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Saturday 21 April 2018

European Society of Criminology Early Stage Researchers Working Group


The initial meeting of the European Postgraduate Researchers Group took place at the European Society of Criminology (ESC) Conference in Tubingen. The ESC, the Centre for Criminological Research, University of Sheffield, and the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, University of Glasgow support the Working Group. The Working Group is primarily aimed at doctoral and post-doctoral researchers in the early stages of their career (up to 7 years research experience). The Group provides the opportunity for members to present their research, and provides information on publishing work, pursuing academic/research careers, applying for research funding and working collaboratively.

It is an interdisciplinary group, with members from various departments from across Europe who are involved in criminological research, including law and sociological studies.



The aim of the Working Group is to provide a forum to discuss, develop and collaborate on new and innovative criminal justice research with other early stage researchers and lead/senior academics on a European level.




  • Promote the dissemination of information on the research projects undertaken and the methodologies employed - by doctoral and post-doctoral researchers across Europe who are in the early stages of their careers.


  • Establish a communication network between members (e-mail distribution list, dedicated webpage, a regular newsletter)


  • Organize sessions at the annual ESC meetings which provide for

    1) the opportunity for early stage and postgraduate researchers to present their work.

    2) benefiting from the experience of Senior Academics through sessions on 'Getting Published' or 'Putting Together Research Proposals'.


  • To consider further methods of providing tips, advice, support and dissemination of current projects for example through the web-site.


  • Gathering support and promoting pan-European collaborations.


History of Working Group

The first meeting took place in Tubingen, Germany at the 6th annual ESC conference.  The second annual meeting of the Early Stage Researchers Working Group took place in Bologna, 2007, and the third took place in September 2008 at the European Society of Criminology conference at the University of Edinburgh, held at Murrayfield Stadium. At the meeting, the Organising Committee for the group was finalised (see Committee Members). The fourth annual Early Stage Researchers Working Group meeting took place in Slovenia in 2009. For this meeting, three fellowships were available for members based in Eastern European jurisdictions to come to the meeting and present papers on their research.  The fifth annual meeting of the working group was in September 2010 in Liege. As usual the meeting took place alongside the annual ESC conference. However, this year the meeting was be held during the conference itself and not on the registration day.  The sixth annual meeting took place in September 2011 in Vilnius, where again we welcomed three fellowship winners to present their research.  The seventh and eighth meetings took place in Budapest, Hungary in 2013 and Prague, Czech Republic in 2014 respectively.

For more information on the meetings, including meeting minutes and action points, please see Meeting and Minutes.

This is an open meeting and all ESC members are welcome to attend. If you would like more information about the meeting or would like to register your interest in attending, please email Dr Sabine Carl (



Members are doctoral and post-doctoral researchers in the early stages of their career (up to 7 years research experience).

Associate Members

Associate members will be Senior Academics who have experience of leading research projects and who would like to offer their support to the Group. Professor Joanna Shapland, Professor Michele Burman, and Jenny Johnstone are currently Associate Members of the Group. 

Joining the Working Group 

All ESC-members who would like to be part of this group, either as Members or Associate Members are invited to join. Please complete the Membership Form or the Associate Membership Form as appropriate and email it to Dr Sabine Carl, E-mail: 

Please feel free to contact any of us with questions or ideas for the group.


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