Past Events

2015 Sypmposium

9th September, University of Central Lancashire


The 2015 Crime and Security Symposium took place on the 9th September 2015 at the University of Central Lancashire. The theme for the day was "21st Century Challenges, 21st Century Solutions: New approaches to Crime and Security Policy"


Building on both the work of the University of Central Lancashire’s Crime and Security Policy Seminar Series and the Crime and Security Policy Network, this symposium was an attempt to initiate and develop a broad researcher-led conversation about evidence based crime and security policy, providing a strong and distinctive voice that advocated for the benefits of academic engagement with the policy process, as well as providing concrete examples of how the best of current research could shape a more humane and effective policy response.


The programme focussed on the proliferation of complex crime and security risks in the 21st century, and in particular paid special attention to the impact of growth in digital technologies, the challenges of regulating transnational crime, terrorism, violent radicalisation and the impact of austerity.



9:30-10:00 AM




Introduction and Plenary Address

Prof. Matthew Feldman, Teesside University

Some Features of 'Doublespeak' and right-wing extremist rhetoric today



Coffee Break



Parallel Pannels


The Politics of Victimhood

  • Kim McGuire, Lancashire Law School

Victimhood: Vulnerability or bias crime?


  • Una Barr, Lancashire Law School

Women Desisting from Offending Behaviour: Beyond the Victim/Survivor Dicohtomy


  • Laura Kelly: Lancashire Law School

Deafening Imprisonment


The Politics of Security

  • Alma Agostini, Liverpool John Moores University

State Control and 'Domestic Extremism' in 21st Century Britain


  • Ian Turner, Lancashire Law School

A Communitarian Justification for Measures to Prevent Terrorism in the UK






The Politics of Policing

  • Victoria Loizou, University of Central Lancashire

Policing a Virtual Community: Facebook


  • William Allchorn, University of Leeds

Public Order Management in Bradford 'post-riots': The case of the English Defence League


  • Mark Littler, University of Hull

Migrant Generation & Trust in the Police: A Quantitative Exploration






Kenote Address

Michael Salter, Lancashire Law School

Who decides security threats: The politics of defining threats to security, and the difficulties of legislating for unknown threats



Rountable Discussion:

'Where Next for Crime and Security Policy in the 21st Century?'



Closing Address

Mark Littler, University of Hull

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