19th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology

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With the expansion of city populations (it is estimated that in 50 years nearly 70% of the world population will live in cities) and the expansion of urban social life and public policy across many European cities, it is paramount to reflect on urban security/safety challenges that await European criminology, in terms of crime control, opportunities, terrorism and violent extremism, migration, criminogenic exposure and diverse forms of societal reaction to crime.

Are 21st century developments in urban structure merely a threat or are there new challenges and opportunities that await criminology as an interdisciplinary enterprise? What is the role of technology in creating smart safe cities in a glocalized world? What is the price (in terms of loss of privacy and other freedoms) for enhanced (urban) security/safety? How should the European (in particular EU and Schengen) criminal policy be shaped, and based on which data and choices, to address security and migratory challenges? These are just a few topics that will become of major importance in criminology, criminal policy and crime control in the 21st century.

The 19th conference of the ESC is an ideal moment to collectively reflect about what unifies and divides criminologists in the 21st century: roads, whether convergent or divergent, provide strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

The conference will take place in Ghent, Belgium from September 18th to 21th, 2019.

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