hosted by the University of Surrey

The Centre for Criminology is world renowned for criminological expertise and robust, policy relevant research on crime and crime control.

Conference webpage



2021 – Crime and Harm: Challenges of social and global justice?

Conf poster

The BSC and the Open University collaborated to bring you our first fully online conference – more information about the conference, the programme, network activities, plenary speakers, prizes, together with a special edition of Criminology and Criminal Justice and a range of social events is now available:

Conference Webpage

2020 – Criminology in an Age of Global Injustice(s)

Beyond the Conference 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we were forced to cancel our 2020 conference which would have been hosted by The University of Liverpool. This decision meant delegates missed the chance to network with their peers and present their research. In recognition of these lost opportunities we wanted to offer some alternative ways of engaging.

2019 – BSC Annual Conference – Lincoln – Public Criminologies: Communities, Conflict and Justice

Conference flyer

2018 – BSC Annual Conference – Birmingham – Transforming Criminology: Rethinking Crime in a Changing World


2017 – BSC Annual Conference -Sheffield – Forging Social Justice: Local Challenges, Global Complexities

Conf logo2016 – BSC Annual Conference – Nottingham – Inequalities in a diverse world – Book of Abstracts 2016

2015 logo

2015 – BSC Annual Conference – Plymouth – Criminology: Voyages of critical discovery  – Book of Abstracts 2015

Liverpool20142014 – BSC Annual Conference – Liverpool – Crime, Justice, Welfare: Can the Metropole listen?

2013 – BSC Annual Conference – Wolverhampton – Criminology on Trial

2012 – BSC Annual Conference – Portsmouth – Criminology at the Borders

2011 – BSC Annual Conference – Northumbria – Economies and Insecurities of Crime and Justice

2010 – BSC Annual Conference – Leicester – Human Rights, Human Wrongs: Dilemmas and Diversity in Criminology

2009 – BSC Annual Conference, Cardiff – A Mirror or a Motor? What is Criminology For?

2008 – BSC Annual Conference, Huddersfield – Criminological Futures: Controversies, Developments and Debate

2007 – BSC Annual Conference, London

2006 – BSC Annual Conference, Glasgow

2005 – BSC Annual Conference, Leeds – Re-Awakening the Criminological Imagination

2004 – BSC Annual Conference, Portsmouth

2003 – BSC Annual Conference, Bangor

2002 – BSC Annual Conference, Keele

The BSC conference, previously bi-annual, began to take place annually from 2002

2000 – BSC Annual Conference, Leicester

1999 – BSC Annual Conference, Liverpool

1997 – BSC Conference, Belfast

1995 – BSC Conference, Loughborough

1993 – BSC Conference, Cardiff

1991 – BSC Conference, York

1989 – BSC Conference, Bristol

1987 – BSC Conference, Sheffield

Turning Presentations into Publications

For publications, also see Papers from the British Criminology Conference and consider turning your presentation into a publication.

Conferences Committee

Vicky Heap (Chair), Zöe James, Louise Westmarland, Nic Groombridge, Carina O’Reilly, Kate Strudwick,  Charlotte Harris and Helen Jones.