Supporting young policing researchers

This year’s main event for Nordic policing researchers was a success, when the Young Nordic Police Research Network hosted their annual seminar.

Control of biker gangs: Former network leader, Synnøve Jahnsen from Uni Research Rokkansenteret presents her research on biker gangs. Photo: Nøkleberg/UiO

«Body-worn cameras», biker gangs and trust in the police

Network leader: Martin Nøkleberg, Doctoral Research Fellow from the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law Photo: Ystehede/UiO

- This year’s seminar sought to shed light on the pluralism of policing in the Nordic countries. By moving away from the state oriented ways of understanding, we include other new empirical fields and theoretical perspectives, says the leader of the network, Martin Nøkleberg from the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law.

The seminar resulted in a broad spectrum of presentations from the affiliated countries. Declan Falconer from the University of Leeds talked about the development of body-worn cameras in the police force in Britain, Synnøve Jahnsen from Uni Research Rokkansenteret discussed the control of biker gangs, while Dorian Schaap from the Radboud University Nijmegen focused on different strategies from increased trust in the police in England, Denmark and the Netherlands. 

A breeding ground for young researchers

- Young Nordic Police Research Network is an arena where young researchers are welcomed to present both their research and their ideas, Julie Høivik from SERAF explains. She elaborates on how they create a welcoming atmosphere for feedback and discussion. Høivik explains how the network enables researchers to connect with others in their fields, which is essential in a young researcher's start up phase. 

Academic education: Andy Tatnell from the University of the West of Scotland talked about the the role of academic education in police professionalisation. Photo: Nøkleberg/UiO

Since the network started up in 2014, they have had regular meetings and events with a wide variety of themes within the field in policing research, where once a year there is a larger seminar attracting researchers from different Nordic institutions. They also have a sister group at the University of Oxford. 

By Tara Søderholm
Published June 11, 2018 2:45 PM - Last modified June 11, 2018 2:45 PM