Thinking Differently about Youth Justice – Event & Call for Papers

The BSC Postgraduate Committee’s ‘Thinking Differently’ series brings together academics and practitioners to critically explore contemporary issues in criminology and challenge taken-for-granted assumptions. The series seeks to build on the work of the BSC Postgraduate committee’s work by hosting events that seek to provide a meaningful and relevant contribution to the criminology postgraduate experience within a supportive and inclusive environment.

Thinking Differently about Youth Justice

Contemporary youth justice can be suggested as laden with both problems and opportunities. Despite difficulties resolving the longstanding disproportionate treatment of particular groups (Smithson et al 2013, Uhrig 2016), opportunities to divert significant volumes of young people from youth justice services have also arisen. While responses to those who remain have become refocused on areas such as education (Taylor 2016), the status of young youth justice experts has also become elevated, with the promise that young voices can gain greater prominence (YJB 2016). This current state of flux has heightened the need for critical scrutiny (Phoenix 2015) while also cementing the importance of relationships between research, policy and practice, such as through the Greater Manchester Youth Justice University Partnership.
The BSC Postgraduate Committee would like to welcome postgraduates to the one-day event Thinking Differently About Youth Justice where space will be provided for discussion, reflection and the drawing together of contemporary themes in youth justice.

FREE Event

Tue 25 April 2017, 10:00 – 16:00 BST

Charles Wilson Building
University of Leicester
University Road

Please book your FREE place via the Eventbrite link below.


Confirmed Speakers:

Professor Jo Phoenix (Open University)
The Death of Youth Justice?

Professor Hannah Smithson (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Knowledge Transfer and Youth Justice: Developing and Embedding Youth Justice Research in Practice

Dr Kate Gooch (University of Leicester) and Piers von Berg (University of Birmingham)
Session title tbc

Call for abstracts

We invite abstract submissions of 300 words from postgraduate students on the theme of Thinking Differently About Youth Justice drawing on themes described above, and contemporary issues more broadly. Please email your abstracts to by 24th March – we will provide outcome notifications by 31st March.

Photo credit: BBC


Call for Papers – ‘thinking differently’ about prison reform

The BSC post graduate committee are hosing a series of ‘thinking differently’ events. The first in the series is about prison reform.

The event is 15th November in Liverpool, with Professor Joe Sim, Liverpool John Moores University, as keynote speaker.

Full event details can be found here:

We are inviting students to submit an abstract to speak at the event. Abstracts must be no longer than 300 words and fit into the ‘Thinking Differently About Prison Reform’.

For any questions and to submit an abstract, please email The deadline is 28th October, successful students will be notified by 4th November.



Special Call for Contributions: Chilcot Inquiry

We are putting out a special call for contributions to a blog piece, written by criminology postgraduates. This is an opinion piece, and we are only after a small paragraph 150-300 words, that discusses the potential implications of the report from a criminological perspective.

You can address any area of  the report or talk more generally about the impact upon wider criminal justice issues.

If this relates to your research, or would like to make a longer contribution (500-800 words) this would also be welcomed. (Please indicate in your email if you would like to offer an extended piece and I will send you the details back before you write your contribution).

Please email with your contribution by Wednesday 13th July.

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Call for Contributions

BSC Postgraduates, we need YOU! We are looking for contributions from the criminology postgraduate community, for the all new BSC Postgraduate Blog.

In order to showcase the interesting and cutting edge research that we know postgraduates in criminology are doing, we have opened a call for contributions to the new postgraduate blog. To become a contributor to the blog, we ask that in the first instance you email an expression of interest to

Initially all we need to know is a short (150 words max) biography. Including the subject of your PhD, your year of study and university. Additionally please briefly explain what you will blog about. Please enclose a portrait image that you are happy to include with your blog post, and your preferred contact email (also to be published with your blog post).

Once accepted, we will give you a deadline and guidance helping you to submit a 500-800 word blog. Once looked over by the editors, the blog will be published and shared to our mailing list, followers and on social media. We will send you an email with the link to your blog, which you will be able to share and add to your CV.

Blogging is a growing form of academic engagement, and is becoming increasingly valuable for networking and disseminating your research. We look forward to facilitating this for postgraduate students within criminology.

BSC Conference – 6-9th July 2016

The Postgraduate Conference, Nottingham Conference Centre, 6-9th July 2016

The Postgraduate Committee organises its own event prior to the main annual BSC conference. The BSC Postgraduate Conference is an opportunity to discuss work in progress in a friendly and supportive environment. It also provides a forum for gaining constructive feedback from peers and a chance to engage in what we hope will be lively debate with other postgraduate criminologists. The conference also presents an opportunity to meet a number of established scholars in an informal setting. The Postgraduate conference is open to all post graduate students and there are student bursaries available.

The call for papers, draft agenda and registration for this year’s Conference, ‘Inequalities in a Diverse World’, are now available:

Conference website:

Conference email:

Twitter: #BSCConf16

Apply for a bursary

Postgraduate Bursaries

Thanks to the generosity of Hart Publishing and The Centre for Law Enforcement and Public Health, we are offering number of postgraduate bursaries to attend this year’s conference.

Each bursary will cover the full conference fee for one PhD student, and accommodation for three nights (5th to 7th July inclusive).

Eligibility criteria

You can apply for a postgraduate bursary if you meet ALL of the following criteria:

1. You are presenting a paper at the BSC Conference 2016

2. You are a registered PhD student (full-time or part-time)

3. You are a member of the British Society of Criminology (BSC)

How to apply

To apply for a bursary you must submit:

  1. Your completed bursary application form
  2. Your completed abstract submission form
  3. A letter of support from your PhD supervisor on institutional headed paper. This should also confirm that you are a registered PhD student and indicate your year of study.

Please send ALL THREE documents together by email to Claire Davis (Chair of the British Society of Criminology Postgraduate Committee) at Please make it clear in the subject line that it is a bursary application form.

Please note, the deadline for bursaries has been extended to the deadline for abstract submission – which is Monday 23rd May 2016.