2021 PaCCS Research Snapshots Competition for Early Career Researchers

2021 PaCCS Research Snapshots Competition for Early Career Researchers

Research Snapshots: 

UKRI’s Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS) is pleased to invite doctoral and post-doctoral Early Career Researchers to apply for the 2021 PaCCS Research Snapshots Competition, which is being held as part of the PaCCS 2021 conference on Serious Organised Crime (SOC), funded by ESRC.  

Doctoral and post-doctoral researchers at UK universities are invited to submit proposals to give a 3-minute snapshot presentation at our online conference on SOC in September 2021. Proposed snapshot presentations should focus on one of the following workstreams being explored at the conference:  

  • Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking
  • Economic & Financial Crime 
  • Blue (Maritime) & Green (Environmental) Crime (including wildlife trafficking)
  • Cyber-Crimes & Online Criminal Markets 
  • Gangs & Syndicates (Arms, Drugs & Extortion) 
  • Victims, Harms & Markets 
  • Criminal Conflict & Political Violence

Successful applicants will play a key part in the PaCCS 2021 conference, delivering lightning talks about their work during an Early Career Researcher showcase to be held on the afternoons of 16 and 17 September. In the process, presenters will meet with a diverse array of conference participants and stakeholders from across the PaCCS research network, including academics, practitioners, policymakers, subject matter experts, and industry and NGO professionals.  

Entry Criteria:  

  • your research ‘snapshot’ proposal must include the text for a three-minute talk (approximately 350-400 words), which will be accessible and comprehensible to audiences from a variety of disciplines and professional backgrounds.
  • in addition to being aligned with one of our seven workstreams, your proposed talk must aim to contribute either to understanding or undermining SOC; we are not over-prescriptive about how you interpret these terms: the former might examine which factors enable and facilitate SOC ( and how is this evolving); the latter might describe what works in disrupting, impeding or alleviating the impact of SOC.
  • You are required to specify your chosen workstream and to indicate whether your contribution is to ”understanding” or “undermining” SOC in the subject heading to your submission.

Applicants’ proposals will be assessed by a panel which will examine the significance and relevance of the proposed topic to serious organised crime, the research’s potential for impact, the quality of the research, and the intelligibility of the proposal. Credit will also be given for evidence of collaboration between academic disciplines and/or with non-academic stakeholders.

Successful applicants will be encouraged to provide supporting materials to augment their talk (e.g. a poster, infographic or longer abstract of up to 1,000 words. These resources will be available online, on the PaCCS website prior to and following the conference.

Expected Commitment for Successful Applicants: 

You will be expected to give your 3-minute lightning talk (with others) 3-4 times at a virtual booth during the semi-formal, interactive Snapshots session on the afternoons of 16 and 17 September. Conference participants will move around a virtual presentation hall, listening to talks and engaging in a Q&A. Presenters will be expected to provide their supplementary materials in advance, for display on the PaCCS website.  


Following the September 2021 conference, two awards of £250 will be made, for the best presentations on ‘understanding’ and ‘undermining’ SOC, respectively. These prizes will be awarded by a panel of judges comprised of academics, policy-makers and practitioners.  

Applications to participate in this snapshot competition will be accepted on a rolling basis until all places are filled. The early decision deadline for applications is July 2 2021, however, late applications will continue to be accepted after this date until all places in the poster session have been taken.

To apply please email your draft proposal to This should include the text of a 3-minute lightning talk; you should identify yourself, your university (or other HEI) and your research status. Specify your chosen workstream and indicate whether your contribution is to “understanding” or “undermining” SOC in the subject heading to your email.