DCGC Newsletter Issue 3

DCGC Newsletter 3 CoverThe third DCGC Newsletter is available for download. Find out what’s new with the candidates in their own words.

This issue’s featured contributors are Anna Laskai, Rosa Koenraadt, Claudio Altenhain, and Hanneke Mol.

Also included are the candidate profiles for the fourth cohort of the DCGC programme, and much more.

Please join me in thanking the outgoing editor, Katinka Van de Ven, whose ability and energy will be sorely missed.

Book Release ‘Ethical Concerns in Research on Human Trafficking’

Ethical Concerns in Research on Human TraffickingDina Siegel and Roos de Wildt have published an edited volume entitled Ethical Concerns in Research on Human Trafficking. The book offers solutions to some of the ethical dilemmas that researchers face when studying disadvantaged, vulnerable and victimized populations.

Ethical codes prescribe that the scholar should in all circumstances avoid potential harm, that informed consent is necessary, and that the limits of confidentiality should always be respected. However, in the practice of research among women involved in prostitution, illegal immigrant workers, enslaved children, people who sell their organs and all the traffickers thereof, the ethical rules cannot always be followed.

This book shows that there is a surprising variety of approaches to dealing with ethical dilemmas in the field. Authors reflect on concrete experiences from their own fieldwork in a wide variety of settings, such as the USA, Singapore, Kosovo and The Netherlands. Some choose to work on the basis of conscientious partiality, others negotiate the rules with their informants, and still others purposely break the rules in order to disclose and damage the exploiters.

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Postgraduate bursary with BSC2015


The theme for the 2015 conference is: ‘Criminology: Voyages of Critical Discovery’. This reflects the spirit of Plymouth as a point of departure for numerous voyages of discovery. The British Society of Criminology (BSC) annual conference 2015 aims to take criminology on a reflexive and critical voyage that explores our ambivalence over the past, the present and the future. We are delighted to be supporting a bursary for one DCGC candidate at any of the programme’s partner universities to attend this year’s conference.

With the spirit of adventure comes the necessity of critical reflection, debate and contestation. With this in mind the BSC 2015 conference is organised around a set of plenary panel discussions that provide keynote speakers with the opportunity to present their ideas and discuss them in the round. This exciting format for the conference is intended to encourage and motivate discussion and debate in subsequent panel and paper sessions. This will provide an excellent forum for an inclusionary dialogue and therefore promote a dynamic conference environment from which numerous voyages of critical discovery may be made.

DCGC candidates are invited to apply for the conference bursary and more information can be found here: The bursary will cover the full postgraduate and main conference package including accommodation costs for one postgraduate student. Applications must be received by 15 May 2015.

Welcome to our new Candidates!

I am delighted to extend a warm welcome to the third cohort of Candidates to the Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology (DCGC). As you know DCGC is a three year interdisciplinary Ph.D. programme funded by the European Union as an Erasmus+:Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate (EMJD). It is a collaborative project run by a consortium of four Universities: Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest, Hungary; the University of Kent, UK; the University of Hamburg, Germany and Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

All of the Candidates will spend at least 12 months at two of the partners and are jointly supervised by academics from both institutions. For the first six months you will be based at the University of Kent and follow a common structured programme to help you develop and focus your research ideas through discussions and debates with one another and with PG students in the school and the wider academic community.

Over the three years as well as taking advanced taught modules you will have the opportunity to develop your broader generic skills through internships, conference presentations and workshops. Judging by the positive feedback we have had from the first two cohorts I am confident you will find the experience rewarding and exhilarating.
During your induction week you will learn more about the programme and the Universities involved as well as getting to know your colleagues and supervisors. I am really looking forward to meeting you all face to face and to hearing first-hand about your research

Chris Hale, co-ordinator Erasmus Mundus Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology