The 2017 Crime and Security Symposium will take place on the 7th April 2017 at the University of Hull. The theme for this year's symposium is "After Brexit: Responding to Populism, Austerity, and Anti-Globalisation"


The last 12 months have seen a series of intersecting challenges reshape political discourse across the Western world: the growth of populism and anti-immigrant sentiment, the continuation and entrenchment of austerity economics, and the growth of anti-globalisation politics broadly exemplified in the UK’s vote to leave the European Union.


Alongside this, hostility to 'experts' has combined with distrust of policymakers and the political process leading to the development of increasingly emotive, and evidentially unsound, policies. The need for dispassionate analysis, and evidence-based engagement with crime and security policy has thus never been more acutely felt, yet pathways to engagement often remain unclear, with many academics unsure of how to take the first steps towards participation in the policy process.


This year’s symposium is designed to address these challenges, bringing together academics working on the interface between these challenging issues and the criminal justice – and security – system for a series of workshops and presentations aimed at sharing the best of policy focussed research and building knowledge both of the policy process and means of engaging with policymakers. In so doing it will attempt to foster a broad researcher-led conversation that gives a strong and distinctive voice to those who advocate for the benefits of research-led policy, and offer a showcase for suggestions of how contemporary research can help better shape policy responses to these difficult issues.


The organisers of the symposium welcome contributions that address crime and security policy broadly defined. These may come from any area of the social sciences or humanities.


In line with the theme of the symposium, they are particularly keen to receive sumbissions addressing the following broad themes:


The Politics of Policing

  • The post-Brexit rise in hate crime
  • Ethnic tensions and trust in the police – particularly following high-profile police shootings in the UK and the USA
  • Austerity and police funding
  • Cross-border policing and the challenge of transnational crime
  • The future of European police cooperation
  • Metro mayors and police accountability


The Politics of Punishment and Imprisonment

  • Responses to prison radicalisation
  • The experiences of non-native prisoners
  • The return of penal populism
  • Austerity and the future of rehabilitation

The Politics of Security

  • Online Radicalisation: political and policy responses
  • Daesh and the risk of returnees
  • Domestic terror networks
  • New counter-terror legislation
  • Public perceptions and popular representations of security problems


The Politics of Victimhood

  • Public attitudes and popular representations of victims
  • The experiences of non-native victims
  • Anonymity in contemporary Criminal Justice
  • New developments in victimization – social media, online victimization and the policy response
  • New developments in protective measures for victims

9:30-10:00 AM




Introduction and Plenary Address



Coffee Break



Parallel Pannels

1)The Politics of Victimhood

2) The Politics of Security






Parallel Pannels

3) The Politics of Policing

4) The Politics of Punishment and Imprisonment






Kenote Address



Closing Address

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