The British Society of Criminology annual international conference is being hosted by the Plymouth Law School, Plymouth University from 1st July to 3rd July 2015 with the postgraduate conference from 30th June to 1st July 2015. The overarching conference theme is ‘Criminology: Voyages of Critical Discovery’, reflecting criminology’s critical breadth and Plymouth’s history of exploration. The aim of the 2015 conference is to provide space for delegates to take reflexive and critical voyages through debate and contestation.

Conference Registration Closes: 26/06/15

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Papers from the British Criminology Conference 2015

An Online Journal Published by the British Society of Criminology since 1995 ISSN 1759-0043

If you are presenting a paper at this year’s conference the British Society of Criminology would welcome submissions to the 2015 edition of the online journal based on your conference presentation. We welcome contributions from Plenary Papers, Panel Papers and Postgraduate Papers. All submissions are peer-reviewed. The final deadline for submissions is two months after the end of the conference - 3 September 2015. The journal will be published in December 2015. The journal is available free at: publications page. Please submit your paper via email to Guidelines on submissions are available on the Publications page of this website.


The theme for the conference is: ‘Criminology: Voyages of Critical Discovery’. This reflects the spirit of Plymouth as a point of departure for numerous voyages of discovery. Plymouth has a history of discovery, given that the Pilgrim Fathers set off for the ‘new world’ from what is now known as the ‘Mayflower Steps’ on Plymouth’s Barbican. Those voyages of imperial conquest are now viewed with ambivalence: the source of heroic myth and pride for some, a prelude to genocide and enslavement for others. Other journeys (such as the transportation of the Tolpuddle martyrs) were made unwillingly, in a context of mass repression.

The British Society of Criminology annual conference 2015 aims to take criminology on a reflexive and critical voyage that explores our ambivalence over the past, the present and the future. With the spirit of adventure comes the necessity of critical reflection, debate and contestation. With this in mind the BSC 2015 conference is organised around a set of plenary panel discussions that provide keynote speakers with the opportunity to present their ideas and discuss them in the round. This exciting format for the conference is intended to encourage and motivate discussion and debate in subsequent panel and paper sessions. This will provide an excellent forum for an inclusionary dialogue and therefore promote a dynamic conference environment from which numerous voyages of critical discovery may be made.

Plenary speakers

Professor Elliott P Currie (New Directions in Criminology)

Elliott Currie is Professor of Criminology, Law, and Society at the University of California, Irvine. He has also taught in the Legal Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley, and in the Board of Studies in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His research specialises in criminal justice policy in the USA and other countries, causes of violent crime, social context of delinquency and youth violence, etiology of drug abuse and the assessment of drug policy, race and criminal justice. Professor Currie is the recipient of numerous awards, including the August Vollmer Award from the American Society of Criminology and both the Donald Cressey Award and the Prevention for a Safer Society (PASS) Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.

Professor Rowland Atkinson (New Directions in Criminology)

Rowland Atkinson is Professor in Inclusive Societies. His research crosses the boundaries of urban studies, sociology, geography and criminology by exploring social problems and urban life, seeking to look at what are often hidden issues and the causes of different forms of exclusion and inequality. His current research continues to examine urban social problems including the role of the super-rich in residential life in the UK, gentrification, community trauma/violence and social vulnerability.

Professor Kathleen Daly (Re-discovering Restorative Justice)

Kathleen Daly is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University (Brisbane), Australia. She has conducted research in the fields of sociology, criminology and criminal justice, women's studies, and law, with interests in how social inequalities affect crime, victimisation, and justice practices. In the last decade, she has conducted research on restorative justice, contemporary forms of Indigenous justice, and international criminal justice, with a focus on innovative justice practices for domestic, sexual, and family violence. Professor Daly is interested to address moral and political questions about the character and qualities of justice, and the meanings of justice from the perspective of both victims and offenders.

Professor Kieran McEvoy (Re-discovering Restorative Justice )

Kieran McEvoy is Professor of Law and Transitional Justice at Queens University Belfast. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and has been a visiting professor at New York University, Cambridge, London School of Economics and Harvard Law School. He has a long history of human rights and conflict transformation activism. He has served as a board member of the Committee on the Administration of Justice for much of the last two decades, as well as being a founding board member of Community Restorative Justice Ireland. He is also an active member of Healing Through Remembering.

Professor Mary Bosworth (Crimmigration: policing and punishing migrants in a global world)

Mary Bosworth is Professor of Criminology and Fellow of St Cross College at the University of Oxford and, concurrently, Professor of Criminology at Monash University, Australia. She is Assistant Director of the Centre for Criminology and Director of Border Criminologies, an interdisciplinary research group focusing on the intersections between criminal justice and border control. Prof. Bosworth conducts research into the ways in which prisons and immigration detention centres uphold notions of race, gender and citizenship and how those who are confined negotiate their daily lives. Her research is international and comparative and has included work conducted in Paris, Britain, the USA and Australia.

Professor Sharon Pickering (Crimmigration: policing and punishing migrants in a global world)

Sharon Pickering is an Australian Research Council Professorial Future Fellow and Professor of Criminology. Her research is on irregular border crossing and she has written in the areas of refugees and trafficking with a focus on gender and human rights. Sharon leads a series of Australian Research Council projects focusing on the intersections of security and migration, deportation, and police and community responses to Prejudice Motivated Crimes. She has worked extensively with government agencies and law enforcement and with local and international NGOs. She has previously worked in Northern Ireland, on counter-terrorism policing, and human rights and women in South East Asia.

Professor Ben Bowling (Crimmigration: policing and punishing migrants in a global world)

Ben Bowling has taught at Kings College, London, since 1999. He was previously Assistant Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (City University of New York), Senior Research Officer in the Home Office and lecturer at the University of Cambridge. He has been a visiting professor at the University of the West Indies and at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Ben’s research examines practical, political and legal problems in policing and the connections between local and global police power. His work explores central themes of fairness, effectiveness and accountability.

Professor Joe Sim (Postgraduate Plenary: Public Criminology)

Joe Sim has been Professor in Criminology at Liverpool John Moores University since 1984. His research and teaching is on the history of prisons and punishment, contemporary penal systems and developments in criminological theory. His research and published work examine the relationship between penal systems, crime and social order, health care in prisons, the politics of criminological research and masculinity and crime.


Conference venue

Plymouth is located on the border between Devon and Cornwall on the South West coast of England. The region is an area of outstanding natural beauty and amongst the most popular tourist destinations in the UK. Plymouth is a vibrant, compact city by the sea. The university and its facilities enjoy a central city location and thus is within walking distance of hotels and the famous Barbican and Hoe, boasting numerous fine restaurants and pubs, in a rich historical setting.

Plymouth University is located at the heart of the city of Plymouth, with excellent rail and road links. The campus boasts an extensive range of modern conference facilities including state of the art lecture theatres, exhibition venues, galleries, meeting and breakout rooms. Plymouth University’s dedicated conference and events team work with delegates to provide a comprehensive support package so that the conference is a success. Our meeting rooms offer the ideal space for focused presentations or group work, away from usual working environments. The campus accommodation is well equipped with modern facilities and comfortable furnishings offering en-suite single bedrooms with all towels and bedding provided.

Travelling to Plymouth

There are hourly trains from London Paddington that take between 3-4 hours, the driving time is similar. The nearest airports are Exeter and Newquay, both of which are approximately an hour (40-60 miles) away and are near or have access to train stations that have direct links to Plymouth. Bristol airport is 2 hours away by car or train. London Gatwick and Heathrow are 4 hours away by car with good rail and National Express coach service links. Plymouth also has an international ferry port serving France (Roscoff) and Spain (Santander).

The following have sponsored our postgraduate bursary scheme: