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Institute of Criminology


Please find below recordings of event organised and hosted by the Institute, which includes: webinars, seminars, conferences and annual lectures.


Public Guest Seminars, Michaelmas 2022


2202.11.10 Humanising Criminal Law? Beccaria and the Challenges of Law Reform


2022.11.02 Prevention Not Cure : A Focussed Deterrence Approach


2022.10.19 Can "Nudges" Prevent Cime and Improve Justice? 


2022.10.17 Is Radicalisation a Family Issue?


2022.10.05 The Plight of the Wrongly Convicted: Barriers to Exoneration and Limitations of Models


2022 (14th) Cambridge Evidence Based Policing Conference

Conference Programme

Recordings of all the talks are available below:




 The New Zealand Evidence-Based Policing Centre

  • Chair: Bruce O’Brien MSt (Cantab), Assistant Commissioner, NZ Police
  • Presenters: Simon Williams MSt (Cantab), Director, NZ EBP Centre & Bruce O’Brien MSt (Cantab), Assistant Commissioner (New Zealand Police)
  • Discussant: Chief Constable Andy Marsh QPM 

Evidence-based Policing in Victoria

  • Chair: Commander Alex Murray (Metropolitan Police and SEBP (UK)
  • Presenter: David Cowan (President, Australia-New Zealand SEBP)                                           

Presentation of the Sir Robert Peel Medal to Professor David Weisburd


Procedural Justice and Hot Spots Policing: The 2022 Peel Medal Address

  • Chair: Professor Lawrence Sherman
  • Peel Medalist: Professor David Weisburd

Precision Policing Against Violence: Discussion of the Peel Lecture

  • Chair:  Dr Peter Neyroud CBE QPM
  • Chief Constable Andy Marsh QPM (College of Policing), Alex Murray (Metropolitan Police) and Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu QPM (College of Policing)

New Findings on the Birmingham Turning Point Experiment

  • Chair: Professor Peter Neyroud
  • Presenters: Dr Neyroud, Professor Lawrence Sherma, Detective Superintendent Katie Harber (Metropolitan Police), Chief Superintendent Tom Joyce (West Midlands Police) and Chief Constable (ret) Chris Sims DL (West Midlands Police)

Hot Spots Policing in the UK: Just Right?

  • Chair: Simon Rose MSt (Cantab) (Cambridge Centre for EBP)
  • Presenters: Dr Geoffrey Barnes (Metropolitan Police), Dr Matt Bland (University of Cambridge) and Professor Barak Ariel (University of Cambridge)
  • Discussant: Professor Lawrence Sherman

 The Australia & New Zealand Police Advisory Agency and Hot Spots Policing in Queensland

  • Dr Tracey Green (CEO, ANZPAA)
  • Chair: Dr Sarah Bennett (University of Queensland)
  • Presenters: Dr Justin Ready (Griffith University) and Emma Thomson (Queensland Police)



Greening and Cooling Hot Spots of Violence: Experiments in Community Partnerships

  • Chair: Professor Lawrence Sherman 
  • Presenter: Professor John M. MacDonald (University of Pennsylvania)      

Transforming Police Responses to Sexual Violence

  • Chair: Dr Sarah Bennett (University of Queensland)
  • Presenter: DSS Kirsten Helton (Queensland Police) 

Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG): The National Police Chiefs’ Strategy

  • Chair: Superintendent Samantha Millar, National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC)
  • Presenters: Superintendent Lynne Knox, NPCC, Superintendent Samantha Millar, NPCC and Katherine Harris, SE Regional Organised Crime Unit

Testing & Tracking Rapid Video Response to Domestic Abuse Victims

  • Chair: Dr Heather Strang (Director, Jerry Lee Centre for Experimental Criminology)
  • Presenters: Graham Hooper (Kent Police), Stacey Rothwell (Kent Police) and Kent McFadzien (Cambridge Centre for Evidence-Based Policing)
  • Discussant: Dr Heather Strang       

Predicting Police Misconduct: A Case Control Analysis

  • Chair: Dr Matthew Bland (University of Cambridge)
  • Presenters: Paul Tomlinson (Sussex Police) and Dr Sara Valdebenito (Cambridge Centre for Evidence-Based Policing)
  • Discussants: Sir Denis O’Connor and Dr Geoffrey Barnes

The Swedish Crime Harm Index: A Tool for Precision

  • Chair: Professor Lawrence Sherman
  • Presenter: May-Britt Rinaldo Ronnebro (Linnaeus University)   

UK’s College of Policing and Evidence-Based Policing

  • Chair: Crispian Strachan CBE QPM
  • Presenter: Rachel Tuffin (College of Policing)

Developing Police Capacity for Research

  • Chair: Dr Paul W. Clarke (Metropolitan Police)
  • Presenters: Dr Elizabeth Ward (Metropolitan Police), Roger Pegram (Greater Manchester Police and SEBP) and Cyril Amberg (Swiss Police Institute)

Preventing Cyber-Crime Victimization: A Randomized Trial in Schools (The 2020 Sir Richard Mayne Lecture)

  • Presenter: Tony Alderman (Australian Federal Police)

The Salisbury Poisonings: Policing a ‘’Black Swan’’ Crisis (The 2022 Sir Richard Mayne Award Lecture)

  • Presenter: David Minty

24th Annual Bill McWilliams Memorial Lecture



Annual Nigel Walker Seminar


This year's Nigel Walker Seminar was presented by Professor John Braithwaite (School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), Australian National University).

Macrocriminology and Freedom argues that when freedom is interpreted as freedom from domination, it becomes a powerful explanation of crime at the macro level. This republican, social democratic theory refines some of criminology’s central theories and sharpens their relevance to all varieties of freedom. The work can be reduced to one sentence: Strengthen freedom to prevent crime, prevent crime to strengthen freedom. With some reference to Manuel Eisner’s work, this lecture goes beyond the book to consider how and why crime varies across time, why Europe and Asia are the low crime continents today, why South America and Africa are high crime continents (and how they might liberate themselves from that circumstance).  The book is available for free download at:


Anthony Bottoms Festschrift - Book Launch

To celebrate the recent publication of: Liebling, A., Shapland, J. Sparks, R. & Tankebe, J. (Eds.) (2022) Crime Justice and Social Order.  Essays in Honour of A. E. Bottoms.  Clarendon Studies in Criminology.  Oxford University Press; the Institute hosted this book launch which was attended by Anthony Bottoms, editors and contributors, and members of the Institute.

Public Guest Seminar:

Dr Susan Hatters Friedman 'Child Murder by Mothers: Clinical and Legal Considerations'