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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









  • 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' 


  • Nicholas Lord, University of Manchester: 'Twenty-first-century corporate "justice": criminalising the failure to prevent crime (video)
  • Nando Sigona, University of Birmingham: 'The EU's "refugee crisis" and the production of "illegality" (video)
  • Tanya Serisier, Birkbeck, University of London, 'Speaking out online: has social media changed responses to sexual violence?' 
  • Professor Didier Bigo, Kings College London: 'Digital surveillance and everyday democracy: the advent of transnational guilds of sensitive information worldwide (video)'
  • Professor Bill Bowring, Birkbeck, University of London: 'Double standards at the International Criminal Court: is there a brighter future for global justice?'
  • Professor Phil Scraton, Queen's University Belfast: 'Hillsborough: resisting injustice, uncovering truth' 
  • Professor Peter Kraska, Eastern Kentucky University: 'Academic complicity in USA police militarization' 
  • Professor Sandra Walklate, University of Liverpool: 'Bare your body, bare your soul? The historical traces of war's violence(s) on violence against women'
  • Professor Nigel South, University of Essex: 'Climate change, authoritarianism and denial: disconnected policy, free trade and ecocidal trends' 
  • Vanessa Barker, Stockholm University: 'Crimmigration in Sweden: bans on begging and the logic of benevolent violence' 
  • Professor Susanne Karstedt, Griffith University: 'On the importance of values: solidarity and punishment in contemporary societies' 


  • 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'