British Society of Criminology Annual Conference: A ‘Mirror’ or a ‘Motor’? What is Criminology for?

Partners: British Society of Criminology, Cardiff University & the University of South Wales

Venues: City Hall & Cathays Park Campus Buildings, Cardiff University, Holiday Inn, Park Plaza Hotel, Hilton Hotel

Speakers: Professor Gary Marx, MIT, USA; Prof Lawrence Sherman, Cambridge University; Professor Stanley Cohen, London School of Economics; Chief Constable Barbara Wilding plus many more.

Guests: The conference was attended by 400+ international academic delegates.

The event was a four-day, multi-venue conference with multiple sessions running in parallel, included plenary sessions with high-profile speakers, panels, interactive workshops; author-meets-reader sessions, sponsored afternoon teas and wine receptions and a trade exhibition for major publishers.

The event was organised around ten key academic themes: Public criminology and criminology’s Publics; Community safety, regulation and governance; Serious and organised crime; Policing change and changing policing; Punishment, rehabilitation and social control; Young people, crime and justice; Alcohol, drugs and crime; Structures and processes in criminal justice; Representations and technologies of crime and crime control; Violent and property crime.

Accommodation for delegates was arranged throughout the city of Cardiff on a Bronze / Silver or Gold package basis. Evening dinners and entertainment were hosted in a grand hall at City Hall and inspired by Welsh cuisine and culture, with guests treated to the incredible Cardiff Arms Park Male Choir and a Tom Jones impersonator!