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The Voluntary Sector in Criminal Justice: Setting the Research Agenda

The Voluntary Sector in Criminal Justice: Setting the Research Agenda

June 5, 2017 - 9:00am to June 6, 2017 - 5:00pm
The University of Sheffield Law School


A two day Conference on The Voluntary Sector in Criminal Justice: Setting the Research Agenda

The aim of this workshop is to bring delegates from academia, practice and policy together to talk about their research needs, and establish the 'state of the art' in criminal justice voluntary sector research, paying particular attention to :
- identifying needs and gaps in the research capacity of academics, practitioners and policymakers
- voluntary sector governance, regulation and safeguarding in commissioning, contractual and informal service delivery relationships with statutory agencies
- the effects of contractual provisions in shaping voluntary organisations' activities
- the range and adequacy of theoretical and methodological tools used in criminal justice voluntary sector research, and the ethics of such research.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Sarah Armstrong (Sociology Senior Research Fellow, University of Glasgow)
  • Nathan Dick (Head of Policy and Communications at Clinks)
  • Anita Dockley (Research Director, The Howard League for Penal Reform)
  • Professor Shadd Maruna (Professor of Criminology, University of Manchester)
  • Dr Rob Macmillan (Research Fellow, Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham)
  • Dr Adam White (Senior Lecturer, University of Sheffield)
  • Dr Emma Hughes (Criminology Department Chair, California State University, Fresno, USA)

Voluntary organisations are increasingly involved in criminal justice but have attracted little research, Dr Philippa Tomczak is launching the new international, multidisciplinary voluntary sector in criminal justice research network for academics, practitioners and policymakers, championed by Professor Sir Anthony Bottoms and Professor Joanna Shapland, assisted by Dr David Thompson.

The network will be launched at this event - practitioner documents available to download on the right hand side of the page.

We are delighted to announce funded places for practitioners to attend and actively participate in our June event, and to shape the future activities of our research network. If selected, practitioners will receive a free event place, a travel allowance, refreshments, a free place at dinner and accommodation during the event.

If you are not selected, you will still be able to join the network and thus have the opportunity to participate in all activities. There are no specific eligibility criteria, beyond working in the criminal justice voluntary sector.

Please note that we are only able to fund individual applications. Groups are most welcome, but we are unfortunately only able to fund one member of a group that attends the event due to budget constraints.

Please complete the application form in full and return to by 12pm GMT on Monday 10th April 2017. All queries are welcomed and may be directed to Dr David Thompson.


Places are limited and registration is required for this event.

The delegate fee options are as follows:
Option 1 - £55 without dinner
Option 2 - £75 if you wish to join us for dinner
Please register here



School of Law
Bartolome House
Winter Street
S3 7ND
United Kingdom

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