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Smart Justice Festival>>2019

NEWS | 31st January 2019

Is Scotland ready for smart justice?

We invite you to join us for debate, discussion and dance at Smart Justice Fest ’19. Get ready to be inspired by innovation, challenged by fresh thinking and moved by our speakers from home and abroad. This year we’re hosting our event at the Drill Hall, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG on Monday 25 March 2019, 9.30-4pm. Headline acts include:

Peter Lovett AKA “Dr Dance”

Dr Peter Lovatt is a Dance Psychologist. He holds the academic post of Reader in Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, where he set up the Dance Psychology Lab. Peter’s expertise is in experimental cognitive psychology and his work on memory, thinking, mood, language learning, problem solving, dance and Parkinson’s has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals. Peter is currently delivering a series of lectures on Performance (Dance) Psychology at the Royal Ballet School.

After overcoming a severe reading difficulty in his early twenties, Peter studied for a BSc (hons) in Psychology and English at the Roehampton Institute (degree awarded by the University of Surrey in 1993). In the same year he was awarded a national Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) scholarship to study for an MSc in Neural Computation at the Centre for Cognitive and Computational Neurosciences at the University of Stirling (degree awarded 1994) and following this he was awarded a full university scholarship to study for a PhD at the University of Essex (completing in 1998).

Dr Kitty Stewart

Kitty’s research interests focus on children, disadvantage and inequality, in particular in the social security system, employment trajectories and early childhood. Recent projects include a systematic review of the causal relationship between household income and children’s outcomes, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and an examination of stakeholder support for official changes to child poverty measurement in the UK.

She is currently Principal Investigator on a Nuffield-funded project examining peer effects in nursery education. She is also a core member of the CASE team which has tracked the UK government’s record on social policy, poverty and inequality over the last two decades. Kitty’s research on “Does income make a difference to children’s outcomes” is extremely interesting and relevant if we want to talk about “bridging the gap” of outcomes between families on a low income and those who are not.

Robert Nilsson

Born in Sweden and living in Finland since 2010, Robert was a Police Officer for more than 10 years. He worked mainly with young people and substance abuse problems. Up until very recently, he worked at the Youth Crisis Centre, a unit within the HelsinkiMissio. HelsinkiMissio, as well as being a campaigning organisation that supports inclusion, provides a range of family support initiatives, a youth crisis point providing preventative advocacy with young people, and intergenerational activities including the inspirational Albert’s Living Room which provides a meeting space for people experiencing or at risk of loneliness, whatever their age.

Plus special guests:


Google Digital Garage, Mindfulness, Discussing ACEs with James Docherty, Trauma Training Taster Session, Second Chancers Exhibition and What works – a recovery community in Ayrshire.

Tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Book here: