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  • The furore surrounding Operation Fortitude has brought into sharp focus the operation of Australia’s internal border. Monash Criminology’s Leanne Weber contributed to the debate with an Op Ed piece in The Conversation where she pointed out that similar multi-agency exercises had been taking place for many years, however without  advance publicity. Even so, this incident reveals a disturbing new direction in border control in Read more
  • The release of the Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council’s (SAC) latest report, Guilty Pleas in the Higher Courts: Rates, Timing and Discounts acknowledges the work of Monash University criminologist, Dr Asher Flynn – a national expert on plea negotiations.The SAC report is the first research of its kind in Victoria to reveal information on who pleads Read more
  • The Criminology team is proud to announce that Crystal Bruton has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Her thesis titled: “Stories of strength, survival and the family violence system: women’s experiences of separating from an abusive, intimate male partner”, which was supervised by  Dr Danielle Tyson and A/Prof Jo Lindsay, was awarded on Tuesday 4th August Read more
  • Pre-Crime: Preemption, Precaution and the Future by Jude McCulloch and Dean Wilson has been published by Routledge. Pre-crime aims to pre-empt ‘would-be-criminals’ and predict future crime. Although the term is borrowed from science fiction, the drive to predict and pre-empt crime is a present-day reality. This is what reviewers had to say about the book: ‘In this Read more
  • The arrival of Dr Jarrett Blaustein has injected new cross-disciplinary expertise in international relations, development policy and transitional justice into the Monash Criminology team. Dr. Blaustein previously worked as a lecturer at Aberystwyth University in Wales where he was nominated for a Student-led Teaching Award. He completed his PhD at the University of Edinburgh in Read more
  • Monash Criminology staff and students were enthusiastic participants at this year’ s Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Conference at the Queensland University of Technology.  The conference brings together distinguished international speakers from the UK, US, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Europe, New Zealand and Australia with an interest in links between crime, inequality and social justice. Read more
  • Congratulations to recent Monash Criminology PhD graduate, Dr Julie Ham who has secured a position as an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Criminology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Hong Kong. With Julie’s position starting in August, she says “I’m really excited to be joining the team in the Department of Read more
  • Monash Criminology was well represented at all levels at this year’s British Criminology Conference in Plymouth, with Monash academics and PhD students contributing to all aspects of the program. With the theme for this year’s conference being ‘Voyages of Critical Discovery’ it was fitting that Professor Sharon Pickering anchored the final plenary session on the nexus Read more
  • Professor Sandra Walklate is visiting Monash from late July to participate in a series of events and activities including a panel discussion on the controversial book and film Gone Girl, a research seminar focused on her recent research on terrorism and a master class on publishing with criminology post graduate students. Details about these events Read more
  •  The 2nd International “Addressing Filicide” Conference was held at the Monash Prato Centre in Tuscany, Italy, on 3-4 June. The conference was convened by Dr Danielle Tyson (Criminology, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Monash University) and Professor Thea Brown (Social Work, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University). The conference was Read more
  • Monash Criminology pays tribute to one of our outstanding postgraduate alumni, Dr Lucinda Jordan Davis, who passed away on the 5th May 2015. Lucinda brought to her Doctorate program a personal commitment to social justice, fostered in her previous employment within the Research and Social Policy Unit at Melbourne Citymission. Lucinda’s pursuit of postgraduate research was Read more
  • Congratulations to Dr. Debra Parkinson who was recently awarded her doctorate at a graduation ceremony on Thurs 21st May 2015. Dr Parkinson’s thesis titled ‘Women’s experiences of violence in the aftermath  of the Black Saturday bushfires’ was supervised by Professor Denise Cuthbert (RMIT), Dr Kirsten McLean (Monash Sociology) and Dr Danielle Tyson (Monash Criminology). In Read more
  • Monash Criminology celebrated yet another outstanding graduate success when Dr Emma Colvin was awarded her PhD on 21st May 2015. Emma completed her doctoral research on the use of therapeutic bail conditions in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria, supervised by Dr Bree Carlton and Professor Jude McCulloch. She used qualitative methods to examine the implementation and impact of pre-trial Read more
  • Two recent graduates from the Monash Criminology PhD program, Bridget Harris and Emma Ryan, have taken significant steps in their criminology careers by securing full time academic posts at other universities.  Dr Bridget Harris has obtained an ongoing lectureship at the University of New England after previously being employed on a significant research project at Read more
  • The Border Criminologies website at Oxford University has hosted a series of opinion pieces on the topic of internal border policing organised by Leanne Weber. In the opening post entitled ‘Border as Method: Tracing the internal border’ Leanne explained how governments are constructing ubiquitous internal borders that are deeply embedded within a wide range of administrative, enforcement and commercial processes.  She Read more
  • Monash Criminology hosted its fourth annual public event in the Criminological Horizons series on Wednesday May 13, ‘Beyond Imprisonment: Innovation and reform opportunities for Victoria’. This year a new informal, lunch time format was introduced involving an expert panel and an engaging Q&A approach. The event was a great success with a capacity audience of government Read more
  • Professor Jude McCulloch is among four speakers  at a panel discussion being held at RMIT on Thursday May  21 from  4-5.30 pm.  The event entitled  ‘Resistance is Useless?  The globalization of state crime and the denial of history’ is part of a seminar series exploring ‘Global Frictions’. The panel will discuss how the distinction between domestic criminals and international threats is Read more
  • Congratulations to Dr Claire Spivakovsky who has won the 2015 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research by an Early Career Researcher. Claire completed her PhD in 2010 and joined the Monash Criminology team in 2013 after five years of research experience in both academia and the not-for-profit sector. Before taking up her post as Lecturer in Criminology, Claire Read more
  • Dr Lennon Chang has become the  newest member of the growing Monash Criminology team. Before his appointment as a lecturer, he worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Social Studies at the City University of Hong Kong. He was awarded his PhD by the Australian National University in November 2010 and has a Master in Criminology Read more
  • Congratulations to Sharon Pickering and Julie Ham who have won the 2014 Radzinowicz Memorial Prize for the best article published in the British Journal of Criminology with their provocative  piece ‘Hotpants at the Border: Sorting sex work from trafficking’. The prize is awarded to the article that contributes most to the knowledge of criminal justice and Read more