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Sanctuary in Sweden: Discussing Support for Refugees in Malmö

29 September 2017 12:00 - 17:00

Venue: Sofielund Folkets Hus, Rolfsgatan 16, 214 34 Malmö, Sweden


As with other countries in Europe, the context of applying for asylum in Sweden is changing rapidly. Since 2015 in particular, organisations which exist to support refugee groups have experienced significant shifts and constraints which have created challenges for this provision. This workshop aims to address some of the challenges that organisations - and the individuals within them - are facing.

Exploring Harm and Evidence

9 November 2016 08:45 - 16:45

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL


Gendered violence in activist communities 21/09/2016

21 September 2016 19:00 - 21:00

Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
2 Langley Lane
LondonSW8 1GB
United Kingdom

Convenor: Dr Julia Downes,  The Open University, Social Policy & Criminology

The Salvage Research Project explored the lived experiences of harm, violence and abuse experienced by women, non-binary and transgender individuals in radical activist communities in the UK. This event will mark the launch of the final report and toolkit with a panel discussion of the key findings and implications for action and social justice.


8 June 2016 16:00 - 18:30

The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA
The Michael Young Building


Public Lecture: Professor Sandra Walklate

The Open University and Milton Keynes SaferMK are hosting this event to launch their new joint initiative on researching local crime and justice issues. 

As an offshoot of the OU’s Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC) the Centre for Applied Social and Criminological Research in the New Town will be hosting a series of events and carrying out research projects in the local area focusing on community safety, harm. criminology and social policy.


24 May 2016 14:00 - 16:00

Location: The Open University, Milton Keynes, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA
Venue: Christodoulou Meeting Room 1

Pauline Martin Rodriguez is our Masters exchange student from University of Brussels. This event sees Pauline showcasing her research on western prisons and religion.

Power, Ethics and Positionality: Day school on advanced research methods in critical criminology and social policy

13 May 2016 10:00 - 17:00

The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

Berrill Lecture Theatre and Michael Young Building

The Department of Social Policy and Criminology in partnership with the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC) is hosting a day school in advanced research methods in critical criminology and social policy. This day school aims to enable postgraduate students to critically reflect on core themes of power, ethics and positionality in conducting research on crime, criminalization, social harm, inequalities, social justice and social policy. Plenary sessions will explore and problematize these themes in relation to researching the powerful and the powerless.

Briefing Launch: ‘Better Regulation’ - Better for whom?

27 April 2016 17:00 - 19:00

Venue: University of Liverpool, Eleanor Rathbone Building, Leslie Hearnshaw Lecture, Bedford Street South, Liverpool L69 7ZA, United Kingdom

At the launch of 'Better Regulation’: Better for Whom?, Steve Tombs, Professor of Criminology at the Open University, will introduce his new findings that place the spotlight on the lack of effective local government regulation of pollution, food safety and workplace health and safety standards in the UK.

Sites of Confinement: Confines, Control and Resistance at the Border

17 March 2016 09:00 - 18:00

Campus Luigi Einaudi, University of Turin, Lungo Dora Siena 100/A - 10154, Turin, Italy
Room: E5

The aim of this day conference is to stimulate discussion around the ambiguity of sites of confinement with specific focuses on migration; race and racism; and physical, social and spatial bordering as control. Drawing together academics and activists working and campaigning across Europe, we aim to analyse the inconsistencies and contestations within pre-trial detention, administrative detention and the different forms of reception/confinement of asylum seekers, refugees and illegalised migrants.

Crime, Justice and Society in Scotland

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.

The Corporate Criminal - discussed by Steve Tombs and David Whyte

The Corporate Criminal
19 October 2015 18:30

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.