‘Public Criminology’ Postgraduate Symposium


The Institute of Criminology at Victoria University of Wellington is inviting abstracts for paper presentations at our New Zealand Postgraduate ‘Public Criminology’ Symposium, to be held on Thursday 16th February 2017. The Postgraduate Symposium precedes the Fourth Annual New Zealand Criminology Symposium, also on the theme of Public Criminology, held at Victoria University of Wellington, on Friday 17th February. All presenters at the Postgraduate Conference are warmly invited to attend on the following day as well.

Public criminology means engaging with wider society to ensure the findings of our high quality criminological work informs and influences policy and practice. Doing ‘public criminology’ means engaging in critical debates about criminal justice system issues, working and liaising with NGOs and other grassroots organisations, and keeping active in our communities to spread the message about the important academic work being done in the criminological sphere. We understand public criminology means different things to different people, and that there may be multiple public criminologies, therefore we interpret the theme of the conference broadly.

We encourage Masters and PhD students at all stages to present 15 minute papers, exploring topics as diverse as: criminal justice system responses, gender and crime, drug use and misuse, punishment, prisons, sex and sex work, state crime, courts and decision-making, restorative justice, and rehabilitation. The conference will be a supportive and welcoming event, aimed at allowing postgraduate students to develop their presentation skills, network with other students and criminology staff from Victoria and further afield, and share their research in an environment that promotes helpful feedback.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to Toni Carr (toni.carr@vuw.ac.nz) by Wednesday 30th November.

The two linked events will be closed with a convivial drinks reception on the Friday evening. Attendance for one or both days is free for students of all levels, however students will need to make their own accommodation and travel arrangements. While attendance is free, we do ask that you please register your proposed participation via Eventbrite for planning purposes. Please visit the links below for more information and to register:



We encourage postgraduates, supervisors and students to circulate details of this event through their relevant networks. We look forward to seeing you in February 2017!


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