Policing and Society Conference

Police Understaffing - Call for Papers - Extended Deadline 15.8.2022

The Police Science Program at the University of Akureyri (Iceland) invites abstracts for its Policing and Society Conference on October 5 and 6, 2022. The conference is a venue where Icelandic and international academics and professionals meet and converse about policing in a broad sense. Professionals and academics who work in fields that involve policing in one form or another are encouraged to submit abstracts that build on their work and/or research. 

The keynote speakers reflect the theme of this year’s conference: Police Understaffing, which refers the fact that Iceland has one of the fewest police officers in Europe per capita, and their numbers have declined over the last 15 years. Police understaffing affects general policing, crime prevention and proactive policing and increases workload. Therefore, it is important to examine the effects of police understaffing and identify ways to address the issue.

We strongly encourage abstracts that deal with crime police understaffing but we, of course, welcome all contributions that intersect with policing in one form or another. To reiterate: this conference is a joint venue for academics and professionals to share their research and experience involving policing; learn from one another; and engage with the public.

Keynote speakers

Silje Bringsrud Fekjær is a Professor at the Centre for the Study of Professions, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway. Her research interests include recruitment and careers in the police, police culture, gender, ethnicity and professions. In her research, she uses surveys, experimental survey designs and administrative register data. From 2009–2015, Fekjær worked as an associate professor at the Norwegian Police University College. Fekjær is currently the acting pro-rector at Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet).

Jeremy M. Wilson is a Professor at the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University (MSU), where he also founded and directed the Program on Police Consolidation and Shared Services and the Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection. Prior to joining MSU, Dr Wilson was a Behavioral Scientist at the RAND Corporation, where he led the development of the Center on Quality Policing and the Police Recruitment and Retention Clearinghouse. He has held a wide variety of appointments and honorary titles at prestigious institutions around the world, and has served as an instructor for numerous law enforcement, brand protection, and supply chain training programs. As a scholar, educator, advisor, and consultant, Dr Wilson has collaborated with government and police agencies, multinational corporations, communities, task forces, professional associations, and other public and private entities throughout the U.S. and the world on many complex public safety problems. Among other areas, he has authored over 160 publications for practitioners and scholars on police staffing and personnel planning, organizational consolidation, resource allocation, performance assessment and ROI, data and measurement, empirical modeling, evaluation, brand protection, product counterfeiting, and intellectual property. The Police Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences honored him with the O.W. Wilson Award for his lifetime contributions to police research and practice. For more information, see https://jeremywilson.org/

Call for paper (PDF)

Useful information

  • The conference will be held October 5 and 6, 2022, in the Miðborg house of the University of Akureyri, specifically in rooms N101 and M101. The conference runs from 9:00 Wednesday October 5 to 13:00 Thursday October 6.
  • Each presentation is allotted 25 minutes, which includes Q&A. Abstracts (maximum 250 words) should be submitted via email (goddsson@unak.is) no later than June 15. Abstracts should include a title, short description, methods, main results and/or arguments. Include information about academic position, profession, and the order of the authors (if more than one).
  • The conference registration fee is €50 per person and the program, coffee and refreshments are included (pay on the spot when registering). The registration fee is waived for presenters. University students attend free of charge. Conference attendees pay for their own travel and accommodation.
  • There will be a conference dinner Wednesday October 5.
  • Several airlines fly to Iceland, including Icelandair (www.icelandair.com).  
  • Icelandair also flies Reykjavík to Akureyri

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Further information

Guðmundur Oddsson, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Akureyri (goddsson@unak.is; tel. +3544608677).