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2020 Stockholm Criminology Symposium

The planning of the 2020 Symposium was in its final stage when it became necessary to cancel the event due to Covid-19. Thanks to everyone's preparations and commitment, we had at that time a finished program filled with interesting and important contributions to the criminological field. As organizers, we would like to extend our genuine gratitude to all of you who contributed to the program and who were willing to share their knowledge and experiences.

We look forward to start preparing for the 2021 Symposium, and we sincerely hope that many of this year's prepared contributions will be presented during the next Symposium. That will also give us the opportunity to celebrate and highlight both this year's and next year's winners of the Prize.

15 years of cutting-edge research

The Stockholm Criminology Symposium has become a true meeting point for researchers, policy-makers and practitioners who want to learn from the latest research findings of importance for crime policy. During its now fifteen years of existence, thousands of delegates have had the opportunity to listen to a remarkable number of high-level presentations and make new professional connections, which have enriched the international criminological field and its development.

An exposé with some highlights

While awaiting next year’s symposium, we look back on some highlights and important knowledge presented during previous symposiums that has foreseen coming challenges in crime prevention. For many years the Opening Ceremony and Discussion, the Prize Winner’s Lecture, and the Jerry Lee Lecture have been the cornerstones of the Symposium program. These key sessions from the past five years can therefore be viewed through the Symposium website and YouTube. In addition, all other sessions held in the Auditorium can be found through the same channels.

Researchers’ advice to policy – the Opening Discussion

Discussion and exchange of professional and scientific knowledge are essential components of the Symposium. The Opening Discussion, focusing on researchers’ advice to policy, is therefore an important starting point of the symposium days.

View the Opening Discussion on the topics “Research-Guided Drug Policies” (2019), “Models for Successful Policing” (2018), “Timely address of the causes of violence” (2017), “Parents, peers, and prevention” (2016), and “Opportunities for crime and situational crime prevention” (2015) through the playlist below.

Awarded research – the Prize Winner’s Lecture

The Stockholm Prize in Criminology is an international prize in the field of criminology. The prize is awarded for outstanding achievements in criminological research or for the application of research results by practitioners for the reduction of crime and the advancement of human rights.

Traditionally, the Symposium main theme reflects the research area of the laureate of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology. View the Prize Winner’s Lecture held by Ruth Dreifuss and Peter Reuter (2019), Herman Goldstein (2018), Richard E. Tremblay (2017), Travis Hirschi, Cathy Spatz Widom and Per-Olof Wikström (2016), and Ronald V. Clarke and Patricia Mayhew (2015) through the playlist below.

Experimental criminology – the Jerry Lee Lecture

The Jerry Lee Lecture, named after the original donor to the Stockholm Prize in Criminology, highlights important experimental research within in the field of criminology.

View Jerry Lee Lectures held by

  • Keith Humphreys on "A radical drug policy change to reduce crime, arrests, and incarceration" (2019)
  • Malcolm Sparrow on “Problem-oriented policing: Matching the science to the art” (2018)
  • Pamela Lattimore on “Replicating HOPE and confirming the null: Results from the HOPE DFE four-site randomized control trial” (2017)
  • John Macdonald on “Changing places: Using science to design Safer Cities” (2016)
  • Lorraine Mazerolle on “The ripple effects of police experimentation: How one trial can change the lives of many” (2015)