Examining justice from all angles

This program is focused on the institutions, systems, and processes of justice and the operation of law in criminal justice and social contexts. Our researchers seek to understand ideas and practices of justice and their impact on victims, offenders and communities. Key areas of interest include:

  • Restorative justice conferencing and diversionary practices
  • Indigenous justice practices and sentencing courts
  • International criminal justice and transitional justice
  • Specialised courts, tribunals, and inquiries
  • Procedural justice and legitimacy
  • Miscarriages of justice
  • Class, gender, race, and age inequalities in the criminal justice system
  • Corruption, ethics, and integrity systems

Research Focus

This program focuses on examining justice institutions, systems and processes of justice and the operation of law in criminal justice and social contexts.

Theme leader

Associate Professor Melissa Bull

Areas of expertise:

  • Drug and alcohol regulation/drug and alcohol diversion programs
  • Network governance
  • The sociology of punishment and sentencing practices


NameResearch area

Dr Troy Allard

Life-course and environmental criminology to determine the timing, nature and significance of risk/protective factors and  influence of ethnicity and the role of environmental factors such as remoteness

David Bartlett

Business regulation, occupational deviance, psychology of risk, corporate governance, corruption prevention

Dr Lyndel Bates

Policing, procedural justice, traffic law enforcement, graduated driver licensing, translation of research into practice, work integrated learning

Dr Christine Bond

Sentencing and discretion in criminal justice, social inequality and justice (Indigeneity, race/ethnicity, gender), youth and police, research methods (quantitative, mixed methods)

Associate Professor Melissa Bull

Drug and alcohol regulation/drug and alcohol diversion programs, network governance, policing and non-citizens or new citizens, the sociology of punishment and sentencing practices, policy analysis/policy transfer, qualitative research methods

Dr Belinda Crissman

Understanding imprisonment, mental disorder and crime, rehabilitating offenders, working with forensic clients

Professor Kathleen Daly

Crime prevention, developmental pathways policing and security, violence and violence prevention, sexual offending and its prevention, restorative justice, environmental (situational) criminology, justice modelling, forensic mental health, corrections, procedural justice

Dr Rachel Dioso-Villa

Forensic science, law and society, miscarriages of justice and wrongful convictions, representations of crime and forensic science, juries, courts and social science research

Dr Susan Donkin

Anti-terrorism law, control orders, environmental criminology, crime prevention
Dr Kylie DoyleFear of crime, crime and media, subjectivity, governance of crime

Associate Professor Jacqueline Ewart

Online media, newspapers and readership, democracy and community media, public journalism, media representation, terrorism and the media, talkback radio, media audiences

Professor Mark Finnane

Policing, crime, the criminal law, punishment and the social history of mental illness

Dr Hennessey Hayes

Restorative justice, youthful offending and recidivism

Dr Robyn Holder

Victims, gender and crime, criminal Justice

Dr Samantha Jeffries

Courts, domestic violence, Indigeneity, gender and criminal justice
sentencing, the sex industry

Dr Andy Kaladelfos

Historical responses to sexual offending, historical treatment of gender and violence

Professor Susanne Karstedt

Comparative and international criminology, state crime and atrocity crimes, international criminal justice and transitional justice, middle class crime

Dr Simon Little

Youth justice, the efficacy of diversion, police decision-making, and Indigenous youth justice

Professor Elena Marchetti

Indigenous Justice, Commerce, Crime and Gender

Associate Professor Donna McAuliffe

Ethical practice and professional conduct, ethical decision-making,social work ethics audits, ethical codes and standards of practice, ethics complaint management, ethics education, social work theory, social research

Professor Tina Murphy

Procedural justice, authority legitimacy, policing youth and ethnic minority groups, defiance and resistance to authority, tax non-compliance, forgiveness and reintegrative shaming, psychology of emotions

Dr Alana Piper

Legal, cultural and emotional circumstances and ramifications of theft, particularly in regards to personal and community identities

Professor Janet Ransley

Policing, regulatory approaches to crime reduction, crime and justice policy, and integrity in criminal justice, legal and political systems and practices.

Dr John Rynne

Forensic psychology with particular focus on prison and prison quality, psychology of wellbeing and flourishing, private prisons and prison reform

Dr Elise Sargeant

Citizen and officer perceptions of police and policing, procedural justice and police legitimacy, neighbours and collective efficacy

Dr Deborah Sauvage

Ethics, professional regulation, institutional responses to complaints, restorative justice, professionalism and e-professionalism, psychological trauma, child abuse and neglect

Dr Yorick Smaal

Sex and gender, crime and punishment, war and society

Dr Catrin (Kate) Smith

Gender, crime and justice, Prisons and penality, The body and social control, Substance use in social context, Qualitative research on crime and justice

Professor Clare Tilbury

Child protection and family support policy and practice, Pathways to better child protection practice with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island children, Performance measurement in child welfare, School to work transition for young people in care, National study of Australia's Children's Courts

Associate Professor Sue Trevaskes

Chinese criminal justice system, Inter-cultural communication

Kerry Wimshurst

Criminal justice history (social order and imprisonment), criminal justice education (disciplinary content and outcomes), youth justice (professional orientations)

PhD students

NameResearch topic
Siobhan AllenYouth offending, compliance, graduated driver licensing, procedural justice, drug policy, and policing.
Julie BarkworthBuilding trust in prison procedures with procedural justice
April ChrzanowskiDelay, remand and the youth justice system: Using simulation modelling for policy analysis
Alistair FildesWhat are the barriers preventing the police from using procedural justice when interacting with the public?
Sheena FlemingRecruiting and retaining Indigenous women in policing: Case studies in Australia and New Zealand
Tamera JenkinsOffence-related harm and perceptions of forgiveness experienced by victims and juvenile offenders in youth justice conferences in Queensland
Luyang LiuA longitudinal study on Chinese juvenile recidivism in restorative justice
Krystal LockwoodEvidence-based crime prevention for First Nations Peoples: Contribution of a realist evaluation framework
Marni ManningBuilding misconduct resistance in plain clothes investigative units: A case for contextualised reform
Suzuki MasahiroExamining the interactional dynamics of youth justice conferencing: The importance and role of participants’ readiness on conference outcomes
Heather NancarrowMainstream justice responses to domestic and family violence: Aspirations and realities for Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
Cheneal PuljevicExtending smoking abstinence post-release: A randomised controlled trial in Queensland prisons
Natalie ThomasThe politics of government/non-government partnerships in the Australian drug policy field
Corrie WilliamsThe role of social support and coercion in differential child behaviour

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