Welcome to Criminology

  • Crime is an issue which all citizens and governments confront on a daily basis. Many thousands of people in the public and private sectors are employed in dealing with the prevention and consequences of crime. They make important decisions about the daily lives and freedoms of thousands of citizens. The causes of crime and how it should be dealt with are the subject of intense debate.

    The Criminology program provides students with the skills to understand the complexities of crime, to learn about the various stages of the criminal justice system, to critically analyse its workings and tensions and to explore alternative strategies.

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Latest News

  • Julie Ham, a Criminology PhD candidate, recently gave a presentation at Hong Kong University presenting her research on sex work, im/migration and citizenship. Julie’s research, conducted in Melbourne, Victoria and in Vancouver, Canada offers an exciting challenge to how we understand and conceive of ‘the migrant sex worker’. Some of her recent published work includes: Ham, J., & Gerard, A. ... Read more
  • On 12 October 2014, Monash Criminology’s, Dr Asher Flynn was an invited keynote speaker at the 14th International Criminal Law Congress held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Asher was invited to engage in a lively debate with Victorian Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr John Champion SC, on the importance of external transparency of the plea ... Read more
  • Leanne Weber and Sharon Pickering have contributed a chapter to a high-profile report on border-related deaths published by the International Organisation for Migration. The report Fatal Journeys: Tracking Lives Lost during Migration  is intended to raise awareness of the need for more systematic, humane and accountable responses to loss of life arising from illegalized migration. Their chapter, ... Read more
  • It is Mental Health Awareness week across Australia and an important time to consider how mental health issues impact the community and individuals in myriad ways. Monash Criminologists are contributing important research to enable more informed criminal justice policy and process in areas where mental health and criminal justice intersect. Our work includes the following: Examining ... Read more


  • Monash Criminology made a big contribution across the three day annual Australian & New Zealand Society of Criminology conference held in Sydney 1-3 October 2014. The Monash Postgraduate Prize was awarded at the annual Postgraduate Conference to Melissa Jardine (PhD Candidate, UNSW).  Sharon Pickering presented in a number of panels at the conference (Border Control, ... Read more
  • James Roffee’s article on the criminal law prohibiting familial sexual activity (often called incest) has just been published in the Human Rights Law Review. The research indicates that the European Court of Human Rights is producing case law, that could lead to a situation where adult family members could argue that they are having their ... Read more