The Critical Research Seminar Series

Critical Research Seminars: Providing a forum for debate, discussion and policy interventions

The Critical Research Seminar Series was established in 2011. The seminars are free events and are designed to provide a platform for academics, activists, students, practitioners, policy makers and members of the public to engage in critical debate and discussion around a range of issues concerning social justice and human rights. The first seminar took place in October 2011 and was delivered by Robert King, one of the Angola 3, who, after a wrongful conviction, spent 29 years in solitary confinement in the US prison system before he was released. Since 2011, a range of speakers, have contributed to the seminar series.

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Harriet Wistrich Human Rights Lawyer

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The 2016-17 seminar series included talks from:

  • Steve Tombs, Sheila Coleman, Dave Whyte and Pilgrim Tucker speaking on Hillsborough and Grenfell: Struggles for 'Truth, Justice and Accountability'

  • Sheila Coleman from the Hillsborough Justice Campaign on the search for truth, justice and accountability after Hillsborough

  • Joanne Gilmore, Will Jackson and Helen Monk on community perspectives on the policing of anti-fracking demonstrators in the North West

  • Robert King and Albert Woodfox from the Angola 3 on racism and America’s ‘Criminal Injustice System’

  • Carol Smart on sexism and misogyny in Criminology and in the criminal justice system

  • Thomas Tonatiuth Lopez (in collaboration with Writing on the Wall, the University of Liverpool and Liverpool Hope University) on the Standing Rock Dakota Pipeline protest and the degradation of Native American burial sites

Past Critical Research Seminars

Faq Items

2011 - Launch of the Critical Research Seminar


Speaker and seminar title

3rd February

Danny Dorling: Injustice, inequality, harm, crime and criminality

2011 - 2012 Seminar Series


Speaker and seminar title

12th October

Robert King: The Story of a Black Panther

26th October

Vicky Canning and Roy Coleman: ‘Look out for yourself’: Synopticism, Panopticism and Sexual Violence

16th November

Vickie Cooper: Gendered Ideologies of the Home in Semi-Penal Institutions within the Community

1st December 2011

Joe Sim: The Fish Rots from the Capitalist Head: Riots in the Wasteland of the Free

14th December

Sandra Walklate: Who is the Victim of Crime?: Blame, Innocence and Responsibility

11th January

Paddy Hillyard: Baneful bankers and dodgy doctors: Social Harm and Zemiology’s challenge to criminology

25th January

Bijan Pant and Sara Parker: Aging in Nepal: Mapping service provision and the role of NGOs in meeting the needs of the elderly in Nepal

8th February

Steve Higginson: Liverpool After Dark: the retail ‘gaze’, sexsumerism and misogyny in the party city

22nd February

Helen Rogers: Liberated Prisoners: Responses to Christian Rehabilitation in Early Nineteenth-century England

7th March

Dave Jacques, Steve Tombs and Dave Whyte: Toxic Capital: Death and Degradation in the De-industrialised City

21st March

Hazel Croall: Food Crime: Local and Global Dimensions

2012 - 2013 Seminar Series


Speaker and seminar title

10th October

Sheila Coleman: The Hillsborough Justice Campaign

14th November

Zoe Alker: ‘Go on. Work him like a man!’ Masculinity and Street Violence in Mid-Victorian Liverpool

28th November

Samantha Fletcher and Tanya Paton: Challenges for the Occupy movement

12th December

Rhianne Jones: Invisible Nodes in the Network: Social Media, Commercial Activity and Digital Capital

30th January

Ceri Anwen Jones, Yvonne McNamara and Tracy Ramsey: The Will to Empower? Highs and lows of Liverpool young researcher’s network

13th February

Matt Jones:  A Police Diversity Stone Left Unturned?: an empirical exploration into the occupational experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual police officers across England & Wales


27th February

Helen Monk: The Rise of 'Raunch Culture': Young Women, Sexual Coercion and Social Control

13th March

Jo Phoenix: Out of place: The policing and criminalisation of sexually exploited girls and young women

2013 - 2014 Seminar Series


Speaker and seminar title

14th October

Adam Ford, Joe Halewood, Lynn Hancock and Gerry Mooney:  Bedroom Tax, Benefit Caps and the State 

6th November

Patrick Williams: Becoming the ‘Other’: Challenging the Race and Gang Nexus 

4th December

Kirsteen Paton: State Sponsored Gentrification 

15th January

Val Walsh: Men and Masculinity in an Outsourced World 

12th February

Andrea Beckmann: Fifty Shades and Beyond: Researching Intimate 'Bodily Practices' 

12th March

Liz Kelly: Changing the Discourses on Sexual Consent: Lessons from Research with Young People

2014 International Conference


Title of International Conference


International Annual Conference for the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control “Resisting the demonisation of ‘the Other’: State, nationalism and social control in a time of crisis”




25th February

Hazel Kemshall: Risk in an Age of Austerity: What Next for Offender Risk Assessment and Management?

2015 - 2016 Seminar Series


Speaker and title of seminar

21st January

Sheila Coleman: The Hillsborough Justice Campaign

25th February

Joanna Gilmore, Will Jackson and Helen Monk: ‘Keep moving!’: A report on the Policing of the Barton Moss Community Protection Camp


16th March

Professor Carol Smart, Professor Richard Collier and Professor Frances Heidensohn: Celebrating 40 years of Women, Crime and Criminology

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