News

  • A special issue dealing with the challenges of contemporary prison research has been published in the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy. In their introduction, co-editors A/Prof Hilde Tubex (UWA) and Dr Anna Eriksson (Monash) explain that the main driver for the collection was ‘a profound concern about prison research and its future’ Read more
  • This year’s in-house seminar program kicks off on April  30 with a presentation by visiting scholar Anita Heber on  her current research into public representations of organised crime in Sweden. This will be followed on May 12 when Leanne Weber from Monash Criminology leads a discussion about her edited collection ‘Rethinking Border Control for a Read more
  • A panel discussion facilitated by Maxine McKew at the Wheeler Centre The aim of this event is to generate a new conversation about Victorian trends in imprisonment and to identify how innovation can reduce the imprisonment rate and result in better short and long-term outcomes for individuals and the community. Read more
  • Monash Criminology is shining a spotlight on the key areas of our research and teaching  through a new series of short publications called Research Spotlights. The first in the series, entitled ‘Crime, Risk and Security’, details the contribution made by Monash Criminologists to research in this genre and highlights the opportunities for students to study this Read more
  • Monash Criminology is very excited to welcome our first visiting scholar for the year, Associate Professor Anita Heber from the Department of Criminology, Stockholm University in Sweden.  Anita will be with us for six months, during which time she will work on a study analysing parliamentary debates and media descriptions of organized crime in Sweden and pursue collaborative Read more
  • Two of our hardworking postgraduates, Ms Julie Ham and Ms Laura Vitis, recently submitted their PhDs for examination. Julie Ham’s research has examined sex work, migration, citizenship, labour and identity, while Laura’s research has examined non-consensual sexting prosecutions. Both undertook research in Australia and overseas (for Laura in the US and for Julie in Canada) Read more
  • Associate Professor Leanne Weber has just published a new collection in the Routledge Rethinking Globalizations series entitled ‘Rethinking Border Control for a Globalizing World: A Preferred Future’. Containing chapters by leading thinkers from critical criminology, law and political theory, and featuring commentaries by Saskia Sassen, Rainer Bauböck and Nancy Wonders, the book uses an innovative Read more
  • Criminology is very pleased to welcome the following honours students to the Program: Danielle Anderson, Katie Brummelen, Gina Cornehls, Terence Doleschal, Nargis Dost, Stephanie Eddelbuttel, Nadia Egalita, Musa Jan, Kate Kelleher, Rebekah McDonald, Miki MClay, Robyn Newitt and Katherine Schofield. In 2015, the honours research projects examine a range of exciting and significant contemporary issues in criminology Read more
  • Monash Criminology has welcomed back all of our current postgraduate students and welcomed some newcomers at our annual retreat. Monash Criminology is committed to supporting and engaging postgraduates to produce high quality research and to become active, supportive and collaborative researchers. We also took time to note some of our recent postgraduate achievements including three Read more
  • On Monday 8 December, the 2014 Criminology Dissertation Prize was awarded to Madeleine Ulbrick for her thesis One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: In Defence of Defensive Homicide (see abstract below). Maddy was supervised by Dr Danielle Tyson and Dr Asher Flynn.  The award was presented at a School of Social Sciences morning tea event for all  recipients of Read more
  • Dr Asher Flynn has been appointed a Research Fellow in the School of Law at the University of Warwick for three years. As part of the Fellowship, Asher will spend two months visiting the School of Law in 2015, where she will contribute to teaching, research and postgraduate development. The Fellowship will allow Asher to build Read more
  • Dr Claire Spivakovsky has published a new article with Punishment & Society. The article explores the coercive, restrictive and punitive ways that people with intellectual disabilities are contained and controlled through civil law. Arguing that criminology has largely ignored the existence of such civil mechanisms for detaining people with intellectual disabilities, Claire provides a case study of one such measure: Read more
  • The School of Social Science, particularly sociology and criminology, contributed significantly to the recent International Symposia on Migration held at Deakin University. Dr Marie Segrave along with Assoc Professor Anita Harris and Emeritus Prof Gary Bouma were invited to present at the two Symposia co-hosted by the UNESCO Chair, Cultural Diversity and Social Justice, TASA and Read more
  • Criminology postgraduates are making their mark and we support all of their endeavours and celebrate their achievements! Graduations: Recently we celebrated Bridget Harris and Rachel Hale being awarded their PhDs at the October graduation ceremony. Congratulations to Dr Harris and Dr Hale! Conference organising and presentations: Brandy Cochrane and Kate Burns were part of the five-team organising Committee for Read more
  • 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