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The SCoPiC Network hosted four annual conferences which attracted speakers, collaborators and delegates from around the world. Each explored a different aspect of SCoPiC research, from theory, methodology and research findings to policy implications.

All four conferences were overwhelmingly successful, bringing together SCoPiC investigators, collaborators, policy makers and interested parties from academia as well as government, criminal justice and youth services agencies. These conferences provided a fertile environment not only to share SCoPiC research with a wider audience, but also to discuss elements of the research with independent experts and interested parties. This has forged a constructive dialogue between SCoPiC researchers and academics from related fields, as well as policy makers and practitioners, which has enhanced and focused SCoPiC research to better meet external interests and needs.

Over four years, SCoPiC conferences welcomed delegates from Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as a host of foreign countries (including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA) representing a wealth of institutions and agencies. Delegates included high ranking academics, government and criminal justice officials, social and health workers, police chiefs and offices, representatives of the Home Office, the Youth Justice Board, international crime prevention councils and the ESRC, educators, auditors and statisticians. This diversity of experience and ideas created a unique and fertile atmosphere for advancing our understanding of the causes, and potential solutions to the problem of, crime.

The Explanation of CrimeNetwork members secured an agreement with Cambridge University Press to publish a series of edited volumes containing contributions from senior SCoPiC researchers, collaborating scholars, and selected experts to accompany these conferences. The first volume, including papers presented at the first conference was published in 2006. It has since received glowing reviews from leading academics as well as practitioners. As many reviewers acknowledge, this volume promises to become a standard text on the role of situational and contextual factors in crime causation.






The First Annual ESRC SCoPiC Conference

The First Annual ESRC SCoPiC Conference, Social Contexts of Pathways in Crime: Development, Context and Mechanisms, was held in Cambridge on June 1-3, 2004. This conference focused on the Network’s theoretical innovations. It was massively oversubscribed and welcomed international delegates from as far a as Australia. The conference opened with welcoming speeches from Professor Ian Diamond, Chief Executive of the ESRC; Professor Michael Tonry, Director of the Cambridge Institute of Criminology; and Professor Per-Olof Wikström, the SCoPiC Network Director. Presentations were given by SCoPiC research site Principal Investigators as well as principal investigators of collaborative studies, and drew together theoretical knowledge from a multitude of disciplines including psychology and psychiatry, criminal law, genetics, geography and, of course, criminology. The conference’s multinational and multidisciplinary composition attracted an array of leading academics, policy makers and practitioners and inspired excellent dialogue on criminological research and the explanation of crime.

The full 2004 conference programme can be viewed here.

A detailed review of the conference can be viewed here.

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The Second Annual ESRC SCoPiC Conference

The Second Annual ESRC SCoPiC Conference, Social Contexts of Pathways in Crime: Methods and Analytical Techniques, was held in Cambridge on June 29-30, 2005. This conference focused on the unique methodologies implements by the SCoPiC studies, how they were designed to collect more detailed and comprehensive data on individuals, environments and individuals’ exposure to different environments, and their potential to fuel analysis which could provide a better understanding of the causal processes involved in crime involvement and the development of patterns of offending.

Like the first SCoPiC conference, the second was extremely successful and welcomed back many returning delegates. The conference was again oversubscribed, despite its more technical focus. Welcoming speeches were given by Professor Wikström; Professor John Spencer, Director of the Cambridge Faculty of Law; and Professor Paul Wiles, Director of the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate. Presentations showcased new methodologies and discussed advanced analytical techniques.

The conference again hosted an extremely diverse and international crowd. Both the president of the American Society of Criminology and the President of the European Society of Criminology played an active role in the proceedings, as panel chairs and discussants.

The full 2005 conference programme can be viewed here.

A detailed review of the conference can be viewed here.

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The Third Annual ESRC SCoPiC Conference

The Third Annual ESRC SCoPiC Conference, Assessing the Role of Individual Differences and the Environment in Crime Causation, was held in Cambridge on December 6-8, 2006. This conference focused on research findings from SCoPiC sites and collaborative studies. Findings were presented from all three SCoPiC research sites, alongside findings from the Tübingen Criminal Behaviour Development Study (TCBDS), the Zurich Project on the Social Development (Z-Proso), the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighbourhoods (PHDCN), the Pittsburgh Youth Study and the Montreal Two-Samples Longitudinal Study, among others. The conference was again overbooked, with many delegates returning for the third time.

The full 2006 conference programme can be viewed here.

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The Fourth Annual ESRC SCoPiC Conference

The Fourth (and final) Annual ESRC SCoPiC Conference, Preventing Crime: Changing Individuals and Environments, was held in Cambridge on December 10-11, 2007. Organized in conjunction with the Home Office, this conference focused on the policy and prevention implications of findings from SCoPiC as well as collaborative research. The Huddersfield site played an essential role in this conference. Presentations discussed the evidence base for early intervention, situational crime prevention, offender rehabilitation programmes, and residential interventions like the Moving-to-Opportunity study. Researchers from SPooCS discussed their evidence on pathways out of crime, and a discussion panel was organized with representatives from the Youth Justice Board, the Home Office, the National Offenders Management Service (NOMS) and the Constabulary. This conference underscored the importance of the research undertaken by SCoPiC and its collaborative research sites, and provided a springboard for the future translation of research findings into effective policy and practice.

The full 2007 conference programme can be viewed here.

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