Outstanding research at the Griffith Criminology Institute

Recently GCI researchers were recognised at the Vice Chancellor's Research Excellence Awards. Professor Susan Dennison was awarded the Research Leadership Award and Professor Ross Homel was awarded the Research Engagement Award. Read about their research and related projects below.


Susan Dennison is a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Griffith Criminology Institute at Griffith University. She is Director of Transforming Corrections to Transform Lives, an innovative collaboration working to create a transformative system of practice that addresses system gaps, improves pathways and programs, and provides proportionate end-to-end care for imprisoned mothers and their children during a sentence and after release. Through successive ARC grants, including an ARC Future Fellowship, Susan has focused on investigating how childhood adversity, particularly maltreatment and parental incarceration, affects young people’s development and long-term outcomes. As an international leader in the field of parental incarceration research, Susan is working to transform policies and systems to reduce the intergenerational transmission of offending and disadvantage. She is committed to improving correctional design, policy and practice with respect to prisoner-family relationships, contact and community re-entry.

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Ross Homel, AO is Foundation Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. Professor Homel has published three monographs and six edited books, as well as more than 150 peer-reviewed papers and numerous high impact government reports. He has won many awards for his research on the prevention of crime, violence and injuries and the promotion of positive development and wellbeing for children and young people in socially disadvantaged communities. His accomplishments were recognised in January 2008 when he was appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO) 'for service to education, particularly in the field of criminology, through research into the causes of crime, early intervention and prevention methods.'

In May 2008 he was recognized by the Premier of Queensland as a 'Queensland Great', 'for his contribution to Queensland's reputation for research excellence, the development of social policy and justice reform and helping Queensland's disadvantaged communities.' In December 2008 he was shortlisted for 2009 Australia of the Year, in 2009 he received a Distinguished Service Award for Alumni, Macquarie University; in 2010 he received the Sellin-Glueck Award from the American Society of Criminology for criminological scholarship that considers problems of crime and justice as they manifest outside the United States; and (with Dr Kate Freiberg and Dr Sara Branch) won the Norman Smith Publication in Social Work Research Award for the best paper in Australian Social Work in 2014. He has served as Director of the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance, he was founder and director of the Griffith Institute for Social and Behavioural Research (now the Griffith Social and Behavioural Research College); he has served as Head of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice; as a Commissioner of the Queensland Criminal Justice Commission; and in the early 2000s worked with Fiona Stanley and others to establish the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth and its associated ARC research network. He is a former Board member and Vice-President of the Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and former member of the Academy executive committee.

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GCI Member Dr Keiran Hardy was awarded the Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Researcher of the Year Award for 2019. During 2018 and 2019, Keiran completed a Griffith University Postdoctoral Fellowship investigating how theories of crime prevention can help to understand global approaches to countering violent extremism (CVE). He published this research in leading terrorism, criminology and law journals, including Terrorism and Political Violence, the Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism and the Journal for Deradicalisation. He has a forthcoming entry on CVE in the Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and has previously published chapters for leading research centres including the NYU Center on Law and Security.

In addition to his scholarly research, Keiran has authored many highly cited submissions to parliamentary inquiries and he reaches a wider audience through media interviews, blogs and opinion pieces. He has nearly 120,000 reads on the Conversation website and recently developed GCI Insights, a platform for all GCI Members to communicate their research through spotlights, research briefs, podcasts and consultancy reports.

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Martin A. Andresen is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and a Member in the Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University. He is also an Affiliated Scholar in the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University, and Chair of the Crime and Place Working Group in the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University. Dr. Andresen obtained his PhD from the University of British Columbia (Geography) and his BA and MA from Simon Fraser University (Economics).

His research areas are in spatial crime analysis, crime and place, geography of crime, environmental criminology, and applied spatial statistics and geographical information analysis. Within these research areas he has published 3 edited volumes, 3 books, and more than 150 refereed journal articles and contributions to edited volumes. He is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, an Affiliated Scholar in the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University, Chair of the Crime and Place Working Group in the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University, and an editorial board member for Journal of Quantitative CriminologyJournal of Criminal JusticeInternational Criminal Justice ReviewCanadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal JusticeSocial Sciences & Humanities OpenMethodological Innovations, and Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society.

In 2020, Dr. Andresen was in the top 1 percent of 8 million scientists and top 2 percent of 9000 criminologists, globally, based on citations, and was named Australia's leading researcher (Field Leader) in the field of Criminology, Criminal Law and Policing. In 2019 Dr. Andresen ranked in the top 2 percent of 7 million scientists and top 2 percent of 8000 criminologists, globally, based on citations. He has been awarded the Canadian Geographer New Scholar Award, the Dean's Medal for Academic Excellence (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Simon Fraser University), the Julian M. Szeicz Award for Early Career Achievement (Canadian Association of Geographers), the Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision (Dean of Graduate Studies, Simon Fraser University), the Award for Excellence in Leadership (Dean of Graduate Studies, Simon Fraser University), and is a Fellow of the Western Society of Criminology.

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