Calls for Papers

Call for Abstracts: Social Science Approaches to Crime, Harm, and (In)justice

We are pleased to announce our second PhD conference on 22-23 April 2024, at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. It is an excellent opportunity for PhD researchers across the UK to present their work and engage with others working in criminology and related disciplines.

We invite abstract submissions that critically and creatively engage with themes of crime, harm, and (in)justice. This includes empirical and theoretical contributions, methodological and ethical considerations, and implications of your research for policy and practice. We will review abstract submissions on a rolling basis.

The final submission deadline is 15 March 2024.

Submission requirements: Presentation title – Author name(s) – Abstract of max. 250 words – Institutional affiliation(s) – Contact email address.

Please submit your abstract by emailing :

Call for Papers: Drug Policy and Drug Cultures – Ambiguities and Tensions. A BSA Postgraduate Regional Event – 26 April 2024.

Abstracts which address any of the following themes are welcomed:

Theoretical frameworks for conceptualising and/or explaining the contradictory state of drug policy.

Analysis of the implications of specific policy choices for drug users or other stakeholders

The practices of drug users and how these are impacted by broader cultural/policy trends.

The meanings and motivations of drug use from a user perspective.

Any other relevant presentations related to the conference theme.

Deadline for abstract submissions: 25 March 2024.

Participants will have the opportunity to deliver a 20 minute presentation on their work. Please send your abstracts (200-500 words) to the organisers with the subject line BSA Abstract Submission. Decisions will be communicated to participants by 29 March 2024, with registration for the event to be opened shortly thereafter.

Call for Abstracts: Connect Centre Conference  – 2 October 2024, Castle Green Hotel, Kendal, Cumbria.

We are delighted to invite researchers and practitioners to submit papers for the 2024 Connect Centre Conference on: ‘Children and Families Experiencing Harm and Abuse: Research for Change’ UK and international contributions are invited.

We welcome papers which explore any form of interpersonal violence against children or within families, along the following themes:

Impacts of interpersonal violence and the needs of those affected

Service responses and interventions

Service user engagement, co-production, and participation

Diverse and excluded communities and groups

Addressing perpetration

The use and impact of digital technologies

You are invited to submit a 250 word abstract, for a 20-minute presentation in a parallel session, exploring the policy and/or practice implications of your research on children and/or families who have experienced harm and abuse, or sharing how research has informed your practice in this field.

The event will be of interest to those working in policy, research, commissioning and practice, including but not limited to social work, healthcare, policing and psychology.

The conference fee is £50 for practitioners and undergraduate students and £95 for academics, researchers and postgraduate students. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Presenters will need to arrange and fund their own travel and accommodation – a list of suitable accommodation will be provided. The Castle Green Hotel is offering a discounted rate for conference delegates and parking is available at the hotel.

Please submit your 250 word abstract together with details of the presenters at by 2 April 2024. Outcomes will be communicated by 31 May 2024.

Contact Prof Helen Beckett if you require additional information:

Call for Papers – The Fourth International Conference ‘Punishment in Global Peripheries’- Santa Fe (Argentina)

In 2021, the first international conference ‘Punishment in Global Peripheries’ was held online in an attempt to challenge the Northern-centric approach that has dominated the literature on punishment and society. Since then, this initiative has been taken forward. Scholars from around the world gathered in Oxford for the second edition of this conference in 2012. In partnership with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, the third edition took place in Mumbai, India, solidifying and amplifying this network. The Fourth International Conference ‘Punishment in Global Peripheries’ will now take place in Santa Fe (Argentina), keeping it moving across the continents and making it for the first time in Latin America.

We welcome contributions on punishment in peripheral contexts, and are particularly interested in papers that engage with and explore the following topics:

Past and present effects of imperialism and colonialism in contemporary penality

Travels of penal policies and knowledge across core and peripheral contexts, and within peripheral contexts and regions

Complexities and peculiar features of penal trends, institutions, and practices in peripheral settings

Innovative methodological and theoretical perspectives to think of peripheral realities and penalities.

Submission of abstracts

Please send an abstract of up to 300 words by 1 April 2024 to with your name, affiliation, and email address. In the document, indicate whether you intend to participate in the conference in person or online. There is limited funding available for speakers’ accommodation, so please indicate whether you want to be considered for that. Proposals should be in a Word format, and their title should be the author’s surname. Decisions shall be communicated no later than 15 April 2024. 

The event will be held in a hybrid format, physically taking place in the National University of Litoral, Santa Fe, Argentina, but online participation will also be made possible.

This conference is hosted by the Global Criminal Justice Hub of the Oxford Centre for Criminology (United Kingdom) and the Programme Crime & Society and the Master in Criminology, National University of Litoral (Argentina).

Luiz Dal Santo (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)

Máximo Sozzo (National University of Litoral, Argentina)

Call for Chapters: Routledge International Handbook on Wellbeing and Wellness in Criminal Justice

We are seeking chapters from around the World that contribute to our understanding of well-being and wellness in criminal justice contexts in the forthcoming Routledge International Handbook of Wellness in Criminal Justice. We welcome submissions from academics, practitioners, clinicians and people who have been punished by the system or have worked within it. The Handbook will be global, with contributions that focus on practitioners, people who are impacted by the system and that reflect peoples’ lived experiences of the system. We welcome empirical chapters, theoretical/conceptual pieces as well as more creative submissions such as stories, poems, essays or reflections. Chapters can cover any aspect of criminal justice including: policing, courts/sentencing, corrections, victims and communities.

Deadline for abstracts: 1 April 2024. More information and abstract submission here.

If you have any questions, please email:

Call for Papers – Special Issue “Youth Justice: Social Policy, Social Work and Practice”: Reimagining justice for children across youth justice systems internationally.

Focus: Youth justice research and scholarship, particularly the generation of evidence to inform systemic and informal ‘Child First’ and child-friendly practice responses to offending by children.

Scope: Scholarship and applied research conducted internationally (Western and Non-Western world) over the previous decade outside of (before, beyond) and within youth/juvenile justice systems, which have produced evidence-based recommendations for policy and practice focused on child justice.

Purpose: A thorough and multi-faceted examination of the scope, diversity, validity, and utility of research conducted to inform empirical understandings of and policy/practice responses to children’s offending globally and the quality of the methodologies employed and evidence produced by this body of research.

Content will cover (but is not limited to) reimagining and reforming child justice, child policing, child legal processes, child social care, child asylum and immigration, etc. Each article examines the scope for an evidence-based, innovative re-imagination and reform of ‘justice’ for children, prioritising criminal/youth justice, weaving in detail considerations of social, restorative, and distributive justice throughout. Each article will include a ‘state of the nation’ assessment (always international in scope), as well as detailed critical exploration of theoretical, policy, and practice opportunities for justice reform.  This aims to promote innovative, holistic, and comprehensive foci, which coalesce around reforming conceptions, understandings, and processes of justice for children, thus emphasising (for the first time) constructions of Child Justice as opposed to youth or juvenile justice. The innovative elements of this Special Issue include, but are not limited to:
  • Examination of understandings and responses to children with a range of vulnerabilities, adverse childhood experiences, and unmet support needs and is situated in multiple contexts (e.g., support systems, sanctioning organisations).
  • Engagement with multiple ‘justice’ constructs and discourses: youth and juvenile, criminal (18-25 year olds), restorative, distributive, social.
  • Cohering a range of international justice perspectives and lessons for child justice, underpinned and evidenced by research, policy, practice, and lived experience.
Contributions have to follow one of the three categories of papers (article, conceptual paper or review) of the journal and address the topic of the Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Stephen Case
Dr. Kathy Hampson
Dr. Sean Creaney
Guest Editors

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2024

NEW Call for Papers: The Justice Evaluation Journal (JEJ)

The Justice Evaluation Journal (JEJ), an official journal of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, aims to assess the efficacy, efficiency, and equity of crime reduction and prevention programs and policies.  JEJ provides a forum for scholars and practitioners in criminal justice and related sectors to offer answers to fundamental questions of what works and what does not work, and why. 

JEJ welcomes papers concerning criminal justice policies and programs broadly defined. This includes related public policy areas which have an impact on criminal justice outcomes such as social welfare, education, or health initiatives. We publish evidence-based examinations of existing programs and policies and the role of research in practice. 

Submissions should:

  • be no more than 30 pages.
  • focus on the research questions, methodology, findings, and analysis of results rather than extensive literature reviews.
  • explicitly assess the research’s implications for the program or policy in question.

All submitted manuscripts are subject to initial appraisal by the Editor, and, if found suitable for further consideration, to review by independent, anonymous expert referees. All peer review is double-blind and submission is online via ScholarOne Manuscripts.

For more information, contact the Editor, N. Prabha Unnithan, Colorado State University [] or the journal office [] or visit the JEJ Website.

The Springer Nature Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence and The Springer Nature Encyclopedia of Sexual Psychology and Behavior.

Dr. Todd Shackelford is curating two new encyclopedias, and would like to extend an open invitation to any authors interested in contributing entries. Prospective authors are also encouraged to recommend colleagues, graduate students, or advanced undergraduate students to contribute entries as well.

The Springer Nature Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence will be the most comprehensive encyclopedia of domestic violence to date, and will include over 2,000 entries from authors across a wide array of disciplines. The Springer Nature Encyclopedia of Sexual Psychology and Behavior will be a comprehensive encyclopedia of evolutionary perspectives on sexual psychology and behavior, and will also include over 2,000 entries from authors across a wide array of disciplines.

For additional information about either of these encyclopedias, or for a complete list of available entries, please contact Section Editor Madeleine Meehan ( or Section Editor Gavin Vance (

Temple Studies in Criminalization, History, and Society which will be published by Temple University Press.

As a book series editor, I aim to promote both theoretical and methodological understanding of criminalization and its various patterns at the local, national, and global levels throughout modern and contemporary history. The book series is guided by the conviction that issues surrounding criminalization not only reflect the form of society and polity but also assist us in uncovering how hierarchical power relationships and entrenched socialpractices have evolved over time. This examination reveals how injustice occurred and to what extent social and political forces shaped the destiny of individuals and communities in diverse geographies and historical periods. Clarifying this complex process across societies is essential for shedding new light on the most challenging issues we face today. Temple Studies in Criminalization, History, and Societyprovides a platform for emerging and established scholars to address these critical issues, pioneer interdisciplinary approaches, and spark a stimulating and scholarly debate.

You can visit our website for more information, and I will be happy if you let know and disseminate this new book series among your networks. I am eager to publish research monographs of Italianist scholars whose works cover different historical periods.