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Bridging Research, Policy and Practice: Final Conference

Our final conference, Bridging Research, Policy and Practice, will be held on March 11 to 12 2016, at the Free University of Brussels. A conference flyer can be downloaded here, and delegates can register at

As regular readers of this blog will know, we are a network of researchers across 23 countries who have been working for almost four years to promote cooperation between institutions and individuals in different European states (and with different disciplinary perspectives) carrying out research on offender supervision. In the first year of our work, we reviewed and synthesized existing knowledge about supervision across these jurisdictions. Since then, we have been developing new conceptual and methodological approaches to studying supervision comparatively and seeking to stimulate policy, practice and public debate about supervision. The final conference reports on the findings of our work and explores the future of offender supervision and the crucial role of relationships between research, policy and practice in that future.

Conference presentations and responses will come from leading academics, policymakers and probation leaders from European institutions and jurisdictions, as well as people with lived experience of supervision. Thanks to funding from the UK Economic and Social Research Council, the conference will also be accompanied by an exhibition comprising photographs (from across several European states) representing those lived experiences as well as images taken by probation practitioners. The exhibition launch will also feature a performance of songs inspired by these images, co-written by musicians, artists and people with experience of supervision. The songs will be performed by Louis Abbott of the renowned Scottish indie band Admiral Fallow

Conference Fees and Registration, drinks and food included:
• Early bird rate, register before 1st February 2016: €150
• Standard rate (after 1st February 2016): €175
• Concession rate available for the first 20 PhD students: €50 (first come first served basis)

Closing date for applications is 28th February 2016 (Early booking advised as places as limited)
For registration enquiries, please see the event registration page or contact 

Preliminary Programme

Friday 11th March 2016

9.00 Registration (Tea and Coffee)
9.45 Plenary I: Two futures for offender supervision: Values and markets
(Chair: Kristel Beyens)
• Common wisdom? European norms and values for offender supervision (Christine Morgenstern)
• Probation in the Public and Private Sectors: The case of England and Wales (Gwen Robinson, Lol Burke and Matthew Millings)
11.30 Break
12.00 Plenary II: Experiencing supervision, expressing subjectivity
(Convened by Ioan Durnescu and Christian Grafl; and with a response from someone with lived experience of supervision)

13.30 Lunch

14.30 Plenary III: Decision-making and supervision: Who’s got the power?
(Convened by Miranda Boone and Niamh Maguire; and with a response from a judge)
16.00 Break
16.30 Plenary IV: Practicing supervision: Inside the black box
(Convened by Gwen Robinson and Kerstin Svensson; Respondent: Annette Hennessy, former Chief Probation Officer of Merseyside, UK)
18.00 Drinks reception, exhibition opening/music performance and conference dinner (buffet)

Saturday 12th March 2016

9.30 Panel Discussion: Strengthening links between research, policy and
Practice (Chair: Ioan Durnescu, Panel Members: Willem van der Brugge (CEP), Jesca Beneder (European Commission – DG Justice) Annie Devos (Houses of Justice, French speaking part of Belgium), Hans Dominicus (Houses of Justice, Flemish part of Belgium) and Peter Palsma (Director of the Leger des Heils (Salvation Army) division of the Dutch Probation Service).
10.45 Break
11.15 Plenary V: Reforming supervision and reforming research: Where the
Action is (Fergus McNeill, Chair of COST Action IS1106)
12.30 Close and lunch


Suggested accommodation

Bed and Breakfasts

Not far from the university (located in Ixelles, near the Matonge area), at a reasonable price and very near to each other:

  1. B&B Vincent V Gallery:
  2. BnBUrban :
  3. Urban Rooms :


In Brussels centre :

  1. Happy Guesthouse :;label=happy-ayvbQFB_oRUPNf9XUJsXIAS48457741643%3Apl%3Ata%3Ap1%3Ap2%3Aac%3Aap1t1%3Aneg%3Afi%3Atikwd-90567944718%3Alp1001004%3Ali%3Adec%3Adm;sid=025abd8d6aff242b628045db355c61bb;dcid=4;dist=0;room1=A%2CA;sb_price_type=total;srfid=c8324d0c65928f46b1ce212dd44319b5915705e3X1;type=total;ucfs=1&;lang=en-gb


  1. Hotel Bedford :
  2. Thon Hotel Stephanie (be careful, because there are several Thon Hotels in Brussels!) :|&ch=0|&ex=&pa=&ba=&ag=&bookingcontext=2&hc=BRUBRI
  3. NH Hotel du grand Sablon :;label=gen173nr-15CAEoggJCAlhYSDNiBW5vcmVmaBWIAQGYARy4AQTIAQTYAQPoAQE;sid=025abd8d6aff242b628045db355c61bb;dcid=4;no_rooms=1;req_adults=2;req_children=0&;checkin=2016-03-09;checkout=2016-03-12;atlas_src=hp_iw_title
  4. Hotel Sabina :;sid=025abd8d6aff242b628045db355c61bb;dcid=1;dist=0;group_adults=2;sb_price_type=total;srpos=1;type=total&
  5. Hotel Crowne Plaza Brussels – Le Palace :;label=gen173nr-17CAEoggJCAlhYSDNiBW5vcmVmaBWIAQGYAS64AQTIAQTYAQHoAQH4AQs;sid=025abd8d6aff242b628045db355c61bb;dcid=1;no_rooms=1;req_adults=2;req_children=0&;checkin=2016-03-09;checkout=2016-03-12;atlas_src=hp_iw_title


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