Showcasing practical and policy-relevant research

Griffith Criminology Institute, in partnership with the New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR), is pleased to invite you to the Applied Research in Crime and Justice Conference. The conference will be held on 1 – 2 July 2024 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The conference showcases practical, policy-relevant research with a direct bearing on effective criminal justice administration and crime prevention. The event serves as a platform for bringing together policymakers, academics and influential stakeholders from public, private, and university sectors.

Early Bird Registration opens 1 December 2023 and closes on 15 April 2024.



Registration includes:
  • Attendance for one person to the 2024 Applied Research in Crime and Justice Conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 1 - 2 July 2024.
  • Ticket to the cocktail networking event on the evening of 1 July 2024.
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on 1 and 2 July 2024 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Please note:
  • Ticket prices are in Australian Dollars (AUD).
  • Ticket rates for groups of 3 people minimum receive the group discount (as shown below).
  • Students must provide a valid student card.
  • Credit card and merchant fees apply.
Registration type Early BirdRegular
Individual AU$585.00 (incl. GST) AU$690.00 (incl. GST)
Group (3 or more delegates) AU$535.00 (incl. GST) AU$640.00 (incl. GST)
Student AU$300.00 (incl. GST) AU$350.00 (incl. GST)

Key dates

25 October 2023 Call for abstracts opens
1 December 2023Registration opens
15 January 2024 Deadline for abstract submissions
15 March 2024Program available
15 April 2024 Early bird registration closes
1 July 2024 Conference starts

Conference details

When:     1 – 2 July 2024

Time:       9 – 5 pm AEST

Where:    Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Host:        Griffith Criminology Institute

Key themes

Meet our invited keynote speakers

Nancy La Vigne, PhD

Nancy La Vigne was appointed by President Biden as Director of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) on March 28, 2022.  Dr. La Vigne is a nationally recognized criminal justice policy expert with expertise in policing, corrections reform, reentry from prison, criminal justice technologies, and evidence-based criminal justice practices. She holds a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Rutgers University-Newark, a master’s degree in public affairs from the LBJ School at the University of Texas-Austin and a bachelor’s degree in government and economics from Smith College.

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Devon Polaschek, PhD

Professor Devon Polaschek is a forensic clinical psychologist, Professor of Psychology, and Joint Director of the New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science at the University of Waikato. She studies violent offenders in prisons and on parole, correctional psychology, and the perpetration of violence, especially in the areas of psychopathy, family violence, and the psychological treatment and community re-entry for high-risk offenders.

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Professor James Ward

James Ward, PhD

Professor James Ward is a Pitjantjatjara and Nukunu man, an infectious diseases epidemiologist and a national leader in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research. He is currently the Director of the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at The University of Queensland. Holding various roles over the last 25 years in Aboriginal public health policy for both government and non-government organisations, in urban regional and remote communities he has built a national program of research in the epidemiology and prevention of infectious diseases.

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Bridget Harris, PhD

Associate Professor Bridget Harris is the Director of the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre in the Faculty of Arts at Monash University and Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow. Bridget conducts research on domestic and family violence, technology-facilitated / digital coercive control, violence against women, technology-facilitated responses to violence, violence and spatiality, violence against women, and rural domestic and family violence.

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Grant Killen

Grant Killen is the Managing Director of Concentric Concepts. Grant has worked in the Royal Australian Navy and participated in several overseas deployments. He joined the Queensland Police in 2005 where he worked in several specialist positions, including the Explosive Ordnance Response Team, and Close Personal Protection Teams. He has also consulted as a senior security and crisis management advisor in the mining, oil and gas industries. After observing a lack of training and tangible safety and security solutions in the family and domestic violence sector, Grant formed Concentric Concepts.

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Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

The Applied Research in Crime and Justice Conference is being held on the shores of the Brisbane River at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane, originally a meeting place for traditional landowners, the Turrbal and Yuggera people. The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre is an Earthcheck Platinum certified venue.


For discounted rates at hotels, and for hotel recommendations near the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, please see below options.

Mantra South Bank

Rydges South Bank

Arena Apartments South Brisbane

Novotel South Bank (discounted rate)

Working together

We are proud to be working in partnerships that are focussed on co-creating a better future for all.

Contact details

(07) 3735 1776
Level 4 Social Sciences Building (M10)
Griffith University
176 Messines Ridge Road
Mt Gravatt QLD 4122



Abstracts have now closed

Abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations are invited from researchers who are undertaking empirical, policy-relevant projects on crime and/or criminal justice issues. All abstract submissions will be peer-reviewed by a scientific committee. Abstracts will be assessed against the criteria outlined below.

Abstract criteria


Rigorous, high-quality research that could be published in a high-quality international journal. Assessed on the quality of writing, ethodology, design, analyses, and the clarity of the abstract (e.g. specific rather than general findings are provided).


Research that extends existing knowledge or practice. Assessed on the degree to which information, conceptual framework, methods/ approach, or results in the abstract are unique, novel, and innovative.


The importance and impact of the study and its findings are clearly described. Assessed on the scientific value, interesting/important results, and the potential to meaningfully shape policy and/or practice.


Clear and significant relevance/utility for criminal justice research and policy. Assessed on the relevance of the content of the abstract to research, policy, and practice.