• 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

    Dr Paddy Rawlinson, Convenor of Criminology,  researches in the area of transnational and organised crime in the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe. Her book From Fear to Fraternity: A Russian Tale of Crime, Economy and Modernity was published by Pluto Press in 2010.

    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.

    Professor Mary Bosworth (Monash University and Oxford University)  is currently conducting an ethnography of life in immigration detention centres in the UK. Some of her most recent publications include articles in Theoretical Criminology, Standford Law and Policy Review. She has recently published What is Criminology? (OUP) with Hoyle in 2011.

    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), this follows the success of their 2006 edited collection, Borders, Mobility and Technologies of Control.

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

    Dr Bree Carlton and Dr Marie Segrave’s Surviving Outside is a qualitative project that documents women’s experiences of post-release support and survival in Victoria. They have published a number of articles from their findings including in The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology  and Punishment and Society

    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 Sweden. 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 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 Asher Flynn is a socio-legal scholar, who researches and publishes in the areas of plea bargaining (negotiated resolutions), prosecutorial discretion, legal decision-making, and the administration of justice, with a particular focus on issues pertaining to court efficiency and resources, victims’ and accused persons’ rights, perceptions of justice in the modern era and Legal Aid. Dr Flynn utilises qualitative research methods including in-depth interviews and observations, to critically analyse the operation of criminal justice processes in a domestic and international context. Dr Flynn’s most recent publications include A Second Chance for Justice: The Prosecutions of Gabe Watson for the Death of Tina Thomas (Cambridge Scholars Publishing – co-authored with Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon), ‘Bargaining with Justice: Victims, Plea Bargaining and the Victims’ Charter Act’, Monash University Law Review, vol 32, no 3; ‘A Committal waste of time? Reforming Victoria’s pre-trial process: Lessons from other jurisdictions’, Criminal Law Journal (forthcoming), and ‘Disputing Consent: The role of jury directions in Victoria’, Current Issues in Criminal Justice, vol 24, no 2.

    Dr James Roffee’s field of expertise concerns responses to sexual offences, especially relating to familial sexual abuse. James has worked on legal responses to incest in England, Wales and Scotland as well as Chairing the Incest and Sexual Abuse Survivors Trust. His research has focused on interdisciplinary responses including engaging mental health professionals as well as reviewing punitive responses to familial sexual activity. Other research has focused on a human rights oriented approach to the problem and community responses to incest.

    Dr Claire Spivakovsky has worked in the academic, community and government sectors developing a range of social justice projects. Claire’s first book, Racialized Correctional Governance: The Mutual Constructions of Race and Criminal Justice, is due to be published in April 2013 as part of Ashgate Publishing’s Advances in Criminology Series.

    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:

    James Martin (2012) Informal Security Nodes and Force Capital, Policing and Society.
    David Vakalis (2012) Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, Overland30 January 2012.

    Bridget Harris (with Megan Blair) (2012) Just Spaces: Community Legal Centers as levelling places of law, Alternative Law Journal.

    Postgraduate alumni achievements

    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.

    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, whose PhD thesis was recently passed, has been appointed as 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.

    Kate Fitzgibbon recently co-edited a special edition of The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, and published (with Sharon Pickering) in The British Journal of Criminology. Kate was recently appointed as a Lecturer in Criminology at Deakin University.

    Emma Ryan is now working with the Office of Police Integrity in Victoria and has recently submitted for examination her thesis focused on sub-lethal weapons and Victorian Police.

    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 Dr Anna Eriksson
    Prof. Max Cameron