Call for papers: Policing futures: contexts, practices and debates

As part of the British Sociological Association’s regional postgraduate event series, we are delighted to announce a call for papers for a forthcoming one-day postgraduate research (PGR) conference.

The event, entitled Policing Futures: Contexts, Practices and Debates, will take place on Wednesday 7 June 2017.

Also supported by the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre’s Security, Conflict and Justice Pathway, and the N8 Policing Research Partnership, the conference will facilitate a vibrant and constructive forum in which postgraduate researchers are encouraged to present their research on the developing contexts, practices and debates inherent within contemporary policing.

The format is particularly suited to presenting research in progress, and for developing new and existing networks between postgraduate researchers within the broader policing field. The conference will also feature contributions from a number of established scholars, including a keynote address from Dr. Ben Bradford (University of Oxford).

The conference organizing committee invites the submission of abstracts within the following broad themes:

  1. Policing in context: submissions may include research on transnational policing, plural policing, and policing and the media

  2. The practice of policing: submissions may include research on policing and crime reduction, models of policing, criminal investigation, drugs policing, policing organised crime, policing terror, and policing cybercrime

  3. Themes and debates in policing: submissions may include research on policing, race and ethnicity, policing young people, policing and gender, and police ethics and accountability.

Please note that the above criteria are merely intended as guidance – submissions on the periphery of these themes will also be considered. Timing allocations are strictly limited to 20 minutes per person.

Abstracts of no more than 350 words should be submitted to Jennifer Healy (, no later than 17:00 on Thursday 13 April 2017.

Registration is currently priced at £10 for BSA members, and £25 for non-BSA members - please register here.

British Society of Criminology (BSC) members are also entitled to register at the discounted rate of £10 - interested BSC members should contact in order to purchase registration at the discounted rate.

A small number of travel bursaries are available, subject to application and approval. Please contact Ashley Kilgallon at for more information, or if you have any further queries.