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The aim of this event was to explore, as the title suggests, concepts of community. Given the emphasis on ‘community’ in policy rhetoric and initiatives, understanding how community as a concept is variously invoked, understood and framed is timely. Who and what, for example, is the community that Government seeks to empower and in which individuals are expected to engage and participate? To what extent do Government’s assumptions about community accord with the views and experiences of community members?
This event represents the first in a series of collaborative, knowledge exchange activities as part of a wider study, funded by the SCCJR.
The event included presentation from two key academics in the field.Dr Oliver Escobar, from the University of Edinburgh presented on his important work on community engagement and empowerment, democratic participation, and the role of citizens within that. Dr Karen Evans from the University of Liverpool, will discussed her research into the relationship between crime and ‘community’ to reveal why and how crime and community have been linked and the implications of their relationship within criminology and crime prevention policy.