GCN 2020/21 Conference January 27th & 28th: The British Society of Criminology's Green Criminology Research Nework


Welcome to the first Green Criminology Research Network Twitter Conference!

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The spread of Covid-19 has caused disruption to many academic conferences over the past year. Recognising their value, we wanted to give those who have already experienced or anticipate forthcoming difficulties attending conferences the opportunity to share their work with a large network of interested people.

Twitter conferences provide participants with an opportunity for feedback, networking and professional interaction at a place and time convenient for them, also enabling their research findings to reach groups of people usually found within discipine-specific boundaries.

The conference will occur over two days - on Wednesday the 27th of January and Thursday the 28th of January 2021, between 10am and 3pm each day.

What is the conference theme?

Green Criminology in a Changing World

Due to unprecedented circumstances the last 12 months have seen many environmental issues garner less and less attention in social, political and media circles. However, this has diminished neither their presence nor importance, and has instead raised important questions about their occurrence against a background of wider contextual fractures. For instance, how have the transitions seen since the start of 2020 influenced environmental harms and those who choose to study them? Why should those with an eye on these rapid social and political transformations still be mindful of environmental crimes and harms that continue to occur over the same period? This Twitter conference attempts to answer these questions, among others, to understand how environmental issues in the non-human world intersect with those occurring in their human counterpart. The legacies of these transformations are likely to be with us for some time, and accounting for the ways in which they entwine with one another is going to be of increasing importance.

In this conference, we invite researchers and practitioners to submit abstracts on this broad theme of change. Topics will include, but are not limited to:

- Human/Non-human rights

- Visible/Invisible harms

- Extinction rebellion

- Climate change

- Global South

- Political, business and market change

- Brexit

- Covid-19

If you are interested in presenting, please submit a 200 word abstract to James.Heydon@Nottingham.ac.uk for consideration. Abstract deadline: Monday 21st December 2020.

How will the Twitter conference work?

Everyone who’s presenting their work will also include #Greencrime2021 in their tweets, so you can search for this hashtag to find all of the presenters’ threads. Each participant will be presenting 5 tweets, over 15 minutes, to share their work. 1400 characters isn’t much, so they’ll be getting inventive with their tweets. Expect to see images, videos and charts as the introduce us to their research!

After each presenter shares their 5 tweets, they’ll have 15 minutes for a ‘live’ Q&A. So if you have a question to ask the presenter, please leave a comment within the presenter's thread. The presenter will then be able to respond to your question within their allotted Q&A time.

We’re asking participants to stop replying when their time is up, to give others in their session time to present. However, if you would like to continue the conversation afterwards then we encourage you to do so.

What if I don't have a Twitter account?

Details on setting up a Twitter account can be found here.

Once you’ve set up your account, we’d recommend you follow the British Society of Criminology's Green Criminology Research Network here, and the British Society of Criminology here.

If you would prefer not to make a Twitter account, you can use of Twitter’s 'Explore' function by going to twitter.com/explore and searching for the relevant hashtag. However, while you will be able to see the conference tweets you will not be able to interact with others.

Presenter Guidelines

You have 5 tweets (max. 280 characters each) to explain your topic in a twitter thread. Each tweet should be numbered 1-5 and should include the hashtag #Greencrime2021. Using a mixture of images and text is recommended. You can even use video and GIFs - as long as you stick to the 5 tweet rule, the choice is yours.

Apart from these simple requirements, the content of your presentation is up to you. Some may want to stick to a traditional Introduction-Methods-Results-Discussion format and some may wish to mix things up.

We encourage presenters to use their first tweet to introduce their research topic and to add other relevant hashtags including the hashtag specific to your conference session (e.g. #) and to acknowledge their funding organisations (e.g. #ESRC, @LeverhulmeTrust).

While it is perfectly fine to post your tweets individually, we recommend that you post your tweets in a thread ensuring they are always seen together and in the correct order. More guidance on using threads can be found here.

Tips and Tricks

Follow @BSCGreenCrim

Follow the official hashtag #GreenCrime2021

Follow the presenters on Twitter.

Draft your tweets ahead of time in order to avoid any mishaps during the conference.

The tweet character limit will encourage you to get creative with your tweets. Use images, videos, GIFs, Infographics, graphs etc. Have fun with trying to grab the audiences attention!

Spend some writing out tweets in as short and clear sentences as possible, using emojis and common abbreviations where possible. This will allow you to get a lot of information into a single tweet's character limit (280 characters).

Your hashtags can allow you to reach audiences outside those attending the conference. Check out this source for guidance on how to do this.


You can see some Twitter conference examples from the Durrell Institute for Conservation & Ecology here, the World Bat Twitter Conference here, the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology here, and the World Seabird Twitter Conference here. Please just note that they vary in the number of tweets allowed - we're sticking to five.

We would also like to thank the above conferences for their clear and accessible instructions as they have been very helpful in the creation of this document.


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