The Postgraduate Archive

BSC Postgraduate Committee Seminar Series

The BSC Postgraduate Committee launched its ‘Thinking Differently’ series in 2016 to bring together academics and practitioners to critically explore contemporary issues in criminology. The seminars are a space for postgraduates to contribute to challenging taken-for-granted thinking in criminology and criminal justice.

(2019) Public Engagement and Your Audiences

Led by Jayne Price co-chair of the BSC  Early Career Researchers Network and Carina O’Reilly (then chair of the BSC Postgraduate Committe)

Focussing specifically on Early Career Researchers and Postgraduates, this event was interactive and asked delegates to think about their work and its possible audiences. It also included some guidance on non-academic press outlets. This event was on Zoom and free to attend

Workshop and Q&A format

Recording available here

QUTBursaries were awarded for 2019 and we are grateful to the Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology for their support.


Tuesday May 1, 2018 – Women in Criminology and Criminal Justice. 

As practitioners. As victims. As criminalised.

BSC Postgraduate Committee in association with BSC Women Crime and Criminal Justice Network, Tuesday May 1, 2018 from 11:00 to 17:00 (BST), London, United Kingdom

Recent academic literature highlights the changes that have been made, with research about women in the criminal justice system becoming accepted, read and cited; notable impact upon policy debates concerning women, crime and justice; and there are large numbers of postgraduates doing relevant research and significant, but fewer in junior posts and numbers of faculty. Whilst such positives would point to a cultural shift within criminology, in that it is no longer acceptable to minimise the experiences of women whether they be criminalised, victims or professionals, there is still much work to do.

PhD and early career researchers have an important contribution to make in continuing the pioneering work of feminist scholars such as Frances Heidensohn, Freda Adler, Pat Carlen, and Carol Smart, to name just a few. The aim of this event is to highlight the present context of women in criminology and criminal justice, before thinking ahead about what we may want the future of feminist criminology to look like.  Speakers include:

Dr Marisa Silvestri on Women as practitioners

Dr Charlotte Barlow on Victimisation of women

Dr Irene Zempi Women as victims

Nicola Harding on Criminalised Women

There will be a workshop looking at the key issues for practitioners, victims, and criminalised women.


Thinking Differently about Youth Justice, took place on the 25 April at the University of Leicester. Confirmed speakers for the seminar included Professor Jo Phoenix, Professor Hannah Smithson, Dr Kate Gooch and Piers von Berg.


The first seminar of the series in November 2016, Thinking Differently about Prison Reform, welcomed Professor Joe Sim as keynote speaker.




BSC annual conference 2017 – ‘Forging Social Justice: Local Challenges, Global Complexities’

This took place at Sheffield Hallam University between 4-7 July. In the same format as last year’s conference, postgraduate students had the opportunity to present papers in the main conference. The postgraduate conference on 4-5 July included sessions on getting published, academic writing and building your academic CV. Check out the Storified round up of tweets.

Poster WinnerThe winner of the postgraduate poster prize in 2017 was Magda Tomaszewska, a Postgraduate researcher at the University of Surrey, who is researching experiences of female foreign national prisoners. She has previously written an article for the blog.