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Origins and Progress to Date

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, for example law and sociological studies.

The second annual meeting of the EPER 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 co-ordinating committee for the group was finalised (see below). The fourth annual EPER 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 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.

The website:

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