Crime professionals come to Northumbria

Friday, 01 July, 2011

The criminal justice sector - never far from the headlines - will be debated by delegates and speakers from around the world as some of the best academic brains and practical minds converge on Northumbria University for this year's British Society of Criminology conference from Sunday 3 until Wednesday 6 July 2011.

The conference brings together leading criminologists, criminal justice professionals, and practitioners working in the field of crime and justice. Under the theme 'Economies and Insecurities of Crime and Justice', participants will take a timely look at how the criminal justice system operates differently in times of economic crisis; what effect reductions in public spending and public control have upon the system; how crime patterns and criminal opportunities change; and examine the impact on victimisation.

Issues being explored are topical and relevant across the world including: how different cultures deal with violence between partners; does inner city violence and gang culture look different in the Welsh Valleys to the streets of Glasgow or across the Atlantic in Vancouver; does the impact of criminalisation of sex workers vary from Sweden to Scotland; why is there a fight for recognition of hate crime against vulnerable people; and what are the challenges that technology brings to the criminal justice system.

Professor Lynn Dobbs, Dean of Northumbria University's School of Arts and Social Sciences said: "It is a huge accolade for the School and the University to attract this prestigious conference here. We have worked hard over the last 18 months to ensure that there is relevant, innovative, thought provoking debate which will send delegates and speakers away with considerable ideas, theories and practical help to take forward into their areas of work.

"Our Department of Criminology is consistent in its excellent National Student Survey results - demonstrating our commitment to delivering top quality programmes that engage with our subject disciplines and we have always prided ourselves on our global perspective on society. This conference reflects that quality and reach."

Hosted by Northumbria University's Criminology team from the School of Arts and Social Sciences, the conference will take place at the new City Campus East.

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