Why We Started #CrimComm
Updated: Jul 10
Over the years we have all witnessed the steady decline of research and expertise in public, policy and other domains. It's been painful.
This is not a new phenomenon, by the way. Way back in 1999, in a piece called "Disenchanted Criminology," Jean Paul Brodeur lamented the sidelining of criminological expertise in public policy circles and as a tool to help inform public debate and institutional practice. In his typical blunt fashion, he observed:
"Basing policy on public indignation hyped by media reporting is like nurturing chaos ... public opinion does not react to systemic issues but to single events, policy making that courts public opinion is bound to be incremental and cosmetic, avoiding structural reform which is hard to sell because of its complexity."
Over the years we have heard a similar refrain: engaging in policy or public debate is too hard because our ideas are not easily distilled into 30 second sound bits or recast as bit emjois. We don't buy that. As teachers, we take the complex and render it accessible ... every single day.
In starting CrimComm we want to create and share tools for "selling the complex." Please support this initiative by sharing your ideas, your efforts and your networks to help grow better research communication in our field.
University of Western Ontario