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


Call for Papers:

‘Politics and Crime Control in the 21st Century: Controversies and Challenges’ has been chosen as the proposed 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. The symposium intends to investigate different aspects of the field of crime control by exploring the complex practices and institutional influences, which shape the contemporary nature of crime.

The symposium encourages abstract submission from all areas of the diverse landscape of crime control including policing, sentencing and punishment, penal politics and philosophy, victim treatment, crime prevention, reintegration and private security.

Debates at the symposium might include, but are not limited to:

  • The contested understandings of crime from academics, politicians, practitioners and the general public;
  • The consequences that these contested understandings have on policy, sentencing, prison life and reintegration programs;
  • The understandings, best practices and challenges facing of restorative justice, youth diversion programs and other rehabilitation / reintegration programs;
  • The perceived risks, insecurities and controls that play a critical role in the responses to crime, including the evolving areas of private security and consulting.

Invited Speaker: Professor Eileen Baldry

Eileen Baldry (BA, DipEd, MWP, PhD) is Professor of Criminology, Academic Chair, UNSW Equity Diversity and Inclusion Board and a Management Board member at UNSW. She has served as Associate Dean Education (ADE), Deputy Dean; and Interim Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. She has taught social policy, social development and criminology over the past 30 years.

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.

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

Abstracts due: Extended to August 4 2017. Please send abstracts (with your name, university affiliation and title of paper) of 150-200 words to

Travel Bursaries Award: $150 to postgraduates or casual and unwaged staff; please indicate if you wish to apply for a travel bursary via email to

The Crime and Governance thematic group has secured funding, through TASA, to award 8 postgraduates or casual and unwaged staff (who must be TASA members and living outside of Sydney) a travel bursary to attend the symposium. This award is designed to support postgraduates or casual and unwaged staff to build collaborative networks with senior academics and provide a platform to network with others within their field. The recipients of the travel bursaries will be eligible for reimbursements to the value of $150 for travel expenses related to attending the symposium. The expenses which will be approved for reimbursement are airfare to and from Sydney, travel to and from the event/airport (bus, train, and taxi) and 1 night of accommodation on the night before, or of the event (ATO rates). You do not have to be presenting a paper to receive an award however those who are presenting a paper or have submitted an abstract will be given priority.

Presenters notified: August 11

Registration: Please note that registration will become available once the program has been confirmed. Numbers will be limited but registration will be free of charge.

More information: Joel McGregor .

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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.

For further event details, please click here.