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RA6a: Additional observations, Evidence of esteem

International recognition: Overseas partners include the following universities: Hong Kong; Gong An, Beijing; John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY; Monash, Melbourne; Simon Fraser, Vancouver; Russian Law Institutes in Moscow and Omsk. Owusu-Bempah is visiting Professor at Babes-Bolyai University, Rumania. In the last five years staff have collaborated with colleagues in 49 different countries – the following gives some flavour of this work. Staff have been involved in key international research groups, including two funded by the European Union: Racism, Xenophobia and Sport in Europe (Garland, Rowe and Benyon; partners in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary); Border Controls and Migration (King and Benyon; France, Germany, Greece, Italy). Staff running the Centre’s Library have been active in the World Criminal Justice Library Network, with strong links in Germany, Hungary, Sweden, USA. Since 1996 staff have presented 89 papers to international conferences organised by a variety of bodies such as the American Society for Criminology (1998 Wilkinson; 1999 Barberet), American Society for Industrial Security (Gill and Hart, 1999 and 2000), Council of Europe (Garland and Rowe, 1999), South African Institute of International Affairs (Beck, 2000) and the UN (Willis, 1999). Our work has been translated into eight languages: Chinese, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Sinhala, and Spanish. Staff also serve on international advisory boards, such as those for the Security Journal, Transnational Organised Crime, the Centre International de Sciences Criminelles (Paris) and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Comparative Research (Vienna).

The work of colleagues has been cited in international media, such as the Economist, European Voice, Newsweek and Washington Post. Members of the department are active in international societies such as the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences; American Society for Industrial Security; European Consortium for Political Research; International Political Science Association. Since 1996, over 50 overseas researchers have visited the Centre to pursue their studies, including scholars such as Marcus Felson (Rutgers), Zhu Qilu (Gong An Beijing), and Eli Silverman (CUNY). We also regularly welcome practitioners and policy makers from overseas, often directed to us by the British Council, DfID or FCO, who come from countries as diverse as Argentina, Korea, Nigeria, and Thailand. Space only permits a few examples – three-week intensive programmes for senior civil servants with responsibility for public safety in South Africa, a course for visitors from the Australian Emergency Management Institute, a programme for top-level Russian police officers.

Policy advice: We provide policy advice to international and national bodies, including the UN, House of Commons, International Olympic Committee (IOC), various UK government ministries, Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), as well local and regional government. Overseas, Beck and his team have advised the DfID and FCO, and ministries in Russia and Ukraine, on various matters including burglary reduction, corruption and community policing, while King has advised the European Union on police reform and drug trafficking in Hungary, Lithuania, and Czech Republic. Benyon, Garland, Hart, King, Livingstone and Willis have all been called on to advise ministries and police organisations on dimensions of police training and best practice in countries such as Canada, China, India, Taiwan and South Africa. Silke advised the UN Counter-Terrorism group and Bennett was commissioned by Oxfam to advise their ‘Abinuku’ project on risk assessment. Staff have also advised on minority rights and civil liberties and in 1999 Benyon and Rowe participated in an international symposium in Paris on best practice in developing and sustaining multi-cultural communities in the EU. In 1998 our staff played a major role in the British Law Week in Beijing that coincided in with the Prime Minister’s visit and the Scarman Centre was singled out for special praise by Baroness Helena Kennedy, Chair of the British Council. Benyon was asked to join the Royal Institute of International Affairs Standing Group of Experts on International Crime and Horrocks convenes the Co-operation in Science and Technology Group for the European Commission. Willis served as a British Council Adviser. Vassie, who is collaborating with colleagues in the Netherlands and Spain, has been called upon to advise the EU on health and safety issues while Fuller is a policy adviser on risk management of injuries in professional sport for both Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the IOC. In 1999 Benyon was asked to present evidence on gun-control policy to the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, and to answer oral questions, while Bennett gave evidence to the Commons’ Transport Committee. Benyon took part in discussions at the DETR on research priorities and was invited to serve on the Civil Liberties Trust advisory committee on law, disorder and human rights. King has advised ACPO on why public disorder occurs and Westmarland has advised chief police officers on the development of a code of police ethics. Advice has been provided to many other bodies such as the Police Staff College, Prison Service, British Retail Consortium, NACRO, and Local Government Association as well as local groups, such as the Highfields Forum (Leicester) and Broxtowe Forum (Nottingham).

Editorships: Gill is co-editor of Risk Management: an International Journal, and co-editor of Security Journal, of which Beck is assistant editor; staff have been guest editors of journals such as the International Journal of Risk, Security and Crime Prevention (on disasters, and on organised crime), Soccer and Society, Security Journal (Barberet on Women and Security), and Innovation: the European Journal of Social Sciences (King on migration and refugees). Page is Review Editor of the Journal of Social Policy and is on the editorial board of Benefits. Benyon, Garland and Rowe are editors of Politics Review and Benyon edits the Contemporary Political Studies series for Paladin.

Organisation of conferences: Since 1996 the Centre has hosted 17 conferences, with over 1900 participants, drawn from the UK, Europe and beyond on a variety of research-related issues including violence at work, racism, zero tolerance policing, and safety in schools. Particularly significant events included the 2000 British Society of Criminology Conference, attended by academics from the UK and overseas and leading policy-makers, a colloquium in 1999 on the control of firearms, which attracted great attention and had a significant impact on policy, and three conferences on the Crime and Disorder Act in 1998 that brought together key policy-makers, practitioners and academics. In addition, six meetings of the ESRC research seminar series on Transnational Organised Crime have been held.

Learned societies and specialist associations: Staff belong to 20 different bodies. Page is Chair of the Social Policy Committee for the Joint University Council. Benyon has been Treasurer of the Political Studies Association (PSA) since 1992 and Garland and Westmarland convene the PSA specialist group on Policing, Justice and Democracy. Owusu-Bempah is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Skinner convenes the British Sociological Association (BSA), Violence Against Women study group, Barberet and Wilkinson are active in the American Society of Criminology, Barberet serves on the Scientific Commission of the International Society of Criminology, and Gill and Westmarland are active in the British Society of Criminology (BSC). Staff are also involved in a wide range of other groups, including the UK Emergency Planning Association, Howard League, Institute of Occupational Health and Safety, International Institute of Security Management, and American Society for Industrial Security.

Impact of the research output: Examples of impact on policy include influencing the government’s policy on drug-use in prisons through the work of Wilkinson et al. which was cited in the 1998 Green Paper, and the effects on security policy and practice of major retail companies of the research by Beck, Gill, Livingstone and Willis into violence against staff, staff and customer theft, and electronic security. Work by Gill, Hart and Livingstone has influenced the national agenda on the need for regulation of, and improved training in, private security firms. Deadman was recently commissioned by the Home Office to produce forecasts on property crime trends. The work of staff has been cited in national debates on issues such as offending on bail, control of firearms, women in prison, identity cards, juvenile crime, and civil liberties and policing. The work by Barberet and Skinner on domestic violence has been used by various bodies, including police forces and local action groups, while Bennett has worked with leading airlines on aircraft safety. Research findings have been cited in print and broadcast media, including Panorama, Newsnight, Crime Squad and Today and the World at One. Gill’s research into armed robbery, published as Commercial Robbery in 2000, continues to influence the practices of banks and building societies and his research with Hart and Willis into crime on service station forecourts is being used by oil companies. The research by staff into racism and sport has been used by the football authorities, PFA and a number of clubs. The work by Benyon, Beck, King and Willis on police and crime in Europe, and refugees and migration, has been used to inform policy by the European Union, Europol and Interpol. Gill’s research into violence in schools, commissioned by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust and the DfEE, was used to inform policy and in publicity material on the subject. At the local level, the extensive research project into African Caribbean people in Leicestershire, conducted by Benyon, Garland, Rowe et al., had a major impact on policy and practice in a variety of fields, including education, employment, housing, health and social services, and it continues to be used by black community groups and local authorities.

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