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Politics and Crime Control in the 21st Century: Controversies and Challenges


Politics and Crime Control in the 21st Century: Controversies and Challenges

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‘Politics and Crime Control in the 21st Century: Controversies and Challenges’ has been chosen as the theme of a one-day symposium to highlight the social problems in the definition and policing of crime, the culturally mediated understandings of crime, and the consequences which these understandings have on policy, detainees and those reintegrating into society.

Keynote Speakers: Professor Eileen Baldry & Professor Scott Poynting

Eileen Baldry (BA, DipEd, MWP, PhD) is the Deputy Vice Chancellor Inclusion and Diversity and Professor of Criminology. Eileen’s research and publications focus on social justice and include mental health and cognitive disability in the criminal justice system; criminalised women and Indigenous Australian women and youth; education, training and employment for prisoners and ex-prisoners; homelessness and transition from prison; Indigenous justice; Indigenous social work; community development and social housing; and disability services. She has been and is Lead / Chief investigator on 16 Australian Research Council (ARC), NH&MRC, AHURI and other category 1 grants and 22 category 2-4 grants over the past 20 years. She has been and is involved in a voluntary capacity with a number of development and justice community agencies including having been President of NCOSS, being a Director on the Board of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) and Deputy Chair NSW Disability Council. She was awarded the 2009 NSW Justice Medal and was recently named as one of Australia’s 100 influential women.

Scott Poynting is Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at Western Sydney University and in the School of Justice at Queensland University of Technology. He is co-author (with Paul Tabar and Greg Noble) of On Being Lebanese in Australia (2010) and two earlier books dealing with racialisation of crime in Australia. He is co-editor (with Monish Bhatia and Waqas Tufail) of an edited volume currently in press with Palgrave: Crime, Media, Racism. With David Whyte, he is co-editing a late 2017 special issue, on Corruption Downunder, of the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy.

Symposium Presenters:

Keynote address 1: Pathways to hyperincarceration: criminalisation, management and control, Professor Eileen Baldry

Keynote Address 2: Where there’s Smoke there’s Eddie, Professor Scott Poynting

Paper 1: Wicked problems or Fair Process? Market influences on restorative practices with young people, Ben Lohmeyer

Paper 2: A commentary on risk classification tools for young offenders, Harriet Westcott, Jessica Anderson, Garner Clancey, Roman Marchant

Paper 3: The efficacy of New South Wales grooming laws, Malory Plummer

Paper 4: The Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad: Policing the Risk of ‘Middle Eastern Crime’ and ‘Middle Eastern Criminals’ in New South Wales, Megan McElhone

Paper 5: ‘Secondary Prisonization’ in Australia’s Onshore Immigration Detention Network, Michelle Peterie

Date and location: 22nd September 2017, UoN Sydney campus (Elizabeth St, Sydney)

Registration: free of charge via

More information: Joel McGregor

Convened by Joel McGregor, TASA Crime and Governance Thematic Group and Dr. Xanthé Mallett, Discipline Leader of Criminology at University of Newcastle.

Supported by: The Australian Sociological Association and School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle.