Past Events

See our list of past conferences and events below.

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Previous Events and Seminars



Dr Hannah Bows (Durham University)

Discussants: Dr Amanda Spalding (Sheffield); Natalie Christian (Sheffield)

Title: Domestic abuse against older adults - emerging findings from a study on victims and perpetrators

Date: 23 June 2022

Reinvigorating Research – CCR/SCJ PGR Conference

Title: Reinvigorating research: methodological reflections, emergent or resurgent themes, interdisciplinary.

Date: 10 June 2022


The theme of the conference is Reinvigorating Research - within this broader focus, PGRs are invited to submit an abstract that connects with the following non-exhaustive list of themes:

  • Methodological reflections: Challenges and opportunities in the (post)pandemic context.
  • Emergent or resurgent themes: Inequality; access; risk governance; safety and securitisation.
  • Interdisciplinarity: Developing new conversations and expanding horizons within the field of Security, Conflict and Justice.

We welcome and encourage expressions of interest by PGRs regardless of the stage of their research. The aim of this event is to bring together PGRs not only from criminology, but also from various other disciplinary backgrounds, in a friendly environment to engage with each other’s research. This will be a very beneficial opportunity for PGRs to present their work and get feedback, test ideas, reflect on methodological or other challenges brought upon by covid, and network with peers.

Christopher Bennett (Philosophy, Sheffield), Udit Bhatia (Philosophy, Sheffield), Mark Brown (Law, Sheffield), Katherine Ebury (English, Sheffield), David Hayes (Law, Sheffield), Richard Percival (Law, Sheffield)

Workshop: Humanities Perspectives on Criminological Questions

Title: Humanities Perspectives on Criminological Questions

Date: 27 April 2022


This workshop will showcase some of the diversity of criminological research at Sheffield. We will be featuring perspectives from the humanities: in particular, history, literature and philosophy. In bringing together researchers who are working on a diverse range of perspectives, we aim to emphasise the wide range of criminological research going on in CCR, and to encourage mutually beneficial networking.

Dr Grace (Yu) Mou (SOAS, University of London)

Title: Techniques to Exploit Vulnerabilities: Persuasion and Education in Chinese Police Interrogations

You can view the presentation for this event here

Date: 27 October 2021

Sights, Sounds and Art: New Directions in Criminal Justice Research (Seminar Series) 

This was a seminar series of monthly 2-hour events which provided a platform for scholars who are forging innovative ways of doing criminal justice research in different parts of the world. Events took place either face-to-face or virtually. However, all face-to-face events were livestreamed for registered attendees.

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Dates: 8 September - 8 December 2021

The sights of criminal justice - 8 September 2021

Location: Virtual

Panellists: Dr Michael Fiddler (Greenwich) and Dr Maggie Wykes (Sheffield)

Chair: Dr Gilly Sharpe (Sheffield)

The sounds of criminal justice - 13 October 2021

Location: School of Law, Bartolomé House, Winter Street, Sheffield S3 7ND (Room: Moot Court). Please note that we will livestream this event for registered attendees.

Panellists: Dr Leila Ullrich (Queen Mary's), Dr Kate Herrity (Cambridge) and Dr Mark Brown (Sheffield)

Chair: Dr Lindsey Rice (Sheffield)

The art of criminal justice - 10 November 2021

Location: Virtual

Panellists: Dr Roxana Willis (Oxford), Dr Lambros Fatsis (Brighton) and Dr Layla Skinns (Sheffield)

Chair: Dr SJ Cooper-Knock (Sheffield)

Keynote speech delivered by Dr Jo Deakin (The University of Manchester) - 8 December 2021

Location: School of Law, Bartolomé House, Winter Street, Sheffield S3 7ND (Room: Moot Court). Please note that we will livestream this event for registered attendees.

Chair: Dr Mark Brown (Sheffield)

2020 - 2021

Climate Changed: Refugee Border Stories and the Business of Misery

Daniel Briggs 

Date: 28 April 2021

The two-sided spectacle at the border: Between hyper visibility and denial of migrant suffering

Katja Franko 

Discussant: Dr Mark Brown (CCR Director)

Date: 3 March 2021

Irregular Migration from Eritrea and the ‘Smuggling/Criminality Nexus

Joseph Whittle 

Date: 10 February 2021

Confronting Penal Excess: Retribution and the Politics of Penal Minimalism 

David Hayes, Author Meets Critics

Discussants: Professor Lucia Zedner (Oxford) and Professor Dirk van Zyl Smit (Nottingham) 

Date: 14 October 2020 

2019 - 2020

Criminal Law Reform in the Postcolony: Nikita Sonavane in Conversation with Prabha Kotiswaran and Tarunabh Khaitan

Note: This event was recorded on 24 September 2020 and does not consider additional concerns surrounding subsequent changes to the mandate and composition of the Committee for Reforms in Criminal Laws. 

You can find the transcript here

You can also view the occasional paper here.

Seeing people in the round: the challenge for criminal justice policy and practice

Speaker - Joanna Shapland (Sheffield)

Wednesday 10th June 2020

Cross-sectoral responses to prison suicide

Speaker - Philippa Tomczak

12th February 2020

Author meets readers – Police powers and Citizens’ Rights: Discretionary Decision-making in Police Detention

Author - Layla Skinns (Sheffield), Critics - Megan O’Neill (Dundee) and Adam White (Sheffield)

30th October 2019

Reading Pictures: Art History and the Sociology of Punishment

Speaker - Eamonn Carrabine (Exeter)

2nd October 2019

Methods and Data in Sentencing Research: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches

Thursday 11th and Friday 12th July 2019

Bartolome House, Sheffield 

‘Humanities Perspectives on Crime and Justice’ Workshop

Friday 31st May 2019



2018 - 2019

Author Meets Critic: The Resettlement of Sex Offenders after Custody, Circles of Support and Accountability

Wednesday 24th October 2018

Speaker - Author Dr David Thompson, University of Sheffield meets critic Sarah Armstrong from the University of Glasgow.

Regulating Police Detention: Voices from behind closed doors

Wednesday 21st November 2018

Speaker - Dr John Kendall, Author

‘Help me please’: Terror, Trauma and Self-Inflicted Deaths in Prison

Wednesday 5th December 2018

Speaker - Prof Joe Sim, Liverpool John Moores

The Criminal Justice Voluntary Sector: Emerging Scholarship

10 January 2018


Desistance: Agency, structures and policy - an international seminar at the University of Sheffield

11-12th January 2018


New directions in hate reporting research: agency, heterogeneity and relationality

Wednesday 13th February 2018 at 17:15

Speaker - Prof Catherine Donovan, Durham University

Ultra Realism: A Guide for the Uninitiated

Wednesday 13th March at 17:15 

Speaker - Professor Simon Winlow - Northumbria University

Complex Victims, Responsibility and Transitional Justice in Northern Ireland

Wednesday 1st May at 17:15

Speaker - Dr Sarah Jankowitz

New Perspectives on Criminological Questions

24 May 2018


Understanding Implicit Bias and Policing

4-5th June 2018


A two-day research symposium exploring implicit bias and how it impacts policing policies and policing outcomes.

2017 - 2018

Author Meets Critics: Taking Care of Business: Police Detectives, Drug Law Enforcement and Proactive Investigation.

Wednesday 11th October 2017

Speaker - Author Dr Matthew Bacon, School of Law, University of Sheffield with critics Professor Simon Holdaway (Nottingham Trent University) and Charlie Lloyd (University of York)

Death in Punishment

25-26 October 2017


Policing Permissive Space: Rethinking sovereignty and statehood in South Africa

Wednesday 8th November 2017 

Speaker - Dr Sarah Jane Cooper-Knock, University of Edinburgh

Send out a Signal, I’ll Throw You a Line”: Insights for Desistance Research from Signaling Theory

Wednesday 6th December 2017

Speaker - Professor Shadd Maruna, University of Manchester

Veterans and violence: an exploration of pre-enlistment, military and post-service life

Wednesday 7th February 2018

Speaker - Dr Katherine Albertson, Sheffield Hallam University 

QuadCOPters & Robbers: Constables, criminals and disruptive drones

Wednesday 21st February 2018

Speaker - Philip Wane, Nottingham Trent University  

'A tale of two institutions'. This will be about David's journey from criminal to criminologist and prison to university.

Wednesday 21st March 2018

Speaker - David Honeywell, York University 

Drug Prohibition, Inequality and Consumer Capitalism: A Toxic Trap

Wednesday 18th April 2018

Speaker - Dr Keir Irwin Rogers, Open University 

Queering the Pitch? LGBT Prisoners Rights, Needs and Experiences

Wednesday 25th April 2018

Speaker - Dr Nicola Carr, University of Nottingham

Understanding Implicit Bias and Policing

4-5 June 2018


A two-day research symposium exploring implicit bias and how it impacts policing policies and policing outcomes.

2016 - 2017

Child Sexual Exploitation: Learning from Rotherham and Beyond

Date: 8 July 2016

A one-day symposium on child sexual exploitation on "Learning from Rotherham and Beyond"

Cities, Crime and Disorder: A Dialogue between Urban Studies and Criminology

Date: 14-15 September 2016

A symposium led by Rowland Atkinson (University of Sheffield) and Gareth Millington (University of York)

The city has been central to the development of the field of criminology, it is both the site of the majority of many forms of crime and a type of social space that has generated many key insights into our understanding of why crime occurs and what the structural and social conditions and forces that shape the motivations of individuals and groups to pursue deviant careers or engage in harmful acts. The rationale for this symposium lies in our identification of the often disconnected ways in which criminology and urban studies have identified problems of crime, harm and disorder.

Working with the Police on Policing

Date: 12-14 October 2016

This conference focused on the ways academics and the police do and can work together, drawing on real-world collaborations between academics and the police from different countries. In terms of format, each panel session at the conference involved academics talking alongside police practitioners about specific research projects where they have worked closely together.

Crime, Punishment and Society Conference

Monday 10 - Tuesday 11 April 2017

A two-day conference exploring the interrelations between crime, criminal justice, politics, and citizenship. 

The Voluntary Sector in Criminal Justice: Setting the Research Agenda

Date: 5 - 6 June 2017

A two-day conference on the voluntary sector in criminal justice.