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Police Ethics and Integrity

9 May 2014 (10:00 - 17:00)

CMR15, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

This conference is organised by the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR) in association with the British Society of Criminology.

It 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?

Confirmed Speakers

Louise Westmarland (The Open University) and Mike Rowe (Northumbria University) 'Police ethics and integrity: Tales from the field'.

PAJ Waddington (University of Wolverhampton) 'Exploring operational culture'

Jay Albanese (Virginia Commonwealth University; author of 'Ethics in Criminal Justice', 3rd ed.). Title to be confirmed.

Marian Fitzgerald 'A Policeman's Lot is not a Happy One' on the drop in recorded crime rates.

Simon Holdaway (University of Sheffield) 'Ethics as an aspect of the professionalisation of the police'.

Maurice Punch (King's College London and LSE) 'System Change and Values in Dutch Policing'.

To register, please visit the conference site:

There is no registration fee but spaces are limited, please book early to avoid disappointment.

For more information about this event, please contact Sarah Batt (email:


Book-launch & Celebration of the work of John Clarke

20 May 2014 (15:45 - 18:30)

The Open University in London,(Meeting Room 2) 1-11 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, London, NW1 8NP

An event around a new book: 'Disputing citizenship' by John Clarke, Kathleen Coll, Evelina Dagnino & Catherine Neveu

On the occasion of his retirement from the Open University, Dr. Nick Mahony and Professor Allan Cochrane (Faculty of Social Sciences, OU) would like to invite you to celebrate the intellectual and creative contributions of John Clarke and the publication of his latest co-authored book:

Disputing citizenship (Policy Press). By John Clarke, Kathleen Coll, Evelina Dagnino, Catherine Neveu


15:45 - 16:15 Tea

16:15 - 17:30 Book Launch: Professor Engin Isin; Professor Sasha Roseneil; Professor John Clarke

17:30 - 18:30 Reception

Convenors: Dr. Nick Mahony and Professor Allan Cochrane

If you wish to attend this event please register via the CCIG website.


Therapy in Forensic Settings Conference

2 June 2014 - 3 June 2014

Michael Young Building (Rooms 1-3), The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

This conference is organised and supported by the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR).

It will feature 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

Targeted Audience

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


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

Confirmed Speakers

Dr Jonathan Shapero (Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Chadwick Lodge Hospital)

Mary Haley (Principal Adult Psychotherapist, Mental Health In Reach Team)

Dr Srinivasa Thirumalai (Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Marlborough House)

Dr Stephen Regel (Director of the Centre for Trauma, Resilience and Growth)

Dr Lisa Wright (Mersey Forensic Psychology Service)

Professor Michael Brookes, OBE (Birmingham City University)

Dr Joel Harvey (Institute of Psychiatry)

Luke Endersby (London Metropolitan University)

Dr Andrew Rogers (Adult & Youth Specialist Services Directorate, Greater Manchester)

Dr Joel Harvey (Institute of Psychiatry)

Dr Yasmine Precious (Clinical Psychologist, Northampton)

For a detailed programme and registration information, please visit the conference site:

There is no registration fee but spaces are limited, please book early to avoid disappointment.

For more information about this event, please contact Sarah Batt (email:


City Materialities, City Securities

27 June 2014 (9am - 5pm)

The OU London office

Call for Papers

We invite abstracts of up to 300 words to be submitted by 30 April 2014 to:

This CRESC conference aims to bring into dialogue current debates around urban (in)security with a theoretical focus on the materiality of the city as an arena where the social, the technical and the material co-produce a particular urban ecology.

The process of 'securitisation' has been central to shaping our modern urban environment through initiatives like 'Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design'. CCTV cameras are only the most obvious marker of a phenomenon that encompasses security lighting, alarm systems, specially designed street furniture, hallways, housing, and gated communities, all patrolled by an array of public and private security officers. How, then, should we approach the securitised city in its very materiality? What does it signify? What are its effects and affects? Recent academic work has paid renewed attention to the materiality of the city, exploring how structures and objects, large and small, bring into play complex layerings that involve different experiences of space, different aesthetic sensibilities and politics that connect to understandings of the public realm and public space. If humans and materials are co-produced in urban environments, what kinds of social worlds are brought into being through the securitised city?

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Engaging with audiences outside academia

4 July 2014 (9:30am - 5pm)

Open University,

Workshop outline

Communicating and engaging with research outside of traditional academic sources can prove a challenge for researchers, but is an increasing demand in academia. This day conference brings together experienced researchers who have engaged with non-academic publics in a number of ways to the benefit of those participating. Through the course of the day we will consider a number of communication and engagement methods, aiming to give researchers useful tools and accounts of successful approaches.

Targeted audience

The event will be of interest to PhD students, post-docs and early career researchers looking to engage with audiences outside of academia. We welcome researchers from different disciplines to join our workshop and contribute to what we hope will be a lively discussion and exchange of approaches, ideas, opportunities and challenges.

Register to attend

Attendance is free, but spaces are limited. To reserve a place, or to receive further information, please contact:

Food and refreshments

Lunch will be provided on the day. Please confirm any special dietary requirements when registering for the workshop.