Along with traditional offences, new cyber, technology and environment-related crimes are fast developing. Our research aims to understand both old and new threats to safety and security, and develop new ways for criminal justice agencies and communities to combat threats and reduce harms.

Research focus areas

  • Historical and contemporary representations of crime, criminal justice and security
  • Crime victimization, patterns, and analysis
  • Communities, guardianship and crime prevention
  • Corruption, and corporate, white collar and middle class crime and regulation
  • Policing drugs, alcohol, domestic violence, minorities, youth, extremism, and mental illness
  • Use of force, technology and innovation in criminal justice agencies
  • Criminal justice organisations, leadership, operations, practices, and partnerships
  • Health/criminal justice overlaps and harm reduction in criminal justice
  • Evolving security threats; new harms in cyber, technological and environmental domains


The Evolving Securities Initiative (ESI) is made up of researchers at the Griffith Criminology Institute and scholars and professionals globally

Scholars at Griffith University (working in conjunction with collaborators from across Australia and more broadly) are undertaking cutting edge research on the history and development of today’s security challenges. The ESI fosters avenues for cross-disciplinary work among criminologists, historians, anthropologists, political theorists, sociologists, international relations scholars, natural scientists and security professionals from the public and private sectors.

The Griffith Criminology Institute, through its Securities Grand Challenge Initiative, provides infrastructural support for the ESI.

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