The Postgraduate Committee is a sub-committee of the BSC and comprises of postgraduate research students and academic staff from universities across the UK. The aim of the Postgraduate Committee is to further the interests of current postgraduate students of criminology and related disciplines, and build connections between postgraduate students and the BSC Executive.
The Postgraduate Committee organises workshops and seminars for postgraduate students throughout the year, including a postgraduate event prior to the annual BSC conference.
- The Postgraduate Conference
- Postgraduate Poster Prize Archive
- Postgrad Archive
- Seminar Series
- Find us on Facebook
- Meet the Postgraduate Committee
- Postgraduate Blog
The Postgraduate Conference
The BSC annual conference gives postgraduate students the opportunity to present papers in the main conference and also in their own dedicated section of the conference. During this space, the postgraduate posters are displayed and judged. Below is the 2021 winner. See here for previous winners
The British Society of Criminology Postgraduate Committee organise a research poster exhibition displayed during the annual conference.
The winning entry was from Alison Hutchinson, who wins a prize from SAGE. The award team said they were impressed with how she incorporated the conference themes throughout her poster, which was accessible and aesthetically pleasing.
Alison Hutchinson – firstname.lastname@example.org
With the dependence on fisheries for nutrition and employment increasing globally, marine species are under increasing pressure from over-exploitation. That they remain primarily defined as food and commodities, rather than as wildlife is testament to their position within global governance structures. Drawing from a green criminological, non-speciesist framework, I question how issues of species justice can be elevated within both conservation and trade discussions. To do this, I present three cases on commercially exploited marine species: 1. the minke whale, 2. the queen conch, and 3. the Atlantic bluefin tuna. I discuss how conservation and trade bodies, namely CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), incorporates concerns for marine species and prioritises the preservation of some wildlife over others. By focussing on the value systems that support the variable conservation and commodification of marine species, it is possible to better understand how attitudes surrounding harm and victimhood can act to perpetuate global inequalities and the marginalisation of both non-human animals and people.
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.
The most recent event was:
These are challenging times for new criminological research. The aim of this event is to explore the innovative and interdisciplinary ways in which we are using, or could use, new and established methods to address a wide range of research challenges in contemporary criminology, criminal justice and beyond. Postgraduate and early career researchers have important contributions to make in pioneering inventive methods and approaches. This event is a space to discuss the challenges we face in research and the role methods play in helping us address those challenges.
This event is part of the ‘Thinking Differently’ series which seeks to bring together academics and practitioners to critically explore contemporary issues in criminology. These events are a space for postgraduates to contribute to questioning taken-for granted thinking in criminology, criminal justice and beyond.
We are also on Facebook
Join our BSC postgraduate committee on Facebook. The Facebook group is a valuable forum to share information and get support from postgraduate colleagues http://www.facebook.com/groups/116889601731834/
The Facebook group is managed by a team of criminology postgraduate students: Jessica Eaton from Birmingham University, who is researching victim blaming after rape and sexual assault of women. Nicola Harding, from Manchester Metropolitan University, who’s PhD is entitled ‘places on probation: experiences of criminal justice intervention beyond the prison gates’ and Gillian McNaull from Queens University Belfast, who’s research looks at women’s experiences of remand imprisonment in Northern Ireland.
We are also on Twitter (@BSCPG1)
Chair – Grace Gallacher
I am currently the chair of the committee. I am interested in wellbeing of students and building and having a support network that transcends our institutions. In this vein, I am focusing on building up the network again and I am always happy to chat to anyone who wants to get involved. I believe we need to support each other and flourish together in a collegiate environment which we can carry on into our careers and beyond. I have recently handed in my PhD so I have experienced most aspects of the journey including child rearing and other ‘fun’ life things, so if you want a supportive place which a dose of realism and a touch of humour please get in touch.
Grace is a Lecturer in Policing and Criminology at Leeds Trinity University.
Twitter @grace_gallacher | @BSCPG1
Rowan Sweeney, Deputy Chair of the BSC Postgraduate Committe
- I am a Doctoral Researcher and Graduate Teaching Assistant in Social Sciences at York St John University. My research relates to restorative justice, criminological teaching and learning, critical theory, intersectionality, decolonization, and social justice. I am in the final year of my PhD which critically explores the production, and exclusion, of restorative justice knowledge(s) in criminology curricula in England and Wales. I am also involved in ongoing research exploring decolonisation and intersectionality within higher education curricula with the aim of developing inclusivity and amplifying marginalized voices.
Lottie is a final year PhD student and Lecturer in Criminology at Anglia Ruskin University. Her research interest lies within sexual violence and particularly, the criminal justice response. Her PhD research is examining the impact of sexual history evidence on mock jury deliberations in rape trials.
Lottie says: I am the Event Co-Ordinator of the BSC Postgraduate Committee and have worked alongside the rest of the Committee to set up multiple virtual ‘Happy Hour’ events, to build up networks and share experiences amongst the wider BSC postgraduate community.
Reece is a first year PhD student and Graduate Teaching Assistant at Edge Hill University. His research area is primarily in Green Criminology and my PhD project is briefly titled ‘The Phenomenology of Ecocide’. He has completed an MRes exploring how the carbon market is framed under a new neoliberal paradigm and he is also interested in language and harm, philosophical criminology and zemiology.
Reece says: I assist in organising events, collecting CfPs and replying to queries. My role is also expanding the reach of the network.
Nick Gibbs is a final year PhD student and University Teacher in Policing at Leeds Trinity University. His research mainly concerns the use and supply of image and performance enhancing drugs, and the relationship of these substances to political economy and contemporary subjectivity.
Nick says: I am the Liaison Officer for the BSC post-graduate network, which basically means I contact any speakers we have and send out communications (and occasionally run the Twitter account).
Liam Miles studied for his first degree in Criminology at Birmingham City University. Since graduating with a first-class degree in July 2021, he was fortunate enough to have been a successful candidate in a PhD research study within Birmingham City’s School of Social Sciences. His research will examine how young people engage with activism within their local communities considering rapid urban change. To achieve this, he will undertake a Youth participatory action research project which will involve working with young people in Birmingham who will design their own activism project on a social issue that is significant to them. Alongside his PhD research, he is a visiting lecturer in Criminology, also at Birmingham City University, teaching first year undergraduates in their core modules.
Liam says: As a committee member of the British Society of Criminology’s post graduate committee, my role is to help manage the social media page and attend meetings which decides themes and concepts to discuss at network meetings.
Soozi Baggs is in the final year of a funded PhD at the University of Plymouth, researching the harms surrounding women’s gambling and currently level 4 lead for the criminology and criminal justice degree at Plymouth.
Soozi says: I am the editor of the post graduate committee blog and I am always looking for new and interesting content so if you have an idea please get in touch.