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Crime Control and Devolution: policy-making and expert knowledge in a multi-tiered democracy: An ESRC Seminar Series

Starts: 19 April 2013

These seminars bring together academics from a number of relevant fields (including criminology, politics and law), policy-makers, practitioners, and interested others to discuss the making of crime policy in the various parts of the United Kingdom since devolution. Studies of crime as a public issue and of crime policy formation have not yet fully addressed the realities of living in a multi-tiered democracy.

We will hold four one-day seminars in Cardiff, Oxford, Belfast and Edinburgh. As well as discussing history, politics and culture in criminal justice before and since devolution they will focus on key current developments in policing and in offender management, desistance and resettlement. Questions about the relationships between knowledge and policy, and about how these are configured in various sites of decision-making are a central cross-cutting theme. 

The first seminar on ‘Devolution and crime control: knowledge and policy’ will be in Cardiff on 18 April (see below).

Subsequent seminars are scheduled to take place as follows. Further details on venue and programme will be published in due course:

Seminar 2:  ‘Policing and Police Governance in a Multi-Tiered Democracy’, Friday 14th June, All Souls College, Oxford

Seminar 3:  ‘Devolution and penal policy – evidence, influences, practices’, Queens University Belfast, Friday 13th September 

Seminar 4: ‘Crime control and devolution in European context’, University of Edinburgh, Friday 6th or 13th December (TBC)


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