University of Manchester CCCJ Seminar Programme 2017/18
Oct 4 2017 – Feb 6 2018 all-day


CCCJ Seminar Programme 2017/18 (in collaboration with Methods@Manchester)


4th October 2017, 1pm, 2.07 Humanities Bridgeford

Contrasts in Punishment and the (usually) unacknowledged feature of social science research: good fortune

Professor John Pratt, Institute of Criminology, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Contrasts in Punishment: An Explanation of Anglophone Excess and Nordic Exceptionalism, by John Pratt and Anna Eriksson, was published by Routledge in 2012.  Based on research that began in 2003 and involved six countries and four languages, visits to forty prisons and interviews with fifty ‘key players’, and examination of documents going back 200 years, the book examines how long term cultural differences are reflected in contemporary approaches to crime and punishment issues in these two clusters of societies. In this seminar, John Pratt will discuss how he went about doing this research, highlighting the importance of luck, contingency and good fortune in the development of social science research projects, as much as careful planning. 


18th October 2017, 1pm, 2.07 Humanities Bridgeford

What is crowdsourced data?

Dr Reka Solymosi, School of Law, University of Manchester

Crowdsourcing involves harnessing the information and skills of large crowds of people into one collaborative project. Advancements in technologies allow for larger scale participation than previously possible, resulting in larger volumes of data that can facilitate more fine-grained analysis. For example, in Germany, in 2012, scientists collaborated with 5000 people to capture over 17,000 samples of mosquito, resulting in the discovery of an invasive species with implications for public health. Such crowdsourced data can highlight new information for social science researchers, and by considering the mode of production of much of this data, it becomes possible to examine the experiences and perceptions of the people generating it.


7th November, 2017, 4pm, 1.218 University Place

‘ACAB? The police and the criminal justice system through the eyes of English Defence League activists’

Hilary Pilkington, Professor of Sociology, University of Manchester.

The English Defence League, a ‘feet on the street’ anti-Islamist movement active in the UK since 2009, is widely considered to be a violent Islamophobic and racist organisation whose street demonstrations often lead to drink-fuelled violent interactions with police and counter-demonstrators. Drawing on a three-year ethnographic study of English Defence League activism (2012-15), including interviews, informal conversations and extended observation at EDL events, this presentation will critically reflect on the gap between the movement’s public image and activists’ own understandings of it. It considers the attitudes to, and interactions with, the police at EDL demonstrations as well as activists’ personal experience of the criminal justice system. Notwithstanding high rates of arrest and conviction, the study revealed widespread cooperation with, and support for, the police. This, however, is accompanied by profound criticism of the criminal justice system as a whole, expressed in the notion of a ‘two-tier’  justice system, which, activists claim, allows ‘them’ to get away with things and fails to protect or recognise injustices towards ‘us’.


8th November 2017, 1pm Hanson Room, Ground Floor, Humanities Bridgeford

Doing research with letters: lessons from the field

Dr Marion Vannier, School of Law, University of Manchester

Doing [reporting on prisons] is like looking through a keyhole: it is very difficult to get reliable information about what is going on inside a corrections facility (Schwirtz, 2015) Marion will be discussing her research methods exploring how life imprisonment with no possibility of parole, the alternative to the death penalty, had become normalized, using California as a case study.  She received over 300 letters written from men and women serving life with no parole across the state. The adventures, thrills, demands and frustrations of her research will be outlined.  She will highlight how research rarely goes to plan and how researchers are required to adapt their approach by adopting an array of research tools; being creative when using them; and more generally, remaining flexible and adjustable because the original methodological frame is likely to change due to unexpected events and realities. During this interactive workshop she will discuss the pros and cons of doing research using prisoners’ letters, and will touch upon the emotions this form of data may provoke.


22nd November, 2017, 1pm, 2.07 Humanities Bridgeford

How to… analyse criminal networks

Thomas Grund, Visiting Simon Professor and Assistant Professor University College Dublin

Abstract to follow


4th Dec 2017, 4pm, 6.206 University Place

Controlling business cartels

Jelle Jaspers, Visiting Research, Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice

Business cartels cause severe financial damage and harm consumer trust; cartel enforcement authorities use heavy penalties and whistle-blower leniency policies in their efforts to control and detect cartel behaviour. However, corporations react to increased external control by strengthening the internal control of cartels. Sanctions do not always deter sufficiently, and cartelists may use the leniency arrangement strategically. This project empirically investigates internal control mechanisms and social networks within cartels. Through case studies of detected cartels and interviews with insiders, this research aims to answer the question of what makes cartels endure and what forms of internal control play a role in this process.


6th Feb, 2018, 4pm, 2.220 University Place

Spatters and Lies: Technologies of Truth in the Sam Sheppard Case, 1954-1965

Professor Ian Burney, Director of the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester.

In this talk I focus on the contrasting forensic regimes involved in the celebrated 1955 trial and 1965 re-trial of Dr Sam Sheppard for the murder of his wife Marilyn. The first regime cohered around the Cleveland Coroner Dr Sam Gerber, who took charge of the scene investigation, conducted a highly publicized inquest, and provided sensational trial testimony which included his claim to have recognized the pattern of a ‘surgical instrument’ impressed on Marilyn’s bloody pillow. A second regime began to develop in the weeks following Sheppard’s conviction and centred on the eminent Berkeley criminologist Paul Leland Kirk. Kirk provided an alternative, but equally striking, reading of the blood evidence: where Gerber saw qualitative, holistic shapes, Kirk deployed a pioneering (and since celebrated) exercise in spatial reasoning based on the emerging discipline of blood spatter analysis. The acquittal of Sheppard at his 1965 retrial could be seen as an instance of modern forensic technique as a catalyst for justice – with analytical and objective methods overcoming judgements based on mere common sense and local interest. I will suggest that this simple story obscures the more interesting – and surprising – route taken by those seeking to establish Sheppard’s innocence in the decade following his incarceration. In this campaign it was the polygraph rather than spatter analysis, and the detective writer Erle Stanley Gardner and the flamboyant defence attorney F Lee Bailey rather than Kirk, that took centre stage. This twist, I will suggest, allows us to reflect on the complex relationship between forensic knowledge and the broader context in which it is produced and deployed.


There is no charge to attend these seminars but registration is essential and there is no requirement to attend all sessions. Please contact Dr Geoff Pearson to register: 

Tackling Indecent Images of Children (IIOC) offending. @ OPEN Norwich Youth Trust | 20 Bank Plain, Norwich, NR2 4SF
Nov 22 – Nov 23 all-day

Jointly hosted by Chief Constable Simon Bailey, NPCC lead for Violence and Public Protection and The Policing Institute for the Eastern Region at Anglia Ruskin University,  this ground-breaking conference will bring together leading figures from government, police, third sector, academia and industry to discuss new approaches to the investigation and prevention of IIOC offending.

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College of Policing Annual Conference – Everyday innovation: from ideas to action @ College of Policing conference centre, Ryton, COVENTRY CV8 3EN
Nov 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm


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Everyday innovation: from ideas to action

Book your place now, on what promises to be one of the most engaging policing conferences you’ll attend this year.

Our conference will focus on creativity and innovation in policing. At a time when policing is facing an unprecedented level of demand, accompanied by growing concerns about the health and wellbeing of the workforce, a look at innovative ideas to help make the job that much easier is required, perhaps more than ever before.

It promises to be one of the most engaging policing conferences this year. Last year covered the ‘vulnerability’ agenda in its widest form and proved highly popular and successful among delegates. This year delegates can expect even more debate and discussion, with  examples of how innovative ideas are helping policing on a practical ‘everyday’ basis. You’ll hear from innovation experts from outside policing, and use inside experiences to help them land your own. You’ll be able to share innovative ideas which, no matter how small, are improving frontline policing.

Here’s an outline programme for the day so far, which is subject to change, confirmation and additional content:

09:30 – 10:00                 Registration and exhibition stands
10:00 – 10:02                 Conference starts
10:02 – 10:10                 College Chief Executive’s introduction to the day

Why innovate?

10:10 – 10:30                 Olivia Pinkney, NPCC lead Uniformed Policing
10:30 – 10:55                 Why do humans innovate? Neuroscientist, Professor Sophie Scott
10:55 – 11:15                 Refreshments break

Driving improvement through innovation

11:15 – 11:40                 Police Now and neighbourhood policing: experiences from the frontline – Dave
Spencer with two neighbourhood policing PCs
11:40 – 12:00                 Innovation: the key to prevention and behavioural change
12:00 – 13:00                 Workshops
13:00 – 14:00                 Lunch  
14:00 – 14:30                 Unconference: Our Big Idea – attendee-led slot facilitated by Sara Robson, Senior
Curriculum and Policy Advisor, College of Policing
14:30 – 15:30                 Workshops

Tomorrow’s world – innovation and the future of policing

15:30 – 15:55                 Panel discussion on tackling the challenges and embracing the opportunities that
technology poses to policing
Panel discussion on tackling the challenges and embracing the opportunities
that technology poses to policing, National Crime Agency
15:55 – 16:00                 Close and competition results

Each workshop will be repeated in the afternoon:

  1. Modern Slavery: using new ways to tackle drugs and exploitation – Detective Superintendent Gill Wooton, Thames Valley Police
  2. Amazon Echo and the future of policing – Rob Flanagan, Lancashire Police
  3. Behavioural change: introduction to logic models – Sarah Colover and Will Finn, College of Policing
  4. Q&A session with our bursary students – an interview with our bursary students working on innovative research projects

External exhibitors

  1. Lancashire Constabulary Innovation HubPolice Now

College exhibitors

  1. Digital Services: Gamification and College LEARN
  1. Fast Track and Secondments
  2. Bursary Scheme
  3. Membership


Click here to download a booking form for the event.

The Police Foundation’s Annual Conference Networked Policing: effective collaboration between the police, partners and communities @ BT Auditorium and Customer Showcase, London
Nov 29 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Supported by BT

Demand on the police has become more varied and complex. As traditional volume crime has declined, a greater proportion of local police demand is generated by complex social problems such as children going missing or mental health related incidents. Alongside this we have seen rising levels of reported intimate crime, such as sexual crimes against children and domestic abuse, which is generally more complex to both prevent and investigate.

There is a growing consensus that organisations, public service workers and citizens need to work together to tackle these complex problems holistically and before they escalate. However, while there is a great deal of rhetorical commitment to this goal, collaboration too often remains at the margins of mainstream systems or is relegated to woolly language in strategy documents. People are often willing to work together locally but find that the systems and organisations in which they operate force them to work in separate silos.

The Police Foundation’s eighth annual conference will look at how the police can work much more collaboratively with other agencies and with citizens to prevent crime and solve complex problems. It will explore examples of integrated place-based working from around the UK and discuss how public service systems as a whole need to change if they are to address the more complex times in which we live. This year’s event will provide an opportunity to debate with and learn from some of the leading experts in the field about how the police, the criminal justice system and wider public services can best respond to these challenges. It will address the following questions:

·        What makes for effective collaborative working?
·        What will a more integrated public service frontline look like in the future and what role
should the police play within it?

·        How can barriers to information sharing between agencies be overcome?
·        How can we balance the demand for accountability with the need to give professionals the 
freedom to ‘think outside the box’ and work  with others to tackle complex cases?

·        What role can leaders and managers play in breaking down silos?
·        How can neighbourhood policing help tackle complex harm?
·        What role must citizens themselves play in collaborative networks?

The event will be chaired by Sir Bill Jeffrey KCB and speakers include:

  •   Professor Adam Crawford, Director, Leeds Social Sciences Unit, University of Leeds (Confirmed)
  •   Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, MOPAC (Confirmed)
  •   Ian Hopkins, Chief Constable, Greater Manchester Police (Invited)
  •   Will Linden, Acting Director, Violence Reduction Unit (Confirmed)
  •   Anna Randle, Director of Public Services, Collaborate CIC (Confirmed)

Break outs will include sessions on:

·        Partnership and prevention: insights into the Scottish experience
·        Collaboration around mental health
·        Multi agency approaches to tackling child sexual exploitation
·        Modern slavery
·        Whole system offender management
·        Community engagement

View the full programme here

Who should attend?

The conference will appeal to senior police officers, representatives from the public and third sectors, Police and Crime Commissioners, other criminal justice professionals, government policy makers, academics and representatives from the private sector.

Book by 29 September for a £50 early bird discount.


In the spirit of austerity, the Foundation is offering a 10% discount to all police officers. To take advantage of this offer enter code PFCONF08 when booking online.

We are also offering the following discounts (available on request)

  • 20% discount to Police Foundation partners (Thames Valley Police, Bedfordshire Police, Avon and Somerset Constabulary and West Midlands Police)
  • 50% discount to students (available on request)

BT Tower complimentary drinks and buffet reception

A complimentary pre-event networking and drinks reception will be held for delegates on the evening prior to the conference on Tuesday 28 November, in the iconic revolving restaurant on the 34th floor of the BT Tower (60 Cleveland Street, London W1T 4JZ, a separate location from the BT Auditorium and Customer Showcase where the conference will be held). This is a truly special location rarely available to the public and places are limited to 50 delegates, so book now to avoid disappointment.

How to book or find out more:

Telephone: Judy Mackay on 07962 022572

N8 PRP Mobilising Data to Inform Policing Research and Practice @ Leeds Open Data Institute
Dec 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

This workshop will bring together experts, scholars and practitioners to explore innovations in data exploitation and research collaboration and will provide a unique networking opportunity for new synergies between researchers and police practitioners.

Workshop objectives

The morning will showcase the powerful potential of the N8 PRP, exploring existing relationships and highlighting new areas for training and research. Speakers from the recently completed Police Knowledge Fund will present conclusions from their research, focusing on the significance of collaboration between scholars and practitioners in developing an evidence base for policing.

In the afternoon delegates will take part in ‘Networking for Research Innovation’. This will provide an opportunity to discuss potential research ideas with experts from across the N8 PRP, build new networks and develop new ideas for data exploitation and innovative research.

What is Networking for Research Innovation

This session involves police practitioners submitting to the N8 PRP, research questions, interests and/or ideas on which they wish to collaborate based upon strategic priorities and/or existing datasets. At the event, participants will be matched with members from the academic community with similar or complimentary interests to whom they can present to and discuss their research plans. It is envisaged that this could then form the basis of new partnerships and collaborations.

An open session will follow at the end of discussions, giving all attendees the opportunity for additional networking, to examine the list of research questions submitted by everyone attending on the day and to have follow-up meetings if required.

How will you benefit?

  • Opportunities to present to and/or discuss with experts across the N8 PRP network and build new research partnerships;
  • The opportunity to post on a notice board resulting questions, problems, ideas and projects;
  • A document containing all information gathered at the event, including participant contact details (to be sent to you after the event).

To ensure the maximum value from these sessions we invite police practitioners to identify and submit to us in advance specific research questions, themes and ideas on which your organisation might wish to collaborate based upon strategic priorities and/or existing datasets. Once we have collated these we will be in a position to identify any overlapping themes or data sets across the partner organisations and draw up a list of these for circulation among the research community so as to target and match research priorities and available data with areas of expertise.

Current Submissions:

  • We would like to develop research in understanding the impacts of released under investigation in place of traditional bail.
  • We collect stop and search data but currently do not analyse or utilise this and would like to explore how we might do so that adds value and provides insights that are of organisational use.
  • We are interested in developing new research into to use psychological approaches to tailor educational messages which might affect driver behaviour in relation to the use of mobile and media devices.
  • We are interested in developing a force drugs market profile. A comprehensive drugs market profile has not been produced for years and a number of changes have occurred over time such as the introduction of NPS.
  • Crime records provide large sets of data and we would like utilise this to better understand reoffending rates (incidence and prevalence) with a focus on understanding to what extent ‘voluntary attenders’ (VA) reoffend.
  • We are interested in developing a Crime Prevention Strategy which reflects the current and future threats in an environment which is shifting from acquisitive to virtual.
  • We would like to identify methods of predicting future demand to support force improvement in planning future resource and response. Key areas:
    • Responding to the public effectively using data from calls for service and incidents and, understanding how communities engage through use of web chat and social media.
    • Prevention and deterrence – effective problem solving, early intervention and engagement.
    • Protecting vulnerable victims, drawing upon data from domestic abuse, safeguarding referrals and other crimes such as modern day slavery.
    • Monitoring dangerous offenders and disrupting organised crime.
  • We are seeking support for an evaluation to test the effectiveness of a pilot initiative for a revisit to victims of Intimate Partner/Ex-Partner Domestic Abuse. The re-visit is carried out jointly by a Police Officer and an Independent Domestic Abuse Advocate (IDVA), as a secondary response (more information to be circulated to those registered or upon request).
  • The proportion of OCG’s mapped for violence in our force area is significantly greater than the national average.  This could be due to a clearer intelligence picture or these OCGs could be more violent. This does not correlate with the number of violent incidents reported as being linked to OCG nominals suggesting an under reporting.  Further research into this could be beneficial.
  • We would like to develop research in relation to making a transition from treating the victim of domestic abuse and, separately, the perpetrator as the unit of analysis to one of making the ‘dyad’, i.e. couple/partners/relationship, the unit of analysis.


Submitting your idea/dataset will also register your attendance at the event, you are not required to fill in both forms.

Please ensure that ideas/datasets are submitted as soon as possible so that potential collaborators can be identified in time for the event. By submitting you agree to have your contact details shared with those attending.


By way of assistance, we envisage that individual police forces and/or OPCCs might frame their requests along the following lines:

  • We have a large set of data in relation to *** and would like to explore how analysis and or visualisation might add value and provide insights that are of organisational use.
  • We have *** data sets which we are unclear how we might utilise to improve organisational performance and practice and would benefit from some expert assistance.
  • We collect *** data but currently do not analyse or utilise them and would like to explore how we might do so that adds value and provides insights that are of organisational use.
  • We are interested in developing new research into *** to inform and improve current policies and practices.
  • We would like to develop research in relation to *** to help us understand and answer the following key questions linked to our priorities… ***

Programme – pdf copy




Sara Thornton, NPCC  – Fostering a culture of organisational learning: the role of data and research


Realising the potential of data mobilisation and research coproduction

10.00 – 10.20am Professor Adam Crawford – Unlocking Opportunities Through Collaboration

10.20 – 10.40am Dr Nick Malleson and Fiona McLaughlin, University of Leeds– N8 PRP Data Analytics Strand, Innovation in Data Exploitation

10.40 – 11.00am Justin Partridge, Humberside Police – Professional Development for Data Specialists




Learning Lessons from the Police Knowledge Fund 

The Police Knowledge Fund (PKF) has provided opportunities for research collaborations between police forces and academic institutions, increasing the evidence base in priority areas of policing. This session will explore conclusions from four recently completed PKF projects, not only looking at findings but focusing on the significance of co-production and how the collaboration of expertise has provided valuable outputs which will have practical implications to frontline policing.

·         ​​Liverpool John Moores University. Partners: Merseyside Police and PCC.

Embedding evidence-based practice in public protection and crime prevention: A multi-disciplinary partnership

·         ​​Leeds Beckett University. Partners: West Yorkshire Police; Sheffield Hallam; Canterbury Christ Church; CENTRIC

An evidence-based approach to fighting cybercrime from the frontline: Improving the effectiveness and efficiency of investigating cyber enabled crime

·         ​University of Sheffield & University of Leeds. Partners: South Yorkshire Police and PCC; West Yorkshire Police and PCC; Humberside Police and PCC; REMEDI.

Developing restorative policing: using the evidence base to inform the delivery of restorative justice and improving engagement with victims

·         University of York. Partners: North Yorkshire Police; City of York Council; Selby District Council; North Yorkshire County Council; Public Health in North Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services; North Yorkshire and York Forum; York Teaching Hospital.

Co-production of policing evidence, research and training: Focus on mental health




Networking for Research Innovation


Concluding Remarks Professor Adam Crawford, University of Leeds





Who should attend?

Researchers or practitioners who wish to form innovative new policing research partnerships.

We are particularly keen to attract delegates interested in exploring the submitted topics (see Networking for Research Innovation tab), although other discussions will take place during the day.


A number of seats are available to non N8 members however these are limited.

Society of Evidence Based Policing Annual Spring Conference @ Open University in Milton Keynes
Mar 1 – Mar 2 all-day

Planning is underway for the next conference on 1-2 March 2018 at the Open University in Milton Keynes.

Bookings are now open! Tickets are £85.

Book your place here: Click

We will announce speakers and topics as soon as we have confirmation. Check this page for updates.

If you would like to contribute to organising the conference in any way, please contact us.