The 'life-cycle' of riots

Posted by pt91 at Sep 26, 2016 12:33 PM |
Annual Scarman Lectures mark 30 years with talk from prestigious criminologist Professor Tim Newburn

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 26 September 2016

  • Leading academic Professor Tim Newburn of the London School of Economics will deliver the University of Leicester's annual lecture on the 'life-cycle' of riots
  • The event, organised by the University's Department of Criminology takes place on Wednesday 28 September, at the Henry Wellcome Lecture Theatre, at the University's main campus
  • Each year the Scarman Lectures invite a number of high profile guest speakers to deliver papers on current issues in criminology, criminal justice, policing and community safety

Esteemed criminologist Professor Tim Newburn will visit the University of Leicester to deliver this year's Scarman Lecture series.

As the University's Department of Criminology marks its 30th anniversary, Professor Newburn will give a talk entitled England 2011 Five Years On: Understanding the ‘life-cycle’ of riots.

His lecture will focus on what has been learned from some of the most devastating displays of public disorder in the UK, such as the much publicised outbreaks in London, Birmingham, Merseyside and other locations around the country.

Professor Newburn will talk about what he refers to as the ‘life-cycle’ of riots, arguing that we should move beyond our traditional preoccupation with how riots come to happen.

The lecture will take place on Wednesday 28 September at 5.30pm in the Henry Wellcome Lecture Theatre on the University's main campus.

Welcoming Professor Newburn, Professor Neil Chakraborti, Head of Department, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be launching this year’s Scarman Lecture Series with a guest talk from Professor Newburn.

“He is one of the most respected and influential criminologists of our time, and his work continues to inspire students, scholars, policy-makers and practitioners across the world.

“Professor Newburn’s talk will be thought-provoking and highly topical, and we look forward to welcoming him to the University of Leicester.”

Each year the Scarman Lectures invite a number of high profile guest speakers to deliver papers on current issues in criminology, criminal justice, policing and community safety.

Past speakers have included former Director of Liberty, Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, Frances Crook, and Chair of the Parole Board, and formerly Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons, Nick Hardwick.

Teela Sanders, Director of Research and Professor of Criminology at Leicester, said: “On the eve of the Department of Criminology’s 30th Anniversary, we are honoured to receive Professor Newburn as part of the Scarman Lecture series.

“The Scarman lecture series has been a specific calendar of events here at Leicester which have showcased serious, innovative and scholarly work for the past decade gaining considerable attention from external audiences as well as introducing students and researchers to contemporary research.

“Professor Newburn’s eminent work is an important reflection on the role of criminology in the public imagination as our discipline can be the centrifuge through which popular crime-related moments can be analysed, interpreted and made sense of.

“We are delighted that Professor Newburn is able to use this lecture to reflect on a significant issue in contemporary urban politics and the criminological landscape regarding the London riots of 2011, where distance from the event, along with intense excavation of why and how this event took place can be brought to a broader audience.

“This lecture is testament to the work of the Department where essential research questions are at the heart of our activities, producing world-class scholarship, impact and enterprise.”

For more information about the lectures, or to book a place, visit: and search 'Scarman Lectures'.

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