Impact and engagement

Centre for Criminal Justice Studies

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The Centre for Criminal Justice Studies has a proud track record of knowledge exchange and engagement with non-academic research users at a local, national and international level.

Some examples of Centre for Criminal Justice Studies (CCJS) members’ recent engagement activities include:

  • new sentencing data scale developed by Dr Jose Pina-Sánchez et al. being adopted by the Sentencing Council for England and Wales to assess the impact of its sentencing guidelines on severity (5 February 2019)
  • Ilaria Zavoli and Dr Colin King (University of Sussex) submitting written evidence to an expert panel of the Government of British Columbia, Canada, on money laundering in the real estate market (23 January 2019)
  • Ilaria Zavoli giving a presentation on money laundering in the UK real estate market at the Home Office (15 January 2019)
  • Jose Pina-Sánchez et al. presenting findings on the measurement of sentence severity at the Ministry of Justice analytical seminar series (12 December 2018)
  • Jose Pina-Sánchez et al. presenting on sentence severity at the ‘Collaborating to shape the future of sentencing research conference’ organised by the Sentencing Council and City University  (7 November 2018)
  • Ilaria Zavoli presenting at the 10th  Research Conference on Organised Crime hosted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security in The Hague. Ilaria presented her research on real estate agents’ approaches to money laundering in the UK property market. The Conference has been co-funded by the Internal Security Fund of the European Union (10-11 October 2018)
  • Professor Emeritus Clive Walker, appointed by the Home Office as Senior Special Advisor to the Independent Reviewer of the Terrorism Legislation, is featured in the latest Annual Report of the Reviewer, Max Hill QC. In the light of the recent use of chemical weapons in Salisbury, Professor Walker investigates the coverage of the legal definition of terrorism and whether it can apply to state actors (10 October 2018)
  • Professor Emeritus Clive Walker’s written evidence to debates on the current Counter Terrorism and Border Security Bill 2017 was commented upon in the House of Lords including by his former student Baroness Sayeeda Warsi (9 October 2018)
  • Professor Emeritus Clive Walker’s written evidence to debates on the current Counter Terrorism and Border Security Bill 2017 was commented upon in Parliament by the Joint Committee on Human Rights (12 September 2018)
  • Dr David Churchill was interviewed about Victorian lock-picking competitions and the history of security for the Slate/The Economist podcast ‘The Secret History of the Future’ (3 October 2018)
  • Dr Henry Yeomans gave an invited presentation on minimum unit pricing to a group of medical professionals at a Pan Yorkshire Hepatology training day in Leeds (27 September 2018)
  • Dr Conor O'Reilly and Dr Camilo Tamayo Gomez participated in a two-hour special of the programme Por Que Sera on Radio Nacional Colombia dedicated to their Newton Fund research project on kidnapping in Mexico (25 September 2018)
  • Professor Emeritus Clive Walker was appointed as a consultant by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to provide expert comment on drafts of the Sri Lankan government’s proposed Counter Terrorism Act of 2018, with the latest version available online (9 October 2018)
  • Dr Emma Wincup was co-opted to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs Recovery Committee to support their programme of work on drug use and vulnerability and presented evidence at an evidence-gathering day based on her work on young people, drug use and homelessness (3 July 2018)
  • Ilaria Zavoli presenting at a workshop hosted by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London on her research on money laundering in the UK real estate market (2 July 2018)
  • Stuart Lister and Dr Jose Pina-Sanchez’s research into police use of body-worn cameras was reported in several national and local media outlets including Policing Insight, the Yorkshire Post and Radio Aire (26 June 2018)
  • Jose Pina-Sánchez contributed analysis towards the Sentencing Council for England and Wales’ assessment of its Fraud, Bribery and Money Laundering Definitive Guideline (25 June 2019)
  • Jose Pina-Sánchez receiving multiple citations in a report from the Sentencing Advisory Council in defence of a Sentencing Guidelines Council in Victoria, Australia.
  • Jose Pina-Sánchez leading a workshop at the Sentencing Council for England and Wales on the application of analytical tools to assess changes in sentence severity and consistency using R (22 May 2018)
  • Dr Henry Yeomans gave a presentation on alcohol pricing interventions at Public Health England’s headquarters (20 April 2018)
  • Ilaria Zavoli’s written evidence submission in response to the Treasury Committee public consultation on ‘Digital currencies’, pointing out the money laundering risks of the use of cryptocurrencies in the UK real estate market (April 2018)
  • Professor Emeritus Clive Walker, at the invitation of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, compiled a review on ‘Counterterrorism in the United Kingdom’ which was published in their Counter Terrorism Yearbook 2018. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute is an independent, non-partisan research institute on strategic policy, set up by the Government to provide fresh ideas on Australia's defence and strategic policy choices (27 March 2018)
  • Professor Emeritus Clive Walker gave a presentation (with Simon McKay) on 'Intelligence Law in the United Kingdom' at the Zweites Symposium zum Recht der Nachrichtendienste: Reform der Nachrichtendienste zwischen Vergesetzlichung und Internationalisierung, Berlin, organised by the German government’s Budesministerium des Innern (15-16 March 2018)
  • Professor Emeritus Clive Walker contributed written evidence to debates on the current Counter Terrorism and Border Security Bill 2017 (November 2017)
  • Dr David Churchill gave a public lecture on the history of policing and prosecution in Yorkshire at an ‘Our Criminal Ancestors’ event at Hull History Centre (23 September 2017)
  • Dr Conor O'Reilly was interviewed by the New Scientist regarding the British government proposals for a 'smart border' in Ireland post-Brexit and its security implications (16 August 2017)
  • Dr Henry Yeomans gave a presentation on alcohol pricing interventions at the Home Office (June 21 2017)
  • Dr Anna Barker, Dr Nathan Booth, Dr David Churchill and Professor Adam Crawford presented a public exhibition on ‘Leeds Parks: Past, Present and Future’ at Roundhay Park (29 April – 1 May 2017) and at Cross Flatts Park (3 June 2017)
  • Dr Anna Barker, Dr Nathan Booth, Dr David Churchill and Professor Adam Crawford displayed findings from their research on Leeds public parks, and led an historic walking tour of Woodhouse Moor, at the University’s ‘Be Curious’ public engagement festival (25 March 2017)
  • Dr David Churchill contributed an article on victim-blaming and crime prevention to The Conversation, ‘Can the Victorians teach us how to treat “careless” victims of crime?’ (7 February 2017)