University hosts British Society of Criminology conference

Plymouth University is preparing to host the annual conference of the British Society of Criminology.

More than 250 of the world’s foremost thinkers in the fields of criminology and criminal justice will be attending the event from June 30 to July 3.

It will include keynote addresses by leading academics from the UK, United States and Australia, as well as workshops and discussion groups tackling a range of topical subjects.

The conference will also see prizes awarded to researchers and academics who have excelled in their field over the past 12 months.

Plymouth University successfully bid to host the 2015 conference, and it will carry the theme Criminology: Voyages of Critical Discovery, reflecting the city’s status as the staging post for some of the greatest voyages in British history.

Dr Zoë James, Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Criminology at Plymouth University, said:

“We are very pleased and proud to be welcoming delegates to the 2015 British Society of Criminology conference. To be selected as hosts of the event is a reflection of the high regard in which both our academics and students are held, and also of the high quality of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses. It is an opportunity for us to showcase our expertise to potential new partners, and to engage with leading thinkers and influencers from all over the world.”

As well as academics from universities across the UK, the list of delegates includes representatives from Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, New Zealand and the United States.

They will attend a set of panel discussions which aim to provide keynote speakers with the opportunity to present their ideas and discuss them in the round.

Among the topics being debated will be public criminology, new directions in criminology, re-discovering restorative justice and crimmigration: policing and punishing migrants in a global world.

The format is intended to encourage and motivate discussion, providing a forum for inclusionary dialogue and promoting a dynamic conference environment from which numerous voyages of critical discovery may be made.

British Society of Criminology Executive Director, Dr Charlotte Harris, said:

“We are delighted to be coming to Plymouth University this year for our annual conference. The annual conference is vitally important to the British Society of Criminology, our members and other attendees. It is an opportunity to step back from some of the more routine aspects of our jobs, and share wisdom, push boundaries and discover, to present research, theory, policy and practice developments and innovations. We like to move the conference around the country and Plymouth University – with its large and eminent criminology department – was an obvious choice.”

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