Crime, Harm and Control in the time of COVID
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The COVID-19 pandemic has had catastrophic effects across the world and continues to devastate the lives of families, communities and businesses. The crisis has led to unprecedented measures of social control during peacetime that have often left law enforcement agencies and civilians unsure of what behaviours are/were permitted. Issues such as social distancing, mask wearing and the vaccination programme have caused social divisions that have further fractured community cohesion. The experiences of black and minority ethnic communities and working class populations in areas such as healthcare, employment, and living conditions have also exposed the desperate realities of inequality and marginalisation in modern society.

This event aims to bring together researchers from the disciplines of law and criminology, as well as criminal justice practitioners to address the legal, social, cultural and economic experiences of the lives of individuals, communities and society in a range of critical approaches. Papers are welcomed that demonstrate either UK or global issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and may penetrate areas such as:

  • the police and the policed
  • vulnerability and marginalisation
  • hate crime
  • gender based violence
  • political corruption
  • historical parallels
  • social inequality
  • the role of social media
  • crimes of the powerful
  • economic exploitation.

To submit a paper, please send a 200 word abstract to iain.channing@plymouth.ac.uk by 18 May 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Iain in the first instance.

Plenary Speaker: Dr Luke Telford 'The Unintentional Harms of the Covid-19 Lockdowns'
We are proud to announce that Dr Luke Telford (Staffordshire University) will deliver a plenary talk based on his recent research with Daniel Briggs, Anthony Ellis, Anthony Lloyd and Justin Kotzé.

Plenary Speaker: Dr Matt Radburn ‘Policing the pandemic: constructing legitimacy in a time of crisis’ (via Zoom)
Dr Matt Radburn will deliver a plenary on his research as part of the Civil Contingency Response strand of a UKRI project. This strand is led by Prof. Clifford Stott of KPAC and Keele University and Project partners include Public Health England, Staffordshire Civil Contingencies Unit, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue, West Yorkshire Police, West Midlands Police and Warwickshire Police. The project seeks to explore the factors which serve to build or undermine solidarity, shared endeavour, and collective resilience between responder agencies in the midst of the ongoing pandemic.

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