The Centre for Criminology hosted the 5th Annual PhD Criminology Conference last week. Held in order for doctoral student to engage in discussion about emerging research interests in criminology, the conference was a great success with a wide variety of interesting presentations, ranging from the neo-colonial roots of international law to British post-custodial sanctions to the importance of policy uniform to the changing nature of gang violence in Guatemala. To get a full sense of the diversity of contributions, please take a minute to look at the ABSTRACTS (pdf). Congratulations and thank you to all presenters: the event could not have happened without your hard work and the vitality of your research made the conference the success it was.

A big thank you to our Chairs – Rachel Condry, Ana Aliverti, Ambrose Lee and Jamie Bennett – for facilitating discussion and to our fascinating plenary speakers: Eammon Carabine, who presented on “The Icongraphy of Crime”; Fergus McNeill (“Go-betweens and In-betweens: Critical, Comparative and Civic Criminologies”) and finally, Richard Sparks (“From hype to hope?: crises, dystopias and reconstructions in the search for a better politics of crime”).

To everyone, from the organisers - Matthew Davies, Sylvia Rich, Lea Sitkin and Kate West – we hope you enjoyed your time here in Oxford and went away feeling inspired in your research. We hope the tradition of annual PhD Criminology Conferences continues and look forward to attending next year’s event.