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Dimensions of Police Research, From Borders to Boroughs: A Showcase of Early Career Research

Calling all PhDs and ECRs researching policing!

Hosted by the Centre for Operational Police Research at the University of Warwick, this one-day event provides a platform for ECR and PhD researchers to share and discuss their work in a friendly and supportive environment. We welcome those working from a variety of perspectives and disciplines, be that theoretical, empirical, criminological, psychological, sociological or others. Sessions will be chaired by academic and policy colleagues, providing feedback and a stimulus for discussion.

Policing research can be challenging from the processes of obtaining ethical approvals and gaining access, to the emotional labour of researching difficult spaces. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion, as well as networking with fellow ECR and PhD researchers.

The event is free of charge and bursaries are available to help cover the cost of travel if needed.

Submit your abstract by Friday 12thApril to present your work, or simply to come along and attend, using this link: You will be informed whether your abstract has been accepted by Friday 19thApril. The programme will be published shortly after.

Applications are welcomed from across the interdisciplinary field of policing and are especially encouraged from postgraduate students affiliated with the ESRC MGS DTP. Potential themes include but are in no way limited to: Intersectionality and Policing; Ethical Challenges in Policing Research; Police Mythologies; Human Rights and Police Detention; Policing of Borders; Policing and Technology; Police Culture; Representations of Policing; Vulnerability and Policing.

Presentation Guidelines:

Presentations should be between 15-20 minutes long in order to ensure time for questions and discussion. Presenters are welcome to use PowerPoint presentations to aid delivery where needs be.

Travel Guidelines:

Lunch and refreshments provided
Grants of up to £50 are available for presenters to subsidise travel

Date: 10th May 2024

10:00am - 5:00pm

Social Sciences Building S0.20, The University of Warwick

Submit your abstract and book attendance here

Key Dates:

Abstract submission opens:
9thth February 2024

Abstract submission closes:
12th April 2024

Notification of acceptance:
19th April 2024

Convenor Summary:

Aura Mackintosh Bamber

MA in Criminal and Medical Law, University of Law (Leeds)
MA Barrister Training Course BPP (Manchester)
MA Social Science Research (SocioLegal Studies) University of Warwick


Are detainees in Scotland getting a fair trial? An interdisciplinary and empirical evaluation of the treatment of suspects in police custody in Scotland

Convenor Summary:

Harriet Holden

BSc in Sociology: Université de Limoges, France
MSc in Applied Criminology & Forensic Psychology: Edinburgh Napier University
MSc Social Science Research (Social Policy) Loughborough University


Examining the role of sport and physical activity in supporting the early desistance transitions of formerly incarcerated people

Thanks to our funders the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Centre for Operational Police Research (COPR) at Warwick for making this event possible.

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