Conference 2017



2017 British Society of Criminology annual conference

The conference was hosted by the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice at Sheffield Hallam University.

Keynote speakers included internationally renowned criminologists:

Professor John Braithwaite – Australian National University
Professor Valerie Braithwaite – Australian National University
Professor Stephen Farrall – University of Sheffield
Professor Fergus McNeill – University of Glasgow
Professor Phil Scraton – Queen’s University Belfast
Dr Beth Weaver – University of Strathclyde
Professor Simon Winlow – Teesside Centre for Realist Criminology

The BSC 2017 conference was a pivotal event to both UK and international delegates, from academic and practice backgrounds, with an interest in: criminology, criminal justice, socio-legal studies, social policy, law, human rights, psychology and sociology. Full conference details

Download full programme (pdf)

The conference was held at Sheffield Hallam University’s city centre campus.


Professor John Braithwaite wins the BSC Outstanding Achievement Award 2017






Prizes were awarded during the conference:

Outstanding Achievement Award: Professor John Braithwaite
Criminology Book Prize: Philippa Tomczak
The National Award for Excellence in Teaching Criminology: University of Derby, presented to Dr Michael Teague & Charlotte Hargreaves
Post-graduate Research Poster Prize: Magda Tomaszewska
BSC Policing Network Annual Prize – Sole authored: Dominic Wood and Joint authored Kath Murray and Diarmaid Harkin
WCCJ Network prize: Anastasia Chamberlen

– Also see prizes page


BSC 2017 Organising Committee
Professor David Best – Head of Criminology
Dr Vicky Heap – Senior Lecturer in Criminology
Dr Jaime Waters – Senior Lecturer in Criminology
Dr Sunita Toor – Principal Lecturer in Criminology
Sue Bulley – Business and Communications Lead
Sheffield Hallam University Events Team

The conference was a great success – feedback has been overwhelmingly positive for all aspects of the location, venue, programme and speakers.

Bursary sponsorship was provided by:

Hart Publishing

SAGE Publishing




Turning conference papers into publications

If you have presented at this year’s Annual Conference please consider submitting to the current volume. 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. The journal will be published in December of the same year. The journal is available free for members. Please see further details here

BJC Virtual Issue

The Conference Organisers compiled a virtual issue of the British Journal of Criminology on the conference theme ‘Forging Social Justice: Local Challenges, Global Complexities’. Visit the journal website to read a range of social justice-related articles, some of which have been written by our plenary speakers.

Catch up with Storify and other media

If you were unable to attend please check out these links for overviews:

Postgraduate round-up 4 July 2017

Day One 5 July 2017

Day Two 6 July 2017

Day Three 7 July 2017

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Poster – ‘Race, Racialisation and the Death Penalty in England and Wales, 1900-65’  – Lizzie Seal and Alexa Neale, University of Sussex.
The research draws on concepts, methodologies and modes of analysis from both history and criminology to explore the over-representation of black and other minority ethnic (BME) people among those capitally punished in the twentieth century (roughly 5% of civilian executions were BME compared to 0.3% of the British population in 1950).

See more about this project here

Blog articles

Punishment, Rehabilitation and Reintegration

This blog article is the text of Fergus McNeill’s closing plenary address at the British Criminology Conference at Sheffield Hallam University 8 July 2017.

Some critics have begun to suggest that desistance scholars offer a reductionist account of crime and its cessation; one which de-contextualises offending behaviour and, worse, responsibilises individuals for their own desistance and reintegration. In essence, desistance research is seen by some as being ‘too agentic’ — too heavily predicated on individualistic notions of rational actors exercising human agency. Eileen Baldry and Phil Scraton are among the esteemed and respected colleagues who have made these points. To de-contextualise and de-politicise both crime and criminalisation is to belie their construction in and through an unjust social order; thus neglecting and perpetuating the inequalities that drive social injustice. See more here

Creative Criminology & Punishing Women

Nicola Harding reflects on what she felt was a “very positive and academically stimulating conference”.

As visual criminology becomes increasingly established and accepted as part of the discipline, it has paved the way from more creative approaches to criminological research. Growing Feminist research in criminology, and an increasing focus upon social harm perspectives, provides a context within which can creative criminology become a part of criminologists methodological tool kit. Particularly, in uncovering the hidden experiences of those subject to structural oppression. See more here

Postgraduate Posters round-up

Charlene Crossley presented Nicola Harding’s poster – see here