School of Criminology

Webinars and conference


The Violence Reduction Information Network (VRIN) will run three webinar sessions throughout the year in 2021 that aim to explore contemporary themes around public space violence. The themes are:

Webinar 1

What is a public health approach to violence reduction? [4pm, Wednesday 24th November, 2021]

In this session experts discussed the public health approaches to violence and whether the new Serious Violence Duty would help or hinder the delivery of public health approaches. The chair was Dr Matt Hopkins and he was joined by Professor Peter Squires.

This session was recorded and can be found on YouTube.

Webinar 2

Preventing public place violence. What works, what doesn't and what is promising? [TBA]

The panel will outline approaches that are being used; what is working in relation to public health approaches and what the primary challenges are.  Panellists include Professor Ian Brennan (University of Hull) and Jason Kew (Chief Inspector – Thames Valley Police). 

Webinar 3

The evaluation jungle. How should we be evaluating interventions to reduce public place violence? [Wednesday 12 January 2022 4.00pm] 

In this session we turned to thinking about the efficacy of interventions designed to reduce public place violence. Panellists included: Professor Zara Quigg (Liverpool John Moores University), Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy (Evidence and Evaluation Lead, Leicestershire & Rutland VRN) and Nerys Thomas (Head Research and Knowledge, College of Policing). Dr Matt Hopkins was the chair of this webinar.

This webinar was recorded and can be found on YouTube

Any queries regarding any of the webinars please contact Dr Matt Hopkins on

Project conference

It is hoped to run a conference event in late 2022. At present, we are waiting to see when Covid restrictions are likely to be lifted before making any announcements about this. 

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