Key research areas in Criminology

Monash Criminology researchers are involved in a broad range of ongoing research projects. Below are highlights of current research and recent publications by staff, individual staff profiles provide more details.

Research themes

  • Border crossing and border control
  • Courts and sentencing
  • Critical prison studies
  • Gender, sexuality and the law
  • Human rights and criminal justice
  • Penology
  • Policing
  • Race, marginality and difference
  • State and corporate harm
  • Transitional justice

Researchers in Criminology have founded two independent international virtual research centres, The Border Crossing Observatory and The Imprisonment Observatory. These centres connect Monash research in these areas to international researchers and practitioners, producing high quality, independent research.  

Research Spotlight

Monash Criminology publishes our ‘Research Spotlight’ series to provide a snapshot of current and recent research and expertise in the program. These can be found below.

Crime, Risk and Security

Recent publications

Recent publications in Criminology include:

Professor Mary Bosworth (Monash University and Oxford University)  recently published Inside Immigration Detention (OUP) which was reviewed in the Times Higher Education Supplement as a “rigorous analysis of how immigration detention works from the inside” and a book that “challenges many assumptions that underpin migration policy and deserves a wide readership”.

Professor Jude McCulloch’s research focuses on state terror, state violence, state crime and crimes of the powerful. Professor McCulloch is co-editor with Dr Elizabeth Stanley of the book State Crime and Resistance (forthcoming 2013) by Routledge Cavendish, London. Professor McCulloch is also co-editor with Professor Sharon Pickering of the book Borders and Crime (2012) published by Palgrave Macmillan, USA.

Dr Anna Eriksson is currently working on a Australian Research Council DECRA project on comparative penology, where she will explore processes of ‘othering’ in the penal systems in Australia and Norway. In early 2013, she published, with John Pratt Contrasts in Punishment: An explanation of Anglophone excess and Nordic exceptionalism (Routledge). She is a Visiting Scholar at Orebro University, Sweden and Oxford University, England during 2013. She is also involved in research on children of prisoners, the Infringement system in Victoria, and crime and fear of crime on public transport.

Dr Bree Carlton and Dr Marie Segrave published, Women Exiting Prison: Critical Essays on Gender, Post-Release Support and Survival (Routledge), in May 2013. The collection includes contributions from world class scholars Kristin Bulmiller, Kathleen Kendall, Eileen Baldry, Kelly Hannah-Moffat and Foreword by Pat Carlen.

Dr Danielle Tyson undertakes research in the area of gendered violence, intimate partner homicide and related law reform, filicide in the context of separation and divorce, and youth, mobile technologies and gender politics. Her most recent publication is Sex, Culpability and the Defence of Provocation (Routledge) 2013.

Dr Claire Spivakovsky’s research focuses on the containment and control of ‘difference’ across the civil, administrative and criminal justice arenas and the impact this has on populations such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and people with cognitive impairments and/or mental illness. Claire’s first book, Racialized Correctional Governance: The Mutual Constructions of Race and Criminal Justice, was published in April 2013 as part of Ashgate Publishing’s Advances in Criminology Series.

Dr Asher Flynn and Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon (Monash Criminology alumni) published  A Second Chance for Justice: The Prosecutions of Gabe Watson for the Death of Tina Thomas (Cambridge Scholars Publishing) in 2012.

Dr Leanne Weber and Professor Sharon Pickering have developed international research expertise in the area of border contol, security, immigration and policing as detailed on the Border Observatory. They have most recently published Globalisation and Borders (Palgrave).