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Criminology Seminar Series

Launched in 2015, the Criminology Seminar Series provides a platform for critical, path-breaking interdisciplinary research on crime, criminal justice and related themes by scholars within and beyond Birkbeck. 

Attendance is free and open to all. Book your place by following the links below, or

Upcoming EVENTS

11 February 2021 Misogyny As Hate Crime (Dr Irene Zempi, Nottingham Trent University)

25 February 2021 Gendered Harms of Crimmigration: Migrant Women's Narratives and Experiences of the Criminal Justice and Punishment in the UK (Dr Monish Bhatia, Birkbeck, University of London)

4 March 2021 Smash the corporation! Extending abolition beyond prisons and the police to capitalism and the corporate form (Dr Grietje Baars, City, University of London)

11 March 2021 The Politics of Being an Expert: A Critical Realist Auto-ethnography of Drug Policy Advisory Panels in the UK (Professor Alex Stevens, University of Kent)






  • Professor Jo Phoenix, Open University: 'Against queer criminology: For a criminology of sex and sexualities (video)
  • Professor Barbara Owen, California State University: 'Confronting inequality in women's imprisonment' 
  • Nesam McMillan, University of Melbourne: 'Imagining the international: crime, justice and community on the global stage' 
  • Professor Yvonne Jewkes, University of Brighton: 'The modern architecture of incarceration: from spectacular statement of sovereign power to (an)aesthetic symbol of public indifference' 
  • Professor Phil Scraton, Queen's University Belfast: 'Hillsborough: resisting injustice, uncovering truth' 



  • Professor Mike Hough, Institute for Criminal Policy Research, Birkbeck, University of London: 'Why does punitivity vary across country? Penal practice and public attitudes to punishment in comparative perspective' 
  • Professor Leila Simona Talani, King's College London: 'Money laundering in the City of London: London as a laundry of choice' 
  • Professor Ben Bowling, King's College London: 'Theorising crimmigration control' 
  • Kate Meagher, London School of Economics: 'Entrepreneurship, criminality and tipping points: clandestine trade in East and West Africa' 
  • Professor Vincenzo Ruggiero, Middlesex University: 'Financial crime and early criminology: the ambiguity of a concept forged in the eighteenth century'