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Major funding announced for N8 Policing Research Partnership

The Security and Justice research hub are delighted to announce the N8 Policing Research Partnership’s major success in securing £3 million funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Catalyst Fund for a five year programme of research co-production and knowledge exchange with policing partners across the north of England. This is supplemented by a further £4.1 million from policing partners and N8 universities.

Further details about this major success can be found by following this link. http://www.n8prp.org.uk/news–events/news/major-funding-announced-for-n8-policing-research-partnership

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Dr Andreas Armborst discusses the Jihadi movement

On Wednesday 21 January the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies and the Security and Justice Research Group jointly sponsored a seminar on ‘Radicalisation and Political Violence’.

To aid the discussion, and to mark the beginning of his two-year Marie Curie Fellowship in the School of Law, Dr Andreas Armborst provided a brief presentation entitled ‘Studying ideology and strategies of the jihadi movement’. Reflecting the inter-disciplinary dialogue within the Group, this opening presentation was then discussed by Dr Lars Berger, Associate Professor in International Security in the School of Politics and International Relations.

Dr Armborst said that “Jihadism is the most dominant ideology in regard to the current global proliferation of terrorism and non-state political violence. My research helps to shed light on how the Jihadi movement discuss their strategic approach to the use of violence. The event was very positive because it allowed academics and practitioners to discuss the political and scientific conclusions that can be drawn from my research. The seminar was an excellent start to the project that will be carried out during my fellowship in the School of Law, which will study the long-term developments in Jihadi ideology.”

Dr Clifford Stott, Principal Research Fellow to the Security and Justice Research Group, said “The seminar provided a powerful insight into the ideas that drive the kind of conflict recently witnessed in France. The well attended event reflected the Security and Justice Research Group’s growing expertise in this area and our commitment to developing a fuller understanding of the causes of non-state political violence both inside and outside the UK.”

 

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Studying ideology and strategies of the jihadi movement

As recent events so powerfully illustrate the prevention of violent extremism is a critical challenge for societies across the globe. Indeed, the risk posed by ‘radicalization’ arguably poses one of the most serious and inter-connected contemporary security challenges at local, regional, national and international levels.

Correspondingly, Governmental and policing responses to these challenges also raise fundamental questions concerning their effectiveness and impact upon the rights and freedoms that characterise democratic political systems. The prevention of radicalization and political extremism is therefore a critical challenge that requires suitable analysis and theory to guide effective policy and policing responses. To enable discussion of these critically important and salient issues the Security and Justice Research Group is hosting a seminar on ‘Radicalisation and Political Violence’.

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Conference will consider cities of the future

Leeds Social Sciences Institute (LSSI) is inviting people to attend a one day conference that will consider the opportunities and challenges facing cities of the future.

Future Cities will include keynote speeches from Tom Riordan, Chief Executive of Leeds City Council, about ‘The Challenges and Opportunities for the City of Leeds’; John Urry, Lancaster University, about ‘Living in the City of the Future’; and Sir Alan Wilson, University College London and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Leeds, about ‘Science and the Future of Cities’.

The event will be held in the Great Hall on Wednesday, 4 February 2015 between 10am-3.30pm.

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One Nation? Class, Utopia, and Labour’s Curious Quest for Renewal

A Bauman Institute Workshop

Date: Tuesday 18 November, 4:00 – 5.30pm
Location: Room 12.21/12.25, Social Sciences Building
Guest Speaker: Hugo Radice
Panel: Tracy Shildrick, Mark Davis

All Welcome

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Seminar: The Invisible Issue of Organ Laundering

The School of Sociology and Social Policy are launching a 2014/2015 Seminar Series on Wednesday, 12 November 2014.

The first speakers will be Dr Ana Manzano & Dr Mark Monaghan

Title: The Invisible Issue of Organ Laundering
Time: 4pm-5pm, 2014
Location: Social Sciences Building, Rooms 12.21/12.25 – Level 12

Abstract: Although suggesting measures to deter organ trafficking, global institutions reiterate the lack of official statistics about this illegal trade as a stumbling block for effective action. Statistical concealment is a well-defined aspect of much criminality and organ trafficking is no different. Factors relating to relating to various forms of transnational criminality, alongside those specific to the trade in illicit organs, perpetually obscure the true extent of the problem. These factors include: (a) issues of globalization, jurisdiction, and law enforcement; (b) the power of health care professionals; (c) the reimbursement of transplantation costs abroad by insurers; (d) ambivalence of the victim status of the sellers; and (e) the buyers as vulnerable offenders. In this paper, we explore the reasons why organ trafficking remains un(der)reported. We argue that the complex factors discussed increase the invisibility of the illicit organ trade by facilitating the ‘laundering’ of trafficked organs into the health care systems of the purchaser’s country. Not only do these hinder accurate estimations of the problem, but they also disrupt coordinated efforts to police and deter the problem.

All welcome. MA and PhD students warmly welcome.

Further details and announcements available online at: http://www.sociology.leeds.ac.uk/events/2014/the-invisible-issue-of-organ-laundering

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Security and Justice Research Group vacancies.

The Faculty of Education, Social Sciences & Law is currently recruiting for the following two vacancies. For further information and details on how to apply click on the links below each vacancy.

1. University Academic Fellow in Crime and Policing Data Analytics Faculty of Education, Social Sciences & Law School of Law University of Leeds

Grade: Grade 8
Salary: £38,511 to £45,954
Closing Date: Sunday 16 November 2014
Reference: ESLLW1003

Link: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/enhanced/job/ajs243.phtml
2. Research Assistant in Policing and Criminal Justice

Faculty of Education, Social Sciences & Law School of Law University of Leeds

Grade: Grade 6
Salary: £25,513 to £30,434 per annum pro rata Contract Type:
Fixed-term Part time, 60% of full time equivalent, 10 months fixed term until 31 October 2015 Closing Date: Friday 31 October 2014
Reference: ESLLW1004

Link: https://jobs.leeds.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?id=611&forced=1

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Why UK should follow Nordics’ lead on universal childcare.

Dr Jana Javornik appears on The Conversation website with an article entitled Why UK should follow Nordics’ lead on universal childcare.

To read the full article click on this link.

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Seminar: Crime, Security and Technology: Safe-Breaking and Safe-Making in Britain before 1914

Date:      Monday 20th October
Time:      5pm
Venue:   G28. The Liberty Building.

David Churchill has recently joined the University of Leeds and the Security and Justice Research Group. To mark his arrival David is giving a seminar jointly sponsored by the Security and Justice Research Group and the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies. The abstract and title are below and we do hope that you are able to join us for what promises to be a fascinating talk.  Continue reading

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Dr Jana Javornik appears on The Conversation website

Shared parental leave is a nice idea – but will it actually work? Dr Jana Javornik discusses this issue in her article published on The Conversation website. Continue reading

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