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30th Annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology conference
December 5-8, 2017
30th annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC) conference will be held at QT Canberra, Australia . The conference is hosted by a partnership of the Australian Institute of Criminology, the Australian National University and the University of Canberra.
Celebrating 50 years of ANZSOC, the 2017 conference theme is ‘Acknowledging the past, imagining the future’.
The conference will bring together academics, researchers, students, policy makers and practitioners from across the criminology and criminal justice field to share knowledge and insights from criminology’s rich traditions, its vital current contributions and its emerging future.
More details: http://www.anzsoc2017.com.au/
University of Essex
Tuesday December 5, 2017 (13.00-14.30)
Human Rights Centre and Centre for Criminology
Speakers from Aquaconsult and WaterAid ‘The right to water’ (full title to be confirmed)
Human Rights Centre seminar room, 5S.6.25
University of Essex
Tuesday December 5, 2017 (18.00-19.00)
Dr Elena Martellozzo, Middlesex University: ‘Online Child Sexual Abuse’
Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology Lecture Series
Wednesday December 6, (16.00-18.00): Room 714/15, 7th Floor, Muirhead Tower.
Grenfell: from social harm to social murder? Professor Steve Tombs, Open University
This event is free, open to all and will be followed by a wine reception, but to secure your place, please register via Eventbrite here:
December 7, 2017
Professor Juliet Stumpf (Robert E. Jones Professor of Advocacy and Ethics at Lewis & Clark Law School)
The event is free to attend and will be held at GO Jones Building, Queen Mary University of London. Professor Juliet Stumpf is a scholar of crimmigration law, the intersection of immigration and criminal law. Her current research explores innovation in immigration law, and seeks to illuminate the study of immigration law with interdisciplinary insights. She is a co-author of Immigration and Citizenship: Process and Policy (8th ed. West 2016), and will co-author the third edition of Forced Migration: Law and Policy (West).
December 8, 2017
The event is free to attend and will be held at the Royal Statistical Society in London. The programme will contain a mixture of presentations from data producers, including the Office for National Statistics (ONS), and researchers who use crime-related data.
See more here: https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/news-and-events/newsitem/?id=5140
Policing and Professionalisation: opportunities and challenges
The Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) is organising the Scottish International Policing Conference, building on the success of the previous International Policing Conferences.
Supported by the James Smart Memorial Trust and the Scottish Government, the theme of this year’s conference is Police Professionalisation and Leadership, with contributions from the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson, MSP, the Chair of the Scottish Police Authority, Andrew Flanagan, the Deputy Chief Constable, Johnny Gwynne, and Dr Victoria Herrington, Australian Institute of Police Management.
Free to attend but register here
17 January 2018
Professor Jackie Harvey and Dr Peter Sproat, Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University
In the UK and elsewhere over recent years there has been a series of measures introduced to recover assets from convicted criminals. The implications that this has had in practice, in terms of those targeted and assets recovered, are considered in the paper and the extent to which police and other regulators are well-placed to act in this area are considered.
Free to attend
Being There: Ethnography and the Study of Policing
18-19 January 2018, University of Liverpool
This two day conference, organised by the Police Ethnography Research Collaboration with the International Criminological Research Unit, will be an opportunity for dialogue about the value of ethnographic approaches for enhancing our understanding of policing. We warmly invite abstract submissions from researchers from any discipline who wish to contribute to our discussions.
For more information and registration details see: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/management/research/projects/perc/event/
Leeds Historical Criminology Seminar – Inaugural Event
History and Criminal Justice Policy
24 January 2018
Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, University of Leeds
ACJS 55th Annual Meeting
February 13-17, 2018
“So What? Understanding What It All Means”
Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, LA
Wednesday 21 February 2018
Laura Longstaff, Department of Psychology, Northumbria University
This seminar will showcase the influence that Occupational Psychology can have within policing. Specifically, the work carried out by Dr Laura Longstaff, with Northumbria Police Force, reviewing and implementing changes to the recruitment process of Police Officers in line with best practice guidance will be outlined. Research plans regarding evaluating the outcomes of the changes to the recruitment process and tracking the health and well-being of new recruits over time will also be discussed.
Free to attend
Wednesday 21 March 2018
Carol McCartney, Law, Northumbria University
Since the emergence of forensic DNA profiling and the corollary creation of DNA databases, efforts to maximise the efficiency and utility of DNA technology have intensified. Developments on a local, regional and global scale may challenge ‘accepted’ use of DNA, yet such efforts are expedient given the imperative that expenditure on DNA should be cost-effective and the benefits demonstrable. To this end, regimes governing forensic DNA have often been adjusted to better target those from whom DNA will prove most ‘profitable’, and to expand the uses of retained DNA. Yet the European Court of Human Rights in 2008 clearly articulated the need for a ‘balance’ between police powers to retain the DNA of citizens, and privacy concerns, human rights and public interest.
The Court left unsaid what this balance should be, leaving such calibrations to domestic legislators. The Court was likewise silent on whether there ought to be limitations on the uses of retained DNA.
In delivering a unanimous but terse ruling, the Court left States wide discretion, and while scientific and technological advances continue to attract the eye of ethicists and sociologists, (particularly around developments such as phenotyping and familial searching), the governance and legal regimes of DNA databases garner far less critical attention. In some instances, a ‘balance’ originally struck may have been destabilised by subsequent legal reforms, or changes in practice, and regimes are in need of re-calibration. Thus forensic DNA databases continue to raise questions of legitimacy and acceptability, particularly when accounting for ongoing efforts to maximise DNA efficiency and utility.
Free to attend
Redesigning Justice: Promoting civil rights, trust and fairness
21–22 March 2018, Keble College Oxford
Our relationship with justice is complex. Justice and the systems for delivering (criminal) justice are often criticised but rarely is there a credible, achievable challenge to the status quo proposed: most want to tinker around the edges. We are witnessing a global climate of mistrust and challenge to the establishment, political elites as well as justice leadership. The time is right to consider the way we do justice and what we want the justice system to achieve.
The conference will shine a light on seemingly intransigent aspects of justice systems including what equality and legitimacy mean 50 years after the assassination of Martin Luther King and why prison is still so central to justice responses to crime. It will also seek to develop thinking on the changing dynamics of crime with the increasing prominence of cybercrime and fraud but also the impact of the changing nature of public discourse, with the rise of social media, on justice debates.
Further information can be found at: http://howardleague.org/events/redesigning-justice-promoting-civil-rights-trust-and-fairness/
10-12 April 2018
Northumbria University, UK
Concepts of identity, community and social solidarity are central sociological themes, while also highly contested. One important move has been to introduce multiplicities to their formulation – identities etc. – but some argue this rhetorical response has not gone far enough to respond to the problems created by singular narratives of who people are, or what forms a community, or a sense of belonging. More recently, the call – both outside and inside academia – in the contexts of the conflicts and uncertainties across the globe, is for collectivist approaches that unite. ‘We are the 99%’ being just one evocation of this.
The collectivist shift has emerged as a challenge to right wing voices who make use of the language of difference in order to manipulate and encourage division. How, therefore, do we explore what can be shared across different groups, locations, social needs; while providing equal recognition of differences founded in previous histories and present realities of harm, privilege and inequality?
This conference will address these and other related issues through an exploration of the concepts of identity, community and solidarity from a multidimensional perspective, engaging with some of the most urgent debates of our times. The broader the range of voices present to engage with these issues, the broader the learning will be.
Wednesday 18 April 2018
Philip Anderson, Computer Forensics, Northumbria University
Digital evidence plays an integral role in all aspects of our modern day lives. Although strongly related to the field of cyber security, digital forensics concerns itself with the collection of evidence after a crime has taken place as opposed to the prevention of a crime.
As most criminals now leave a digital trail, digital evidence prominently features in many investigations.
Digital forensics is a rapidly evolving field and as such this seminar will provide an overview on the extraction, preservation and analysis of digital evidence obtained from different electronic devices in a legally acceptable manner.
Free to attend
Wednesday 16 May 2018
Dr Pauline Ramshaw, Special Constables
Despite efforts to increase the recruitment of Special Constables such endeavours are being hampered by consistent attrition, with 24.4% of Special Constables leaving during 2015-16 (Home Office, 2016). Survey research by Gaston and Alexander (2001) and Whittle (2014) draws attention to long standing issues affecting the retention of Special Constables, including the fact that many leave to make the transition to Police Officer.
This paper expands upon these issues by drawing on early findings generated from a small scale pilot study that considers the motivations and situated occupational experiences of Special Constables, and their bearing upon satisfaction and commitment to the role. Retaining a focus on the northeast of England, the research generated new empirical data from semi-structured interviews with Special Constables. The intention is to help inform understanding of the experiences, motivations, and challenges faced by Special Constables, to gain greater insight into workplace issues that may contribute towards Special Constables’ decision to resign.
Free to attend
The 16th International Symposium of the World Society of Victimology 2018
June 10-14, 2018, Hong Kong, China
The Symposium is jointly organized by City University of Hong Kong and World Society of Victimology and will be the first time the Symposium is held in China. We are excited about the opportunity to bring together academics, policy makers and practitioners to stimulate dialogue and create a better understanding on victimology around the world.
More details to follow – check the website