Annual Conference

Criminology in Times of Transition – 10-12th July 2024 – University of Strathclyde – Glasgow

We are delighted to announce that this year’s BSC Conference is set to be the biggest yet! Compared to the average BSC, we have received almost three times the usual number of abstracts for this year’s conference at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow this July. It’s not just the volume of abstracts that has been so phenomenal, the quality and variety of scholarship are also incredibly impressive.

This does, however, mean the conference is over subscribed, and that we have exceeded our maximum capacity, but we are working now to find a way to facilitate as many people as possible who want to come and present their work, listen to others, and meet colleagues.

One way we are facilitating the expanding scale of the BSC 2024 is to begin the main conference on  Wednesday morning at 09:00 am on 10th July with registration opening on Tuesday 9th July, in the afternoon.

If you have submitted an abstract you should now have been contacted by the organising team (acceptance/rejection emails were sent last week).

Registration is now open, however due to the overwhelming amount of interest in this year’s conference, only those with an accepted abstract will be able to register to attend the main conference. Abstract acceptance does not guarantee a place. Registration is open and places are available on a first come first served basis.

Conference website.

Postgraduate Bursaries 2024

The BSC is offering a number of bursaries to attend the conference at Strathclyde this year.  We would like to thank SAGE and BSC members who have made donations to the scheme and allowed us to offer more bursaries.  

Each bursary will cover the full residential conference fee for one postgraduate student. There is one application process for all bursaries.



You can apply for a postgraduate bursary if you meet ALL of the following criteria:

You are presenting a paper at the BSC Conference 2024

You are a registered PhD student (full-time or part-time)

You are a member of the British Society of Criminology (BSC)

Full guidance details and an application form can be downloaded here

Applications and enquiries to the BSC PG chair, Grace Gallacher (


The PG bursary scheme is now closed for 2024.

The BSC Bursary Scheme is sponsored by SAGE publishing.                                               

Recent Conferences

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

The 2023 conference was hosted by the University of Central Lancashire.  


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

The 2022 Conference was hosted by the University of Surrey

Conference webpage




Conf poster

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

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

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

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

2014 – 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.