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

Recent research

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).

Postgraduate Research

Postgraduate researchers in Criminology are advancing scholarship across the discipline. Current research projects are detailed below.

Criminology postgraduates at Monash are supported and encouraged in contributing to the field in the early stages of their research careers and recent achievements are detailed on this page.

Postgraduate researcher achievements

Recent publications from our postgraduate researchers include:

Ham, J., & Gerard, A. (2013). ‘Strategic in/visibility: Does agency make sex workers invisible?Criminology and Criminal Justice, 14(3): 298-313.

Ham, J. (2014) Review of Body/Sex/Work: Intimate, Embodied and Sexualized Labour. By Carol Wolkowitz, Rachel Lara Cohen, Teela Sanders and Kate Hardy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, 261pp.£ 31.99 pb). British Journal of Criminology,  2014.

Pickering, S. and Ham, J. (eds.) (forthcoming, October 2014) The Routledge Handbook on Crime and International MigrationRoutledge.

Postgraduate alumni achievements

Lucinda Jordan is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice in the School of Law at Deakin University.

Alison Gerard, is a Senior Lecturer at Charles Sturt University. She recently co-authored (with Pickering) ‘The Crime and Punishment of Somali women’s extra-legal arrival in Malta’ published in The British Journal of Criminology.

James Martin has recently been appointed as a Senior Lecturer and program coordinator in The Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism at Macquarie University.

Research topics

Criminology postgraduate alumni

Name PhD/MA Thesis title Supervisors
Crystal Bruton PhD Intimate partner homicide in the context of separation: A re-examination of the issues Dr Danielle Tyson
Dr Jo Lindsay
Fairleigh Glimour PhD Transitions in and out of sex work. Dr Danielle Tyson
Associate Professor JaneMaree Maher
Julie Ham PhD Migrant sex workers in Australia and Canada Prof Sharon Pickering 
Dr Marie Segrave
Bodean Hedwards PhD Prof Sharon Pickering 
Dr Marie Segrave
Mary Ilidias
Christine Kirtley MA An existential examination of the role that Drug Treatment Orders play in women’s desistance from crime Prof Sharon Pickering
Dr Asher Flynn
Michelle Sibinek PhD The application of anti-stalking legislation Dr Anna Eriksson
Dr Asher Flynn
Dr Troy McEwan
Kelly Sundberg PhD Comparing approaches to immigration enforcement: A study of Canada and Australia Prof. Jude McCulloch
Prof Sharon Pickering 
Laura Vitis PhD The age of innocence and the new child pornography Dr Marie Segrave
Dr Danielle Tyson
Richard Watkins PhD Developing a model of intervention to reduce road trauma amongst young people based on incentives and restorative justice