Prison population rates often are interpreted as an indicator of a more or less punitive crime policy. Although it is clear that assessing punitiveness is more complicated than just comparing prison population rates and possibly considering the flow of entries and length of stay in prisons, Europe in the early 2000s was rather clearly divided in the “good” and the “bad” countries on this basis.
Prisons, policing, life-course criminology, economic crime and state crime are major issues at the macro-, meso- and micro-levels of criminological research. They are also of significant interest for practitioners and in criminal policy. Under the umbrella of ‘Crime and Crime Control’, a link that is at the core of modern criminological research, these topics form the plenary programme of the upcoming conference in Münster.
During the European Society of Criminology Annual Conference in Porto in September 2015, Dr Nicholas Lord (Senior Lecturer in Criminology, School of Law, University of Manchester, UK) took over as Chair of the European Working Group on Organisational Crime (EUROC).
The European Criminology Group on Atrocity Crimes and Transitional Justice (ECACTJ) provides a network for European criminologists who are engaged in research on atrocity crimes and transitional justice, whether in or on Europe, or globally.
Last year’s ‘Publish or Perish’ panel at Eurocrim in Porto proved to be another success for EPER, in terms of both attendance and of offering interactive, insightful presentations which resonate with the prevalent needs of young researchers.
The ESC Working Group on Community Sanctions and Measures was formed in 2007 by a small group of scholars to encourage networking, foster discussion, stimulate empirical research, enable theoretical development and encourage critical and comparative work on community sanctions and measures in European jurisdictions.
The Gender and Crime Working Group has been growing over time. Last year at the conference we once again engaged in an information exchange exercise, outlining key developments in each of our countries, but also highlighting concerns.
The working group has organised three events in the year 2015/16, to further its aim of enabling discussion and encouraging research on European drug policy. The first two of these events took place in Porto, around the 2015 conference of the ESC.
The contribution I would be honoured to make to the ESC rests upon my life-course persistent engagement with Criminology, from being subjected to a self-report delinquency study in the 1960s to my recent retirement from academia, where I held Chairs in Criminology at Keele University and the University of Salford, Manchester.
Many of you have known Professor Gorazd Meško as a fully devoted member of the European Society of Criminology since its foundation, as well as an active regular participant in its conferences since Lausanne, 2001. He also served ESC as a member of its Executive Board in 2005-2006 and co-organised its 2009 conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia.