- PhD (Behavioural Sciences), Macquarie University, 1985
- MSc (Mathematical Statistics), Univeristy of Sydney, 1973
- BSc (Hons), University of Sydney, 1970
Professor Homel's PhD resulted in the publication in the United States of a book, Policing and Punishing the Drinking Driver (1988).
Ross Homel is Foundation Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.
2012 - 2013
Director of the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice & Governance at Griffith University.
2009 - 2010
Director of the Griffith Institute for Social and Behavioural Research.
2005 - 2008
Coordinator, Strategic Research Program in Social Change & Wellbeing.
2004 - 2007
Director of the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance at Griffith University, and he also served as Head of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice between 1993 and 1996 and in 2002 and 2003.
In July he took on a half-time role for 12 months with the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY), to help develop a set of national research priorities to advance the wellbeing of children and young people, and to set up a new Australian Research Council research network on behalf of the Alliance (the ARACY ARC/NHMRC Research Network - Future Generation).
Prior to 2002
He was editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology from 1992 to 1995, and was a part-time Commissioner of the Queensland Criminal Justice Commission from February 1994 to April 1999.
Professor Homel has published three monographs and six edited volumes, as well as more than 150 peer-reviewed papers. He has authored numerous high impact government reports, as well as 60 editorials, commentaries, book reviews, lectures, policy papers, conference papers and encyclopaedia articles. He has also delivered more than 60 invited conference papers around the world since 2000, mostly on the theme of developmental prevention. The 1999 research report, Pathways to Prevention (National Crime Prevention, Canberra) (completed with colleagues from developmental psychology, social work and sociology), has attracted wide attention in Australia and overseas, as has the report The Pathways to Prevention Project: The First Five Years, 1999-2004, published in partnership with Mission Australia.
Apart from these reports and papers, he has conducted research and carried out program evaluations on the wellbeing of children, families and young people for many years. In the 1970s, with Professor Tony Vinson he developed social indicators of community wellbeing for areas throughout NSW, and in the 1980s did extensive work with developmental psychologists at Macquarie University (Ailsa Burns and Jacqueline Goodnow) on the social adjustment and quality of life of 9-11 year old children and their families in Sydney. This work, conducted through the Sydney Area Family Study, established that neighbourhood risk (cumulative disadvantage) was a persistent predictor of individual and family wellbeing after allowing for individual risk factors. In the 1990s, Professor Homel designed and evaluated numerous community projects directed at the health and wellbeing of young people, including (with colleague Dr Marg Hauritz) the YACCA program (Youth and Community Combined Action Projects for crime prevention), and the safety action projects to create safer entertainment venues for young people in Surfers Paradise and north Queensland (with Dr Gillian McIlwain, Dr Marg Hauritz, and Russell Carvolth from Queensland Health). He is also a chief investigator on numerous projects funded by the Australian Research Council, mostly related to juvenile crime and crime prevention.
He is married with four children, and lives in Brisbane, Queensland. He has an active interest in community affairs, and has served as a Parents and Citizens President, Uniting Church elder, and member of several community action groups. He is an adviser on many crime prevention programs, and is a member of several state, national and international committees on crime and substance abuse prevention and child and family policy.