Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Laptop Protection: Prey

Following Alexandra’s earlier post about the importance of backing up your work and protecting your dissertation, this might be informative as well in case your laptop gets lost or  stolen.
I’m not sure if it helps with computers as a halfway competent thief will probably wipe the harddisk before it can connect to the web. But it's free and probably can't hurt having it - just in case you're lucky enough to have a stupid thief.

So, after you have backed up your work (because we can’t stress enough how important that is), consider the below as a second form of insurance to help recover the hardware.
There are some excellent free software solutions available to protect laptops and track them if stolen/missing, such as: (works on mac, windows and linux)

Once installed and the portable reported missing, it can send reports to the owner's email with photographs of the "thieve" that is using the laptop, screen shots, the ip address of the network were it is being used and, more important, an estimated geographical location, based on the network that it is connected to. With the ip address, the internet service provider can localize the exact house number and address (provided they want to do it). These should be all very useful for the police.

Of course this needs to be installed before the laptop is missing. This is by no means a replacement for a regular backup habit!

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

The Harvard Guide to Postdoctoral Fellowships

Amy pointed us towards the useful Harvard Guide to Postdoctoral Fellowships with tons of information on what you should do if you want a Postdoctoral Fellowship. 
The link on the side 'Scholarly Pursuits' is also really good, it has samples for writing grants, scholarship applications, fellowship applications, and postdoc applications, among other things. Check it out!

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Tip to stop procrastination: Freedom

'Freedom frees you from distractions, allowing you time to write, analyze, code, or create.'

How often do you check your email a day? Go on facebook? Check the news? Is that really necessary or is it merely an enormous and unwelcome distraction from your work? If the answer is yes, try this: Freedom, a program that disconnects your computer from the internet for the amount of time you want to. You cannot fool the program, the only way to get connected to internet again, is to either wait or restart your computer.
It works for me!

The only thing is that you need to specify a certain amount of minutes. If you go away from your computer, the clock stops counting. I would personally prefer a program that would enable me to set a certain time (e.g. I want to be offline until 1pm). If you know of any other program that can do this, let me know!

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Law and Society Association: Call for Papers

The Law and Society Association is accepting papers for its annual conference, to be held on June 2-5, 2011. The abstracts are due on December 8, 2010. See here for more details.

Monday, 25 October 2010

New technology in 'crime control'

I am a fan of new technology but sometimes it can just go too far. This is what I would call 'scary stuff':

What, exactly, is the point of this aspect of the App: "an augmented reality view allows users to look through the camera lens of their smartphones to pull up addresses in any given direction" I can't see any point other than making people even more scared than they already must be if they are using this app.

I am a fan of new technology but sometimes it goes wrong: offenders unmonitored as tagging system fails

How cool- it's the twenty-first century panopticon, especially this bit: The offenders - about 300 in the state, most of them sex offenders - were never aware they were not being tracked, state Department of Corrections spokeswoman Linda Eggert said.

I wait, in dread, for the day that the app in the first story gets access to the data in the second.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Criminology Seminars starting again with Sytske Besemer and Murray Straus

This Thursday (14 October 2010) the IoC Public Seminar Series for Michaelmas term will start with a talk by professor Murray Straus on corporal punishment by parents and links to criminal behaviour. This seminar will be preceded by a presentation given by Sytske Besemer, PhD student at the IoC, on the intergenerational transmission of violence. Sytske's presentation starts at 4.30, professor Straus' presentation will begin at 5.30. All are welcome!
For an overview of talks this term, visit the Institute of Criminology website.

Monday, 4 October 2010

Amy Nivette wins 2010 ASC Gene Carte student paper competition

We are delighted to announce that Amy Nivette, Ph.D. student at the Institute of Criminology in Cambridge, has won the 2010 ASC Gene Carte Student Paper Competition with her paper titled 'Cross-national predictors of homicide: A meta-analysis'. The prize will be awarded at the Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony of the American Society of Criminology on Wednesday 17 November at 6.30.

Below is the abstract of Amy's paper:
"Cross-national research has increased in the past few decades, resulting in a large body of empirical research. In particular, cross-national studies are often limited in data sources, which restrict variable selection to debatable proxy indicators. This study therefore utilizes meta-analytic techniques to examine major cross-national predictors of homicide in order to determine strengths and weaknesses in theory and design. The findings indicate several critical limitations to cross-national research, including biased sample composition, a lack of theoretical clarity in predictor operationalizations, and an overwhelming reliance on cross-sectional design. The predictors that showed the strongest mean effects were Latin American regional dummy variables, income inequality indicators and the decommodification index. Conversely, static population indicators, democracy indices, and measures of economic development had the weakest effects on homicide."

Friday, 1 October 2010

Fellowship program

Five College Fellowship Program 2011-12*

Five Colleges is pleased to announce its search for Fellows for the
2011-2012 academic year.

Five College Fellowships offer year-long residencies for doctoral students
completing dissertations. The program supports scholars from
under-represented groups and/or scholars with unique interests and histories
whose engagement in the Academy will enrich scholarship and teaching.
Normally, four fellowships are awarded each year.

Each Fellow is hosted within an appropriate department or program at Amherst
College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College or Smith College. (At
Smith, recipients hold a Mendenhall Fellowship.) This is a residential
fellowship. Fellows are provided research and teaching mentors and connected
through the consortial office to resources and scholars across the five
campuses, which include UMass Amherst. The office also supports meetings of
the Fellows throughout the year.

The fellowship includes a stipend of $30,000, a research grant, health
benefits, office space, housing or housing assistance, and library
privileges at all five campuses belonging to the consortium.

While the award places primary emphasis on completion of the dissertation,
most fellows teach at their hosting institution, but never more than a
single one-semester course.

*Date of Fellowship:* August 31, 2011 to May 31, 2012 (non-renewable)
*Stipend:* $30,000
*Review of Applications Begins:* January 3, 2011
*Awards Announced:* March 2011

For application instructions, go to:

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Website for criminology students

This website is specifically designed for crime and justice students. It contains news, discussions, and events related to crime and criminology and is being managed by students from the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research and the European Society of Criminology. Our conference is advertised on it!

Phd is like Kindergarten

Monday, 30 August 2010

Protect your dissertation!

The smart folks over at the Savage Minds blog have put up a good reminder post about the need to back up your dissertation to sources beyond an external hard drive, citing the case of a graduate student who had both his laptop and his external hard drive stolen. They recommend using Drop Box. I use Crash Plan, which backs up my files automatically, so I do not need to have a reminder.

This is interesting:

And the website in general seems like a really good resource for academic podcasts and research papers.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

What exactly is a Ph.D.?

Thanks to Elizabeth for sharing this enlightening view on Ph.D.s from Matt Might with us :)

What is a Ph.D.?

Monday, 16 August 2010

Conference announcement

The York Deviancy Conference

29th June - 1st July 2011

Critical perspectives on crime, deviance, disorder and social harm

Pat Carlen
Alex Callinicos
Stan Cohen
Jeff Ferrell
Steve Hall
Keith Hayward
Angela McRobbie
Laurie Taylor
Jock Young
David Downes
Loïc Wacquant
Sandra Walklate
Rob White

Conference website and registration:

Please send paper proposals to:
Simon Winlow
or Rowland Atkinson

Thursday, 12 August 2010

The Thesis Repulsor Field

Thanks to Anton for sending us this PhD Comic:

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

GRADschool: building your skills as a PhD student

GRADschool September 2010
Following the enormous success of the April GRADschool we are delighted to announce that the next GRADschool will be taking place from 24th - 26th September 2010 at Wyboston Lakes.
If you are interesting in finding out about previous GRADschools please visit the GRADschool Website:

We are currently taking bookings for the GRADschool and if you are interested please visit our GRADschool website and register you interest using the on-line application form. We will then contact you at later date to provide you with further information.
We will unfortunately not be able to confirm your place until nearer the time, but if you are interested in attending please ensure that you reserve time in you calendar to attend this event.
The grad school offers intensive training in:
  1. research skills and techniques
  2. research environment
  3. research management
  4. personal effectiveness
  5. communication skills
  6. networking and team working
  7. career management

The Cambridge Local GRADschool course uses case studies, outdoor activities, interview practice, team sessions and personal review to help you realise your strengths and abilities as an individual and as a team member that will be immediately relevant to the successful completion of your PhD and in the longer term with the application of your talents.

The course is residential and you are expected to stay on the course site for the whole time and not return home or to your normal place of work. This enables you to focus on the course fully and reflect on your work objectively.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Free food and endless PhDs

I guess both of these things would apply to some of us here in the Institute...

From PhD Comics

Call for papers: International Society for Criminology - Japan 5-9 August 2011

The Japan Federation of Criminological Associations welcomes you to participate in the forthcoming 16th World Congress of the International Society for Criminology. Please do consider to take part in this very important and exciting event for the world of criminologists. Visit our website for details.

The Congress will be held on August 5th-9th, 2011 in the Kobe Int'l Conference Center on Port Island, a man-made island off the coast of Kobe. Kobe is conveniently located in the close proximity to many tourists' attractions: we offer day tours to Kyoto, Nara, Himeji Castle, Osaka as well as overnight trips to Hiroshima, which can be a joyful event for your summer vacation 2011.

The general theme is "Global Socio-Economic Crisis and Crime Control Policies: Regional and National Comparison".

Internationally recognized experts are invited to make presentations on the following sub-themes;

1. Global Economic Crisis and Criminology


John Braithwaite

Australian National University


Johanna Shapland

University of Sheffield


Dae-Keun Kim

Korean Institute of Criminology


Shinichi Ishizuka

Ryukoku University

2. Models of State and Crime Prevention Strategies


Frank Zimring

University of California, Berkeley


Jose Luis Diez-Ripolles

University of Málaga


Jui-Lung Cheng

National Chung Cheng University


Hiroyuki Kuzuno

Hitotsubashi University

3. Corporate and Business Crime


Peter Reuter

University of Maryland


Stephan Parmentier

Catholic University of Leuven


Lu Jianping

Beijing Normal University


Kazumichi Tsutsumi

Chuo University

4. Frontiers of Clinical Criminology


Cândido da Agra

University of Porto


Luis Rodriguez Manzanera

National Auto University of Mexico


Avshalom Caspi

Duke University


Jinsuke Kageyama

Tokyo Institute of Technology


Junko Fujioka

Osaka University

Submissions are called for Paper Sessions(Complete Sessions and Individual Papers), Roundtable Sessions and Poster Sessions. On-line submission, registration, hotel and tour bookings will commence on August 1, 2010. Languages for presentation are English, French, Spanish and Japanese. Simultaneous interpreters are provided for all plenary sessions. Single-language sessions may be proposed for paper and roundtable sessions.

Best regards,

Congress Secretariat


Congress Secretariat

16th World Congress of the ISC

TTS Center 3F, 1-4-4 Mikuriya-sakaemachi Higashi-osaka, OSAKA 577-0036 JAPAN

tel: +81-(0)6-6618-4323

fax: +81-(0)6-6781-8883


Friday, 16 July 2010

Call for papers: Law, Culture and the Humanities

Call for Participation: 14th Annual ASLCH Conference

March 11-12, 2011
University of Las Vegas, Nevada

The Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities is an organization of scholars engaged in interdisciplinary, humanistic legal scholarship. The Association brings together a wide range of people engaged in scholarship on legal history, legal theory, jurisprudence, law and cultural studies, law and literature, law and the performing arts, and legal hermeneutics. We want to encourage dialogue across and among these fields about issues of interpretation, identity, ideals, values, authority, obligation, justice, and about law¹s place in culture.

We will be accepting proposals for panels, roundtables, papers, and volunteers for chairs and discussants from July 1 until October 15th 2010.

PLEASE NOTE: To submit proposals, please go to the online submission site

As it becomes available, additional information about accommodations and other conference matters, will be posted to the, "ASLCH Annual Conference Information" page on the ASLCH webpage at

The theme of the 2011 conference, drawing on the work of Nan Seuffert of the University of Waikato, is “Boundaries and Enemies.” We welcome submissions addressing this theme or on any law, culture and humanities subject. Examples of recent panel topics include: The Hope of Law; Legal Responses to “Unconventional Family Arrangements”;  Imagining the Law in Political Theory; Haunted Justice, Haunted Communities; Event, Rebellion, and Constitution: Political Imagination and Resistant Sovereignties in the Americas, 1615-2005; Invoking Justice: The Rhetoric of Recognition and Reconciliation; Reading the Body; Spectacles of Intimacy; Cultural Property and Its Discontents.

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Call for papers: Childhoods conference

Call for Papers

Childhoods Conference: Mapping the Landscapes of Childhood

Venue: University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Date: Thursday, May 5 - Saturday, May 7, 2011

This multidisciplinary conference will engage scholars and practitioners from a wide variety of academic disciplines (including the sciences, arts, humanities, social sciences, policy studies, and education) in a consideration of the state of child studies, which has changed significantly in recent decades. Disciplines long dedicated to the study of the child, and childhood, have been recently revitalized and are engaged with the central problematic of what the child and childhood represent, including how these categories relate to others such as infant and youth. Figured in the plural, childhoods pose a significant crossroads for theoretical and empirical work on the nature of being human and development broadly construed. Various disciplines consider childhood as an experience, as a biological fact, as a social category, as an artistic and literary construct, as a category for historical and demographic analysis, as a category of personhood, and as a locus for human rights and policy interventions. Participating scholars will examine childhoods of the past, present, and future from around the world, and will present research results, policy approaches, and theoretical paradigms that are emergent in this re-engagement with the child and childhood. Bringing together divergent networks of expertise, this conference offers the opportunity for new research collaborations and the scholarly dissemination of innovative research.

Conference Format: three days of multidisciplinary panels with scholarly presentations on conference themes; poster sessions; several keynote events; practitioner sessions; and a film night.

Conference Themes and Questions:

Definitions of Childhood: invented or discovered: Who gets to define childhood? What counts as a good childhood? A "normal" childhood? How have been childhoods defined in various media (art, literature, social science, science)? By what measures? And at what historical junctures?

Indigenous theories of childhood: What alternate models of childhood and development exist? How can they be found? Interpreted? Shared? What is the role of the child and childhood in other societies? What rights, and responsibilities do they have?

Gender and childhood: How do the categories of gender and child overlap, extend, elaborate or contradict one another? How do sex, gender and sexuality shape the experience of childhood? What are the policy effects of concerns about boys at risk or girls at play?

Globalization: How do global models of childhood interact with local conceptions? Do global educational standards contradict or support local sovereignty? What are the effects of migration, diaspora, refugee status on childhood? How does globalization affect the commoditization of childhood?

Technology: What is a digital childhood? What are the effects for private space? For common space? For play?

Adolescence: What's the point of adolescence? As a category of human development? A demographic category? As a literary public? As a human experience?

Empowerment: What are the social and policy implications for a child-centred approach to human rights? How can we understand child agency in terms of violence and the law? What can empowerment mean for the very young child?

Health, Disability and Risk: How can we understand the experiential effects of health and disability on child life? When is diagnosis of ills or limitations helpful and when is it a hindrance? How is risk figured in childhood? What does a resilient childhood look like?

Keynote Speakers:
* Dr. Patrizia Albanese (Co-director of the Centre for Children, Youth and Families, Ryerson University)
* Dr. Mona Gleason (Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia)
* Dr. Allison James (Professor of Sociology and Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences, University of Sheffield)
* Dr. Perry Nodelman (Professor Emeritus, Department of English, University of Winnipeg)
* Dr. Mavis Reimer (Canada Research Chair in the Culture of Childhood and Director of the Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures, University of Winnipeg)
* Dr. Richard Tremblay (Director, Research Unit on Children's Psychosocial Maladjustment, University of Montreal)

Submission Guidelines: For presentations, and for posters, please send a proposal/abstract of between 300 and 500 words and a one page CV by October 1, 2010 via e-mail to: Proposals must include your name, affiliation, position, e-mail address, and phone number. Proposals for multidisciplinary panels are also welcome. Please note that presentations should be a maximum of 20 minutes in length. We would especially like to encourage graduate students to contribute posters on their current research and will offer a prize for best student poster.

For more information, please see the conference website or contact (please note the use of the letter l and not the numeral).

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Prison sentence for white collar crime

Property tycoon Paarlberg is being sent to prison for money laundering

Interesting for us, criminologists: a multi-millionaire is being sent to prison for committing white collar crime.

"Dutch Property tycoon Jan-Dirk Paarlberg has been sentenced to 4.5 years in jail for laundering money which gangland boss Willem Holleeder is said to have earned through blackmailing.
Paarlberg said he was shocked by the conviction. 'I never expected this,' he told reporters.
The money came from Willem Endstra, another property speculator who was murdered in 2004 but made several statements before his death saying he was being blackmailed."

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Conference: young people, risk and resilience

Young people, risk and resilience: the challenges of alcohol, drugs and violence
7-8 March 2011
RACV Club, Melbourne

Major themes for the conference include:
* Understanding the nature and extent of young people's involvement in alcohol and other drug use, and the motivations for their use
* Understanding the nature and extent of young people's involvement in violence
* Identifying effective programs and initiatives to reduce young people's risk and increase their resilience
* Case studies from practitioners and young people on outcomes achieved

The call for abstracts from those working with young people in the fields of alcohol and drug services, education, criminal justice, health and welfare, and police and emergency sectors, is now open. Abstracts must be received by 6 August 2010.

Further information at
or contact the Conference Coordinator at

Job listing: Asst professor, social psychology


The Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University seeks applicants for an Assistant Professor position in Developmental or Social psychology. The position is for two years, with the possibility of renewal for a further two years subject to funding availability. The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. in Psychology and will teach undergraduate courses within one or more of the following areas of expertise: developmental psychology, social psychology, and research methodology. Interest in and ability to work collaboratively with faculty in ongoing research projects is an asset. The starting date will be either January 2011 or July 2011.

The Department's web page can be accessed at

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified women and men, including visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities. This position is subject to budgetary approval. Please submit a cover letter, which includes a curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, and copies of representative publications, to:
Dr. J. Don Read, Chair
Department of Psychology
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6 Canada

Applications will be received until September 1, 2010 or until the position is filled.
Under the authority of the University Act personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see:

Job listing: Children and Youth Studies

The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) is a leading academic centre for development studies, and a University Institute of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). It is one of the oldest institutes in this field, having been established in 1952 by Dutch universities and the Netherlands Ministry of Education as a postgraduate institute for education, research and capacity building. The institute offers a 15.5-month MA in Development studies with various specializations, post-graduate Diploma courses and a PhD in Development Studies. Studies come from over 50-60 countries, and teaching and research programs are conducted in English.
The Staff Group Rural Development, Environment and Population Studies has a vacancy for an academic position in the field of:
Children and Youth Studies
The Staff Group is engaged in teaching, research, advisory work and institutional capacity building on rural and human development, with a focus on child and youth studies, poverty, agricultural and rural development, socio-economic security and population studies. Teaching and research by academic staff is marked by a commitment to the central role of equitable, broad-based and sustainable development. This is combined with an explicit engagement with a political economy framework of analysis of power relations and processes of global change that reinforce rather than reduce poverty and socio-economic insecurity. The group is also actively engaged in methodology teaching at both MA and PhD levels.
Tasks and responsibilities involve the following:
Contribution to research-driven teaching the relevant teaching programs of the Staff Group and more generally within ISS/EUR
Production of high quality research output at international standards
Supervision of MA and PhD students
Preparation (individually or jointly with other staff) of externally funded research grant proposals and project proposals for external advisory work/capacity building activities, in particular together with academic and civil society organizations in the Global South.
Contribution to academic management both within the Staff Group and the ISS.
We are looking for a candidate who will bring innovative and cutting edge research and teaching capacity to the Staff Group in the area of childhood and youth studies in developing and/or transition countries, in a changing global context. The MA specialization of Children and Youth Studies (CYS) is rapidly growing in numbers of students, together with the successful Diploma program on Children, Youth and Development, while there various large research projects ongoing and a growing number of PhD students. This makes the CYS into one of the most thriving, dynamic and fastest growing fields at ISS. Apart from teaching contributions to the above mentioned programs, the candidate could also possibly contribute to the Population, Poverty and Social Development (PPSD) and Poverty Studies (POV) specializations of the MA program.
Children and youth studies is a specialization within the broader field of international development studies for which ISS has an outstanding reputation. Teaching and research on the changing conditions and experiences of young people are firmly located in the broader (international, national and regional) social, economic and political contexts that are familiar ground of international development studies. The field is also inherently interdisciplinary and combines perspective from political economy, sociology, social history, anthropology and political philosophy. The teaching and research areas in which the successful candidate is expected to contribute can include one or more of the following areas: the changing social construction of childhood and youth; child rights based approaches; children and conflict; children and poverty; youth cultures in a context of globalization; youth migration and employment; schooling and society.
A completed PhD in one of the social sciences (in exceptional cases a near-completed PhD)
Evidence of publication capacity, including both a strong publication track record and clear research and publication plans
Teaching experience, preferably at post-graduate level
Proven evidence of the ability to attract external finance for research and other projects
Ability to work in an inter-disciplinary team
Experience with Field-based research methods/gender-based analysis is welcomed.
While open to all regional specializations, one of the following regional specializations; Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Indonesia, will be considered as a welcome addition.
ISS/EUR will offer an initial three year appointment, with the possibility of extension (and tenure), depending on the financial and staffing situation. While an appointment is envisaged at (Senior) Lecturer level, appointment at Associate Professor level can be considered, but only in the case of a more senior and exceptional candidate.
Employment conditions:
In accordance with those applied at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and indicated in the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO NU) of the Dutch universities. Salary being dependent on the candidate’s experience ranges from ˆ 3195 to ˆ 4970 gross per month (CAO NU scale 11/12) under full-time contract. In addition, ISS pays an 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year payment which is for 2010: 8.3 %.
Applications, accompanied by a detailed Curriculum Vitae and the names of three Referees, should reach ISS before 30 May 2010, addressed to the Personnel Office (Ms. Leonie de Wilde), International Institute of Social Studies, P.O. Box 29776, 2502LT, The Hague, The Netherlands, preferably send in electronic form directed to
Women and candidates who originate from developing countries are encouraged to apply. Short-listed candidates will be requested to supply samples of published output and at that stage their referees will be contacted.
Interviews with shortlisted candidates will take place from 23-25 June 2010.
Additional information concerning this vacancy may be obtained from Dr. L. Herrera (, tel: +31704260664) or Professor M. Spoor (, tel.: +31704260559).

New list serve on childhood studies

The Department of Childhood Studies at Rutgers University-Camden are excited
to announce a new listserve catering to the multi-disciplinary field of
Childhood Studies. Those of us who study issues around children and
childhood are in far flung departments and professions, separated by
disciplinary boundaries. This listserve will be a vital point of connection
for scholars and practitioners in the multi-disciplinary field and serve a
much needed function as a central clearinghouse of information for our
disparate field. We welcome Calls for Papers, Announcements of conferences,
events, new books, articles and other resources, requests for information,
and information on new programs and departments. This list will also provide
an opportunity to find people with similar interests across our broad field
and open up discussion within it.

To join, please go to:

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Distinctions and Distinctiveness in the Work of Prison Officers: Legitimacy and Authority Revisited

Tomorrow the Institute of Criminology’s 13th Annual Nigel Walker Lecture will be given by professor Alison Liebling

The purpose of this lecture is to provide a framework for thinking about the work of prison officers, and in particular, their relationships with prisoners. Drawing on important recent theoretical contributions to the policing literature, several empirical research projects on the work of prison officers and staff-prisoner relationships conducted by the author and colleagues, and various analyses of the quality of prison life as evaluated by prisoners, this lecture explores the ‘flow of power’ in prison through staff-prisoner relationships. It is a well-known maxim that relationships are ‘at the heart’ of prison life (Home Office 1984). In this lecture, I develop and illustrate this proposition, arguing that the moral quality of prison life is enacted by the attitudes and conduct of prison officers. There are important distinctions to be made in their work: between ‘good’ and ‘right’ relationships; ‘tragic’ and ‘cynical’ perspectives; ‘reassurance’ and ‘relational’ safety; ‘good’ and ‘bad’ confidence; and between ‘positive peer relations’ and ‘oppositional peer loyalty’. These cultural and philosophical distinctions are largely ‘unseen’ but decisive in shaping the prison’s moral and social climate. Failure to find the “ethical space” necessary for reflection on officers’ conceptual understandings, attitudes and practices, brings about serious organisational and operational risks, and threats to justice. The best prison officer work can be described using these kinds of distinctions.
Alison Liebling is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Director of the Prisons Research Centre, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge.

Wednesday 26th May 2010, 18.00-19.30 hrs
Venue: Institute of Criminology (Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge)
To book a seat please contact: Joanne Garner, Institute of Criminology, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DA Tel: 01223 335360, Email: (When booking, please state if you have problems with mobility)

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Article by student at Institute of Criminology

David Humphreys, a Ph.D candidate at the Institute of Criminology, has an article in the January issue of Criminology and Public Policy that he co-authored with Manuel Eisner. The article is based on his research on the impact of changes in England's alcohol licensing policy on violent crime and disorder. Congratulations!

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Guardian Law Site

The Guardian has set up a new law microsite on its website which looks interesting. This article which argues why Ken Clarke will make a good Justice Minister is good for starters and I'm sure that Afua Hirsch's blog will provide insight into justice and legal issues.

Friday, 14 May 2010

RIP Boy: radio play

This play has been recommended as something which might be of interest to people:

It is only available until 10pm on 14 May so be quick!

Thursday, 13 May 2010

The new coalition and crime

The Liberal-Conservative Coalition Agreement has been published and it is fairly sparse on crime related points. The items which are probably of most interest to criminologists come under the Civil Liberties section:
- The scrapping of ID card scheme, the National Identity register, the next generation of biometric passports and the Contact Point Database.
- Outlawing the finger-printing of children at school without parental permission.
- The extension of the scope of the Freedom of Information Act to provide greater transparency.
- Adopting the protections of the Scottish model for the DNA database.
- The protection of historic freedoms through the defence of trial by jury.
- The restoration of rights to non-violent protest.
- The review of libel laws to protect freedom of speech.
- Safeguards against the misuse of anti-terrorism legislation.
- Further regulation of CCTV .
- Ending of storage of internet and email records without good reason.
I like the juxtaposition of "A new mechanism to prevent the proliferation of unnecessary new criminal offences" (the civil liberties section) with "Measures to make the import or possession of illegal timber a criminal offence" (from the environment section).

The Lib-Cons (or Conocrats?) also want to preserve "the integrity of our criminal justice system", whatever that means.

The two parties differ considerably on crime policy so it will be interesting to see who 'wins'. In their manifestoes, the LDs wanted to introduce an assumption against 6 month prison sentences yet the Tories wanted to see an increase in the prison estate- that fight in itself will be an interesting one!

Research Professional online tool

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database which offers researchers the opportunity to search for
research funding in all disciplines from a wide range of sponsors in
the UK and overseas. The website features an easy-to-use interface as
well as powerful searching and customisation tools which allow you to
tailor information to your specific interests.

The University subscribes to the database, which means that access is
free of charge for all University members. You can access from any computer within the University
network; either using Campus access or registering yourself as an
individual user. This latter option allows you not only search for
funding opportunities but also to save the results and set up email

For further information about the database please visit the Research
Office web site at

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

How to use Powerpoint

The online magazine Slate has a useful article on how to get the most out of Powerpoint, written in the context of a recent exploration on the uses (and potential misuses) of the software by the U.S. military. The article in Slate provides some useful tips for when and how to use Powerpoint, such as making sure your topic is right for Powerpoint, and that your presentation would benefit from visuals. These points, and more, should be quite applicable to the conference paper presentation.

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Study group: Thinking Critically About Analysis




  We would like to invite you to attend a one day event, for

  * Leading academics will present ideas about what analysis can mean
in different methodological contexts, particularly in relation to
substantive findings and theoretical insights.

  * This will involve moving beyond identifying ?techniques? or
procedures, by focusing on how processes of data analysis might
enhance our conceptual understanding of the social world.

  * The event will offer a training opportunity for all who are
interested in critical engagement in research methodology, and in
research practice.

  Presentations, workshops and a plenary session will enable
delegates to think critically about data analysis in social research,
and in practice. Delegates will explore specific issues and, where
relevant, share insights from their own research and experience.

  Delegates will be asked to sign up to a morning and afternoon
workshop prior to the event. Two workshops, facilitated by the
speakers, will run parallel to each other in MORNING and AFTERNOON


  /From sampling and choosing cases to analysis in qualitative research/

/Pattern and process through qualitative evidence; working across
survey and qualitative data/

 /Say What You See: From ?Hanging out? to Human Nvivo to Policy Influence/

 /Exploring mind-mapping as a research tool: from application to analysis/

  There will also be a plenary by/ /PROFESSOR RAY PAWSON

  /Naming and Shaming: Evidence and Inference/

There Is A Small Registration Fee Of £15. Fees Include Lunch, Tea And
Coffee. Pay By Cash Or Credit Card Prior To The Day. To Register
Attendance And Workshop Preference Please Complete A Registration Form


  Social Policy Association members can claim travel expenses of up
to £40 per person, available ON A FIRST COME AND FIRST SERVED BASIS.
Please see registration form for details. To become a member of the
Social Policy Association go to[3]

For Queries Relating To The Academic Content Of The Conference Email
Rachael Dobson,

  For queries relating to event administration email Marie Johnson[4]


Job opening: fellow/associate professor in sociology, ANU

Fellow/Associate Professor in Sociology (Level C/D)
School of Sociology, Research School of Social Sciences, College of Arts and Social Sciences, The Australian National University

The ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences wishes to appoint a Fellow/Associate Professor (Level C/D) in the School of Sociology with expertise in crime and justice. The Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) is Australia's major institution for theoretical and empirical research in the social sciences and has a significant international reputation for its cutting edge research. It is also a significant presence in the nation's postgraduate and postdoctoral training in the social sciences.

It is expected that all appointments will make a significant contribution to the College's graduate teaching and research profile. You will be expected to deliver at least one module per year into the Sociology undergraduate Program, to contribute to the development of Sociology Master's Programs and to supervise Higher Degree Research students.

Salary Package: AUS$91,754 - $117,241 pa plus 17% superannuation
Closing Date: 28 May 2010
Location: Canberra, ACT
Term of Contract: Permanent
More information:
Enquiries: Prof Stewart Lockie, T: 02 6125 1743, E:

Post-doctoral fellowship

Post Doctoral Training Opportunity at the University of Oregon
The Development and Psychopathology Training Grant (DEEP) is a fellowship program funded by NIMH to the Child and Family Center (  This grant has been ongoing at the University of Oregon for 10 years, and is organized through the Child and Family Center (please see http//  We are advertising for one post-doctoral position (fellowship) associated with this training grant that will begin July 1, 2010.

 The continuation of the DEEP grant is intended to expand our training program in a number of new ways. First, the training grant is intended for post-doctoral trainees with a strong background in data analysis and research methods.  Second, this grant will emphasize training students to be skilled multi-cultural researchers. The grant will provide trainings in skills relevant to diversity in developmental processes and the intervention science.  Third, the training will focus on translational research, integrating areas of research such as neuroscience, genetics, developmental psychology, intervention techniques and change processes relevant to better understanding the etiology of mental health problems in children and adolescents and innovating new, more effective interventions (prevention and treatment).

 We have one position opening for next year beginning July 1 2010. The stipend provides full-time FTE through the summer for research in development and psychopathology and intervention science. Two years of funding is available contingent upon performance.   Applications that focus their areas of interest on research related to the Child and Family Center will have preference.

 We have 5 ongoing federally funded intervention trials (see which afford longitudinal data sets, several family and peer observational data sets, and an ongoing EEG high density array lab involving children and families.  Multiple researchers at the University of Oregon, OSLC, ORI and EGI have been involved in previous trainee research programs, and are welcomed.

Post-doctoral applicants with strong quantitative training as well as interests in linking intervention and developmental science (testing hypotheses with interventions), dynamic systems, peer focused interventions, multicultural issues of intervention and assessment with children, trauma effects and interventions, or longitudinal data analysis are encourage to apply. Cognitive neuroscience applicants with interests in translational research are encouraged to apply.

 Please write a 1 to 2 page letter of interest to Beth Stormshak, with

2 research references by April 30.  The positions will remain open until filled. You may email your application to

Please include your vitae.  You will be notified by May 31 of the final decision. Please cc email correspondence to Pamela Beeler at

Call for papers: social image

Call for Manuscripts for a Special Issue of The European Journal of Social Psychology on “Social Image”

Social image is our image in the eyes of others. It refers to how much others value and respect us. Different perspectives in social psychology have examined the way in which the threat or the affirmation of social image affects emotions, interpersonal relations, and intergroup relations. These perspectives, however, rarely use the term social image to refer to the object of their study. Instead, a variety of terminologies are used to refer to social image, including reputation, stereotypes, public self-regard, face, persona, or honor.
The European Journal of Social Psychology will publish a special issue that aims to integrate a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives on social image. The Special Issue will be guest-edited by Patricia M. Rodriguez Mosquera (Wesleyan University, U.S.A.), Ayse Uskul (University of Essex, U.K.) and Susan Cross (Iowa State University, U.S.A.).
We cordially invite submissions from researchers that study social image in relation to emotional processes (e.g., emotions that are evoked from our perceptions of how others think of us), interpersonal relations (e.g., the strategies we use to manage the impressions others have of us), intergroup relations (e.g., responses to the devaluation of one’s group’s social image), and culture (e.g., honor). The special issue seeks a balance of empirical papers and conceptual reviews.

Important dates for manuscript submission:

May 15th, 2010: Letter of intent deadline.
June 30th, 2010: Paper submission deadline.
September 30th, 2010: Provisional acceptance of papers
December 1st, 2010: Revised final manuscript due date.

Authors who plan to submit manuscripts are asked to submit a letter of intent emailed to Patricia M. Rodriguez Mosquera ( by May 15, 2010 that includes: a) a tentative manuscript title, b) names and affiliations of all authors, c) contact information for corresponding author, and d) a brief description of the manuscript content (up to 600 words). Authors who do not submit letters of intent may still submit manuscripts (no later than June 30th, 2010), but these will be considered for the special issue only as space and time allow.

Original research papers should be no longer than 10,000 words (including abstract, tables, figures, and references) in line with research articles in regular issues. All manuscripts should be prepared in accordance to the editorial guidelines of EJSP (see instructions to authors) and should be submitted via the Manuscript Central online submission site:

Please indicate that the paper is to be considered as a contribution to the special issue. All papers will be peer-reviewed. For further inquiries, please contact Patricia M. Rodriguez Mosquera at

Children's Health and the Environment workshop

"Children's Health and the Environment:
International Workshop on Research, Policy and Practice"

The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada
June 28 - 30, 2010

An incredible group of speakers from around the world will be coming to London, Ontario, Canada this June to share their latest work and insights related to children's health and the built environment.  Together with these renowned speakers, design and health practitioners, policymakers, academics, health promoters and providers, community service and care providers will have the opportunity to work to identify ways to help make our built environments more conducive to children's health and well-being, including:  policy directions, design and planning solutions, and effective approaches to community collaboration and research.
And don't miss the valuable training sessions being offered the afternoon of June 28th - see the website for full descriptions!
Who should attend?  See  for more details.
Applications for poster presentations are still being accepted.
Registration is now open, and workshop spaces are filling up!  Contact us soon at  for more details, or send in your registration application to reserve your space!  See   for registration forms and/or more information.  Don't delay! Early bird pricing ends May 15th!

Workshop Overview:
The physical environment plays a vital role in child health and development. Safe and sturdy shelter, engaging play spaces, stimulating learning environments, well-connected neighbourhood pathways, vibrant public spaces, clean air and protected natural environments all contribute to the growth, education, and healthy development of children. However, a rapidly expanding body of research suggests that prevailing forms of planning and development are at least partly to blame for rising rates of childhood obesity, respiratory problems, and mental health issues, as well as diminishing physical activity levels, environmental competence, civic engagement, and social interaction.
But how should we work toward creating healthy, supportive environments for children and youth? What is the current state of the evidence? What are the common barriers and facilitators to effectively translating and disseminating research findings to facilitate changes in policy and practice, or to guide interventions?
These are the kinds of questions we will tackle in a two-day workshop at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. This event aims to provide an effective forum for knowledge exchange and mobilization among leading researchers, policymakers, and practitioners concerned with healthy environments for children and youth. Workshop attendees will collectively endeavour to identify remaining needs, gaps, and opportunities regarding the current state of knowledge in order to set an agenda for future research and identify pathways to better informing future policies and practices of governments, public agencies, and practitioners.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Two bits of blog news

  1. This blog has been included in criminoBlogica's list of Top 50 Criminology Blogs with the comment: "This blog calendars events for a specific audience, but it also offers public news and commentary on criminology" which seems to sum up our aims of blog quite well. The rest of the top 50 can be found here:
  2. The criminology PhD students at Edinburgh University (my criminology alma mater) have set up a similar blog to ours here:
Happy reading!

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Call for papers: PhD Criminology Conference

This is a reminder that the deadline for abstract submissions for this years PhD Criminology Conference at Cambridge University is this Friday 7th May.

Please see the website for more details and online abstract submission:

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

The Many Lives of Secret Police Files

Wednesday 28 April, 5pm - 6.30pm
DR CHRIS KAPLONSKI (University of Cambridge)
CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane
"The Many Lives of Secret Police Files: Repression, Rehabilitation and the Hermeneutics of Documents in Mongolia"

Dr Kaplonski examines the implications of the legal rehabilitation of victims of political repression from the socialist 1930s in contemporary, post‐socialist Mongolia.

In a span of about 18 months, approximately 5% of the population were convicted as counter‐revolutionaries or spies and executed, roughly half of whom were Buddhist monks. Since the collapse of socialism twenty years ago, the Mongolian state has initiated a process of rehabilitation for those repressed during the socialist period (1921‐1990). This process is contingent upon the existence of records of the original act of repression, and it is the implications of this contingency that will be explored.

In particular, the paper focuses upon the way documents are used to judge the fitness of a particular person for rehabilitation while simultaneously constructing the past they seek to document. There is a curious triple process taking place whereby the documents used to originally convict a person, and the descendants of the documents, are used to reinvestigate, reconstruct and overwrite the documentable past..

Informal discussion over wine and refreshments.

Is Britain a more violent place than it was 10 years ago?

The Today programme on Radio 4 hosted an interesting conversation on responses to violent crime today. Rod Morgan, former Youth Justice Board Chair and Professor at the University of Bristol, and Chris Grayling, Shadow Home Secretary participated in the conversation. The Guardian has also done a series of articles investigating the extent to which we can understand the measure of crime, including this one by Alan Travis. As the election approaches, it is interesting to see the extent to which these numbers are understood and interpreted.

Call for Papers: Psychology of Violence

Call for Papers
Psychology of Violence
Special Issue: Theories of Violence

Psychology of Violence, a new journal published by the American Psychological Association, is planning a special issue on theories of violence for 2011.

Topics will include but are not limited to:
♦ New theoretical models
♦ Extensions of existing models either to violence for the first time or to new forms of violence
♦ Evaluations and critiques of existing theoretical models for a particular type of violence
♦ Papers that compare and contrast theoretical models for more than one form of violence
♦ Comparisons of theoretical models which examine how social and cultural factors affect the way violence develops and manifests under different conditions.

Manuscripts that explore theories related to both risk of perpetration and vulnerability to victimization are welcome.

Deadline: First drafts should be submitted by August 15, 2010. Manuscripts should be submitted through the online submission portal at APA:

Manuscripts for regular, full-length articles are also being accepted. Psychology of Violence publishes articles on all types of violence and victimization, including but not limited to: sexual violence, youth violence, child maltreatment, bullying, children’s exposure to violence, intimate partner violence, suicide, homicide, workplace violence, international violence and prevention efforts. Manuscripts addressing under-served or disenfranchised groups are particularly welcome.

Inquiries regarding topic or scope for the special issue or for other manuscripts can be sent to Sherry Hamby, editor, at

Sherry Hamby, Ph.D.
Incoming editor, Psychology of Violence
Submit at

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

John Hegley poem

John Hegley was on Arthur Smith's Balham Bash the other night and read out a poem which I thought I would share. You can hear it here (it starts about 8 minutes in).
"This is a piece about when I was working in Reading jail and getting some of the prisoners to write some poems. We went on radio Berkshire and read out the poems but some of the listeners phoned in and they were angry that the prisoners were seeming to have too easy a time of it, so this is in response to that:

The Ending of the Offending

For prisoners playing the price,
Just a punishment may not suffice,
The best use of time,
May be learning to rhyme,
Making sure it's not too nice a process of course; you don't want people thinking that a life of crime leads to free poetry workshops."

Friday, 16 April 2010

Student article published

One of the Institute's students, Léon Digard, has just published an article in the Probation Journal entitled '"When Legitimacy is Denied: Offender Perceptions of the Prison Recall System." The article is focuses on the perspectives of sex offenders about the legitimacy of authority in the probation context. Congratulations, Léon!!

Thursday, 8 April 2010

PhD Criminology Conference: online abstract submission

It is now possible to submit abstracts for the PhD Criminology Conference using the online form at

For more information, see the website:

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Some new and useful reports

A comprehensive review of the Youth Justice Board has just been released. Read more about it here.

Thanks to the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies for some news of the following reports:

The reality behind the ‘knife crime’ debate
This report, by the Institute of Race Relations looks at knife crime, to provide a factual response to the ‘moral panic’ created by the media. The report claims that the media relies on ‘snapshots’ of young people carrying knives, which are based on a very small minority. The full report can be viewed here.

Women and Justice- Seeing Double: Realising Rights
This report looks at the problems faced by women of ethnic minorities in the prison system. It highlights the racial and sexual discrimination that they face and suggests some ways in which the situation can be improved by criminal justice authorities. The full report can be viewed here.

Probation Resources, Staffing and Workloads 2001-2008
The Centre published this report initially in April 2008. Its aim was to examine changes in probation service budgets, caseloads and workloads throughout the period 1997-2007. In this revised edition we have amended and clarified data in the report using new information available since spring 2008. The report can be found here.

Coercion and punishment of young people counter-productive
This second briefing paper in a series of three exploring the policy challenges affecting young adults in trouble with the law was published on Friday 26 February. Written by James McGuire, Professor of Forensic Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool, and one of the most cited experts in the field, ‘Comparing coercive and non-coercive interventions – Transition to adulthood’ argues that ‘the expectation that the problem of offending by young people can be solved by coercion and control is essentially illusory’ and that ‘if one steps back and examines the available evidence dispassionately, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that the policy of resorting to coercive methods is in large measure counter-productive.’ The paper can be read in full here.

Job: Oxford Centre for Criminology

Fixed-term 2.5-year Research Officer
Salary: £28,983–35,646 per annum
The Centre for Criminology is looking for a Research Officer to work on a 30-month study funded by the ESRC examining the problem of adolescent-to-parent violence. The project is directed by Dr. Rachel Condry. We are looking for a person with the skills and experience to play a full and active part in undertaking, analyzing and writing-up the research. The person appointed will be responsible for the day-to-day management and oversight of the project, including managing the collection of data; coding and analysis; and writing outputs based upon the research.
We are looking to appoint someone who has, or is very soon to complete, a doctorate in criminology, sociology or a related social science discipline, or who has equivalent research experience. The postholder will be expected to have knowledge and experience of conducting, analyzing and writing up qualitative research. The person appointed will be organized, efficient, able to conduct research with sensitivity, and capable of taking their own initiative and solving problems. He or she will be expected to work without close supervision, and have the ability or potential to produce high quality outputs for the academic and professional community. This is an exciting opportunity for an able and enthusiastic social scientist to develop their knowledge, skills and career following the completion of a doctorate.
The post is based in the Manor Road Building, Manor Road, Oxford and is full-time for 30 months. The Centre hopes to fill the vacancy from 1st August 2010 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Further particulars may be obtained on the web at or from Sarah Parkin, Centre for Criminology, Manor Road Building, Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UQ (email, tel. + 44 (0)1865 274448). Applications should include a detailed CV together with a letter explaining why you are interested in the job and how you meet the selection criteria. Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Dr. Rachel Condry; email: 01483 683766. The closing date for applications is Thursday 8th April; it is planned to hold interviews on Monday 26th April 2010.
The University of Oxford is an equal opportunities employer.

Irish Criminology Conference

21 – 22 JUNE 2010
The 6th North/South Irish Criminology Conference will be hosted by the School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy at the University of Ulster, Belfast Campus on Monday, 21 June and Tuesday, 22 June 2010.
If you are interested in presenting a paper at the conference, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words to by Thursday, 1 April 2010.
Abstracts should include the proposed title of the presentation, the name(s) of the author(s), affiliation, email address and phone number. Notification of acceptance will be provided by Friday, 30 April 2010.
Registration and Conference Dinner:
If you would like to register for the conference, please email by Friday, 30 April 2010. Please indicate in your email if you would like to attend the complimentary conference dinner in Belfast City Hall on 21 June.
There is no registration fee for the conference.

Lectureship at the University of Liverpool

School of Sociology and Social Policy
£36,715 - £46,510 pa
We are seeking to appoint two qualified and enthusiastic individuals to
permanent lectureships in Sociology and/or Social Policy. You will have an
established record of research excellence in any substantive area of
Sociology and/or Social Policy (including Criminology). You will also share
our commitment to quality and innovation in learning and teaching.
Candidates with interests and experience in teaching qualitative and/or
quantitative research methods will be particularly welcome.
Job Ref: A-571782/EG
Closing Date: 26 April 2010
For full details, or to request an application pack, visit:
Tel 0151 794 2210 (24 hr answerphone) please quote job ref in all enquiries.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

PhD Criminology Conference

The second Annual Postgraduate Criminology Conference will be held at the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge on 30th Sept and 1st Oct and we are pleased to announce a call for papers. Criminology is a wide ranging topic encompassing multiple themes and approaches and we welcome papers on any topic related to the field of criminology. However, we are particularly interested in papers that explore ‘new approaches’ to criminology. This might involve an area which has received little attention, a previously unused methodology or a melding of disciplines and methods.

Keynote Speakers (TBC):

  • Prof. Ian Loader (University of Oxford)
  • Prof. Shadd Maruna (Queens University, Belfast)
  • Prof. Mike Ross (University of Texas)

The conference will include a panel run by keynote speakers on a PhD related topic, informal panel sessions and formal papers, as well as the opportunity to display a poster of your work. Please send the title of your paper and a 300 word abstract, or poster proposal to:

Deadline for submissions: 7th May 2010

If you wish to only register your interest to display a poster, then please make this clear on your submission.

The conference will incur a small registration fee (ca. £20) which will include a conference dinner. There will be a small bursary for speakers which will be distributed on a needs basis- more details of this to come.

Please see the conference website for more details: