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As well as holding regular staff meetings to discuss collaborative research and course production, the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR) hosts an annual conference and regular research seminars.

Our annual conferences aim to bring together academics from overseas, and from a variety of disciplines, into contact with practitioners, policy makers and the press. The research seminars usually include a number of papers focused on a single issue. Details of conferences and seminars (both past and future) are given below. To receive e-mail details about the events and activities of the ICCCR, please add yourself to the mailing list using our contact information.

The Corporate Criminal - discussed by Steve Tombs and David Whyte

Monday 19 October 2015, 6.30pm
News From Nowhere, Radical and Community Book Shop, 96 Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4HY

Steve Tombs and David Whyte discuss their recent book The Corporate Criminal: Why Corporations Must Be Abolished.

The Corporate Criminal What the reviewer said:

"Few academic books demand the kind of critical attention that The Corporate Criminal demands. This is surely the most powerful and compelling critique of the corporation ever written. Tombs and Whyte pull no punches in this arrestingly accessible but scholarly book. Their argument is simple – its legal and historical construction is such that the resulting corporation is endemically criminogenic and thus beyond reform. Their conclusion is utterly persuasive, 'the goal of corporate opposition must be the abolition of the corporation'." – Professor Penny Green, Queen Mary University of London, UK

"Tombs and Whyte provide a brilliant, unflinching and original account of corporate power in neoliberal capitalism. Their careful analysis – rich in both empirical and theoretical insights - convincingly reveals that corporations cannot balance economic progress with social welfare, but also that the only effective corrective is to disassemble the corporate form. This superb book is a must read for anyone wishing to understand how and why corporations have come to define and destroy our daily lives, and what do about it." - Susanne Soederberg, Queen’s University, Canada

Doing research in prisons: Future challenges

19 October 2015, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Centre for Crime and Justice Studies - CCJS, 2 Langley Lane, Vauxhall, London, SW8 1GB

The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Ethnography, Edited by Deborah Drake, Rod Earle and Jennifer Sloan

The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Ethnography What the reviewer said:

"Undertaking ethnographic observation in prisons troubles its practitioners. Ethnography as a research practice always presents profound challenges; in prisons the ambivalences and embarrassments, the divided loyalties, the fascinations and the tedium, can be demanding and chastening indeed. To their great credit the editors of this beautifully conceived and executed volume neither shy away from these problems not merely indulge in them. Instead they and their contributors take a measured and reflective look at the problems that prison ethnography raises, including those it cannot resolve. Cumulatively, these essays tell us why it matters that the ethnographic study of places of confinement never be eclipsed and why in the end it will not be. In the future everyone who contemplates doing such work will want to reckon with this book and will have reason to be grateful for its lessons." - Professor Richard Sparks, University of Edinburgh

"This Handbook offers a rich, honest, challenging and fascinating overview of prison ethnographies in over 10 countries. It discusses important theoretical issues and methodological dilemmas inherent in conducting qualitative, and more particularly ethnographic, inquiry in prisons, while providing at the same time an authoritative account of prison conditions around the world. By looking not only at how ethnography enhances understanding of the prison, but also how prison ethnographies contribute to our understanding of the ethnographic enterprise, it will be an invaluable source for students, practitioners and researchers both within and beyond criminological and prison studies." - Professor Sonja Snacken, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Crime, Justice and Society in Scotland

29 October 2015, 17.30-19.30
The Open University Scotland, 10 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh, EH3 7QJ

Editors, Hazel Croall, Gerry Mooney and Mary Munro will lead a discussion panel including Nick Fyfe and Kenny Mackasill about the challenges facing the criminal justice system in Scotland now and in the future.

Crime, Justice and Society in Scotland What the reviewer said:

"The different parts of the United Kingdom have increasingly divergent criminal justice systems. Consequently, this first full-scale treatment of crime and justice in contemporary Scotland comes at a hugely important time. This volume is ambitious in intent, broad in scope, and critical in approach. It should be welcomed with open arms and will undoubtedly be required reading for anyone interested not just in Scotland, but in the complex territory of crime and justice in Europe." - Professor Tim Newburn, London School of Economics

Crime, Justice and Society in Scotland provides the reader with an illuminating and timely contribution to our understanding of criminal justice politics and policymaking in contemporary Scottish society. This perceptive collection of essays not only challenges notions about the "distinctiveness" of Scottish criminal justice in the post-devolution era, but also reflects significantly on wider structural issues concerning social inequality, power and social justice." - Professor Jacqueline Tombs, Director of the Institute for Society and Social Justice Research, Glasgow Caledonian University

Past events

Criminal Justice Policy Review: 'the Coalition Years' and the Scottish dimension?

Wed 22nd April 2015, 5.30-7.30
Open University Scotland, Edinburgh

The approach to a General Election is an appropriate point at which to look back at criminal justice policy during the period of the Westminster Coalition and how this has, or has not, impacted on Scotland. This seminar – organised by the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR) and OU Scotland – seeks to do just that. Its starting point will be with the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies’ Criminal Justice Policy Review: the Coalition Years, to be published late March 2015, examining recent trends in criminal justice policy at the level of the UK and across the four nations. Richard Garside, Director of the CCJS, will open the seminar by speaking to the document, and in particular its Scottish dimensions. Four contributions on various aspects relevant to ‘criminal justice policy’, broadly defined, will then follow, with insights from academic, Scottish politics and Scottish campaigning. The second hour of the two hour event will consist of a Q&A and an open discussion.


Richard Garside, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
Gerry Mooney, ICCCR
Mary Munro, Strathclyde University
Lisa Whittaker and Fiona McHardy, Poverty Alliance (Glasgow)

The event is free but spaces are limited, so please register here

Therapy in Forensic Settings

Practices and Challenges

The Open University in Milton Keynes
2nd-3rd June 2014, Michael Young Meeting Rooms, Rooms 1-3
No Registration fee required

The conference is being organised and supported by The Open University's International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research.

It features presentations on contemporary forensic psychological research and practice, with an emphasis on the challenges faced when working therapeutically in forensic settings. Topics include:

  • HMP Grendon - the UK's only therapeutic prison community
  • psychotherapy and violent offenders
  • restorative justice and sexual victimisation
  • disclosure in forensic settings
  • dialectical behavioural therapy with women in a secure setting
  • trauma, resilience and growth

The conference will be of interest to researchers, practitioners and students working and studying in psychology and counselling.

Convenors: Professor Graham Pike, Dr Catriona Havard and Dr Andreas Vossler (The Open University)

Witnessing Psychology

A workshop organised by the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)

The Open University, London
Thursday 29 May 2014, 18:30-20:30

The Open University invites you to consider whether witnesses to crimes can really remember 'the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth'.

In this interactive event, hosted by the Forensic Cognition Research Group, you will learn about research into attention, memory, and suggestibility. You will discover what witnesses can and can't do, and also learn how psychology and technology are being used together to improve police investigations and help witnesses to give the best possible evidence.


Prof Graham Pike


Dr Hayley Ness and Dr Helen Kaye

Police Ethics and Integrity

A one day international conference

The Open University in Milton Keynes
Friday 9th May 2014, 10:00-17:00

International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research in association with the BSC
Brisitsh Society of Crimonology

This one day conference will concentrate on current debates in policing, ethics and integrity, including questions that will be of interest to academic and practitioner audiences. Key speakers will debate issues such as:

  • Does police culture equal corruption?
  • Can a code of ethics encourage police integrity?
  • To what extent are demands placed on policing directing the moral compass?

Last updated: 24 September 2015