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Dr Paolo Campana's new article on migrant smuggling now published

last modified Feb 09, 2017 02:20 PM

Dr Paolo Campana's paper on migrant smuggling is now published in Policing.

The public discourse on human smuggling into the European Union often evokes the presence of a few all powerful ‘Mr Bigs’ who are able to ‘mastermind’ illegal operations. This article takes a closer look at the recent trends in relation to two key smuggling routes—the Eastern and the Central Mediterranean—with the aim to identify the analytical and empirical features of the markets for smuggling services. It shows that these markets have the ability to expand considerably and often over a short period of time. It then argues that this is consistent with the presence of many competitive enterprises, low barriers to entry, low skills and (relatively) low capital requirements. This is a far cry from how the public discourse is often framed. The costs to the smugglers of monitoring agents and clients are also likely to be modest—particularly in comparison with human trafficking. The article concludes by discussing some policy implications, including the adoption of land-based policies (regarded as more effective than naval operations) and a suggestion for a change in the terminology adopted in policy and intelligence reports.

Community Chaplaincy Research Features in Clinks blog

last modified Feb 08, 2017 06:17 PM

Clinks - the organisation that supports, represents and campaigns for the voluntary sector working with people in contact with the Criminal Justice System (CJS) in England and Wales - has published a blog featuring the research being undertaken by .

Read the blog here!

Forthcoming CCGSJ activites

last modified Jul 24, 2017 05:13 PM

Tuesday 25th July: Prof Patricia Easteal: Snapshots of the Australian Legal System and Victims of Family Violence: Colliding Kaleidoscopes and the Gendered Iceberg.  Seminar in B4 at 12.30pm

Monday 25th September: Child Friendly Youth Justice? A day conference presented by the National Association for Youth Justice, the Standing Committee for Youth Justice and the CCGSJ.

Contact  for more information

Growing Recognition for Learning Together

last modified Nov 15, 2016 04:06 PM

The Learning Together project, led by Dr Amy Ludlow and Dr Ruth Armstrong, is gaining recognition in a number of ways.

Amy and Ruth have received awards for the work at the staff recognition ceremony at HMP Grendon and HMP Spring Hill.  They are nominated for a Butler Trust award.

The work, and its impact on other universities and other prisons, is the focus of a recent article in The Guardian.

Open Clasp Theatre Perform in Cambridge

last modified Nov 11, 2016 10:52 AM
Open Clasp Theatre Perform in Cambridge

Key Change at the Mumford

Open Clasp Theatre Company brought an intense and thought-provoking performance to the Mumford Theatre in Cambridge. Originally devised by women in HMP Low Newton and based on their stories, the play describes the lives of four women: Kelly, Lucy, Kim and Angie. With insightful scripting and stagecraft, it poignantly captures the violence, abuse, and insecurities of their earlier lives, the temporary relief and then burden of drug use, and the indignities, anxieties, violence, humour and affection of their everyday prison lives.  A powerful 60 minutes. Well worth seeing if you get the chance.

For more information, go to


'Child Friendly Youth Justice?' 25th September 2017

last modified May 10, 2017 12:50 PM

The Centre for Community, Gender and Social Justice, together with the National Association for Youth Justice and the Standing Committee for Youth Justice is hosting a day conference ‘Child Friendly Youth Justice’ on 25th September 2017.

Speakers include Charlie Taylor, Lesley McAra and Jo Phoenix.

The event is taking place in Cambridge, in the Institute of Criminology and the Faculty of Law.

Here is the event flyer and the call for papers.

Please contact  with any queries.