Deviant Leisure Online Conference

8 May – 19 May 2017

Welcome to the homepage for the inaugural Deviant Leisure Online Conference which will be taking place from 8 May – 19 May 2017 hosted by Plymouth University.

The overarching theme is “Exploring the boundaries of leisure and crime” reflecting the rapid development of deviant leisure as an area of study for critical scholars across the social sciences. The aim of the 2017 conference is to outline the parameters of deviant leisure, drawing conceptual links between harm, consumer culture and global perspectives.

The Deviant Leisure Online Conference will take place online only. Aside from increasing inclusivity to the conference in a time of shrinking conference budgets and increasing demands on our time, the online format has the benefit of resulting in a greatly reduced carbon footprint – about 2% of a traditional conference.

Registration will open over the coming months and we will update further information regarding the programme and keynote speakers as this becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Dr Oliver Smith – Reader in Criminology, University of Plymouth, UK

Oliver is a Reader in criminology at Plymouth University. His primary research interests are in the fields of alcohol and drug use in the Night Time Economy. He is author of Contemporary adulthood and the night time economy (Palgrave, 2014) and has published mainly at the point of impact between crime and deviance in post-industrial Britain. Email Oliver

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