Mobilising Data @ Park Plaza Hotel
Mar 25 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

On March 25th the N8 Policing Research Partnership’s Data Analytics Strand will host a Mobilising Data Un-conference in Leeds. This event brings together police practitioners, university researchers and ‘data’ experts to discuss data, research and policy priorities, data science, and technological capacity. 

Professor Gloria Laycock OBE will set the scene by asking why are we here?, what are we aiming to do? and what does the future hold?

The ‘un-conference’ begins with the priorities, this event is for active participation only and everyone will set the priorities for the workshop by sharing their challenges with the group, who can then vote on the challenge they want to work on or feel most equipped to help with.

The afternoon session is where the planning takes place, ‘Future Backwards’ workshop technique to explore potential future scenarios and the actions we could take to get there.

The actions follow with ‘What could you do tomorrow?’ attendees will be asked to think about the actions they can do tomorrow to get them towards favourable outcomes identified in the Future Backwards session.

The day will be facilitated by experts from the ODI (Open Data Institute) the aim is that everybody wins via the coproduction of better evidence-based policing and more impactful university research. Put simply, it’s a police-datathon.

But what about after the un-conference?

The N8 PRP Data Analytics Digital Service is available to assist in formalising research proposals and process data requests. Support in identifying potential funding streams for future research collaboration.

To Register for the Event

Please register your interest in attending this event using the form below. Places will be confirmed at a later date.

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Terms & Conditions
By registering you will be added to the delegate list and places are offered on a first come basis. Places will be confirmed no later than March 15th 2019. On confirmation if you no longer require a place please cancel as soon as possible. The event is free to attend and there will be a charge made for any no-shows.
Darknet drug markets: in search of the bad guys @ The Auditorium, The Storey
Jun 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

While we have witnessed some important changes in dominant political and policy discourses around drug users in recent decades – as evidenced for example in the growth of harm reduction approaches – the myths, stereotypes and moral condemnation of drug suppliers have remained mostly unchallenged.

Cryptomarkets – aka ‘darknet’ drug markets – are online but ‘hidden’ marketplaces that allow drug sellers and buyers to transact anonymously yet in plain sight of law enforcement. To the extent that drug cryptomarkets are designed – and actually function – as self-regulating eco-systems, we are, arguably, encouraged to revisit policies and practices that cast drug supply activity as morally reprehensible and exclusively harm-producing; indeed, the eradicable cause of the ‘drug problem’.

In this lecture, Professor Aldridge evaluates the relative harms and benefits of the online drug trade compared to traditional offline drug buying and selling. She explains why criminologists and policy makers should pay attention to cryptomarkets as an important criminal innovation.

Doors open at 6pm for tea and coffee, and the talk begins at 6.30pm with the opportunity to ask questions afterwards.

About Professor Aldridge

Professor Judith Aldridge is Professor of Criminology in the School of Law at the University of Manchester. Her research is focused on drug markets, policy and use. Over the last five years she has pioneered research in the area of ‘virtual drug markets’, culminating in the first publication connected to drug sales on ‘Silk Road’.

She co-edited a special issue of the International Journal of Drug Policy. In connection to this work, she has acted in advisory/expert capacity to agencies including the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Abuse (EMCDDA), and the European Commission.