Abstract Guidelines

Please read the following information carefully before submitting your abstract.

If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us by email bsc2017@shu.ac.uk or by telephone on 0114 225 5340.

Conference deadlines:

  • Call for abstracts opens - Monday 30 January 2017
  • Call for abstracts closes - Friday 26 May 2017
  • Conference registration opens - Monday 30 January 2017
  • Early Bird registration closes - Friday 12 May 2017
  • Notification to authors (no later than) - 1 month of receipt of abstract
  • Conference registration closes - Friday 23 June 2017

Conference themes:

The overarching conference theme is 'Forging Social Justice: Local Challenges, Global Complexities'.

Our aim is to provide space for criminologists to forge critical discussion, debate and contestation. We would therefore encourage conference submissions that provide a forum for an inclusionary dialogue that will promote a dynamic conference environment. As such we would particularly welcome delegates' consideration of how they might engage debate, challenge orthodoxy and/or promote innovation.

In order to fulfil these conference aims, abstracts can be submitted for a range of delivery modes. Please consider stepping outside the conventional by presenting your work in a new way.

Abstract format:

Please submit an abstract through the online submission form, which is no more than 250 words.

Delivery modes:

Please note that you are welcome to submit a single abstract as an individual or a set of abstracts representing a group of people, please follow the guidance on the online submission form.

  • Single Paper Presentation
  • BSC Network Panel Presentation (a set of 3 or 4 papers presented in either slots of 20 or 15 minutes, followed by 30 minutes discussion)
  • Panel Presentation (a set of 3 or 4 papers presented in either slots of 20 or 15 minutes, followed by 30 minutes discussion)
  • Discussion Panel (a set of 5 individual papers presenting 5 slides in 5 minute slots, followed by an hour of discussion)
  • Roundtable (a discussion session with no formal presentation of papers)
  • Poster Presentation (posters are displayed throughout the conference and authors are available at a set time to discuss their work)
  • Other (please let us know if you would like to do something different)

If you would like to suggest a conference stream (a set of panels throughout the conference), please let us know by emailing bsc2017@shu.ac.uk

Abstract themes:

So that we can plan effective sessions, please select a first and second choice Conference Theme. Using the online submission form, you will be able to select two of the following themes:


Criminological TheoryInnovations in JusticeHuman Rights
Public CriminologyRestorative JusticeSocial Justice
Critical CriminologyYouth JusticeCounter Terrorism
Green CriminologyYoung OffendersIdentity and Crime
Cultural CriminologySupporting OffendersRace, Ethnicity and Crime
Ultra-Realist CriminologyPolicingGender and Crime
DevianceForensics and Criminal InvestigationsVulnerable Victims
VictimologyCommunity SafetyHate Crime
Criminological MethodologiesCrime PreventionViolent Crime
Governance of CrimeSurveillanceUrban Crime
Privatisation and JusticeBorder ControlAnti-Social Behaviour
Social Enterprise and JusticeTechnology and CrimeGangs
Penalty and PunishmentDrugs and AlcoholDeviant Leisure
PrisonsDesistance Night-Time Economy
ProbationRecoveryCelebrity and Crime
Community PenaltiesCrimes of the PowerfulMedia and Crime
Courts and SentencingWhite Collar CrimeHistory of Crime and Deviance
Procedural JusticeOrganised CrimePedagogy and Criminology
Community Sanctions and MeasuresState CrimeRural Crime
Convict CriminologySexual ViolenceDomestic Violence
Comparative Criminology
Submit your abstract here

Key Dates

Friday 23rd June 2017

Conference registration closes

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Monday 30th January 2017

Call for abstracts

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Monday 30th January 2017

Early bird registration opens

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Friday 12th May 2017

Early bird registration closes

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Friday 26th May 2017

Call for abstracts closes

Now closed