Research

Staff at the Sydney Institute of Criminology are active researchers and consultants with international reputations and years of experience.

Recent research and scholarship highlights include:

  • Associate Professor Thomas Crofts, Associate Professor Murray Lee, Dr Alyce McGovern and Dr Sanja Milivojevic have published Sexting and Young People. This book empirically explores young people's practices and perceptions of sexting. It defines and surveys the various facets of sexting, and particularly addresses the ways in which sexting has been represented and responded to by the media, education campaigns and the law. It draws on a substantial body of qualitative and quantitative evidence of young people's views and experiences of sexting, a media discourse analysis capturing the tenure of public discussion about sexting, and an in-depth analysis of existing laws and sanctions that apply to sexting. Sexting and Young People also analyses the important broader socio-legal issues raised by sexting and the appropriateness of current responses. In doing so, this book offers important recommendations for policy makers and the legal system, and provides direction for future approaches to sexting research. For more information and to purchase the book, see here: Sexting and Young People
  • Associate Professor Thomas Croft and Associate Professor Arlie Loughnan are the editors of a new book titled Criminalisation and Criminal Responsibility in Australia. The book brings together significant contributions across the two major axes structuring criminal law scholarly thinking and criminal law scholarship in the current era – criminalisation and criminal responsibility. The contributions to this collection have been written by some of Australia’s leading criminal law and procedure scholars and canvass the law in all the states and territories in Australia. As such, the collection provides a snapshot of key issues apparent across the Australian criminal justice landscape, and showcases up-to-date critical scholarly analysis of these issues. For more information and to purchase the book, see here: Criminalisation and Criminal Responsibility in Australia
  • Dr Rita Shackel was awarded DVCI International Program Fund Development (IPDF) 2014: Transformative Gender Justice: A Global Symposium in partnership with UTS, ActionAid Australia, Kings College London & The African Gender Institute, South Africa. This grant will fund a major public event and host a specialist academic forum bringing together international leaders in transitional and gender justice in July 2015.
  • Dr Judy Cashmore, Dr Rita Shackel and Professor Patrick Parkinson have received a major grant from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to examine the impact of delayed reporting on the prosecution of child sexual offenses against children.
  • Dr Arlie Loughnan received an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award of $374,906 for her project Responsibility in criminal law. The principle of criminal responsibility lies at the heart of our criminal justice systems. This project provides a systematic analysis of criminal responsibility in the context of the NSW criminal law. It engages Australian scholarship in, and enhances Australia's contribution to, an important and growing field.
  • Dr Judy Cashmore was awarded $265,401 for an Australian Research Council Discovery Project How are decisions made in Children's Court care matters and what are the outcomes for children?. This research will examine, for the first time in Australia, the evidence provided to the courts, how it is used and viewed by legal and non-legal professionals, and how these link with children's experiences and their developmental outcomes.
  • Dr Arlie Loughnan's book Manifest Madness: Mental Incapacity in the Criminal Law was published by Oxford University Press.
  • Dr Murray Lee, Associate Professor Thomas Crofts, Dr Alyce McGovern (UNSW), Dr Michael Salter (UWS) and Dr Sanja Milivojevic (UNSW) received funding by the Criminology Research Council's Criminology Research Grants for their project Sexting and Young People: Perceptions, Practices, Policy and Law. This project is an interdisciplinary and multi-methods investigation of ‘sexting’ by young people. The project will allow us understand how young people perceive and practice ‘sexting’ and to assess the appropriateness of existing law and policy in this area.
  • Dr Murray Lee, Associate Professor Thomas Crofts, Dr Angela Dwyer (QUT), Dr Matthew Ball (QUT) and Dr Christine Bond (QUT) received funding by the Criminology Research Council's Criminology Research Grants for their project Reporting Victimisation to LGBTI Police Liaison Services: A mixed methods study across two Australian states. Relations between vulnerable LGBTI communities and police impact how or even if, LGBTI victims report to police liaison services. This study will be the first to ask police and LGBTI communities about LGBTI police liaison services in Queensland and New South Wales. This is vital to better understand the gap between increasing awareness of LGBTI police liaison services, and low rates of access of these services, and to create stronger engagement between police and LGBTI victims. To do this, the study develops and deploys a survey with LGBTI communities aged 15-65 and qualitative interviews with LGBTI police liaison services.
  • Dr Helen Paterson, along with her colleagues Dr Barbara Mullan, Dr Richard Kemp, and Associate Professor Michelle Moulds, has acquired ARC Linkage funding to work with WorkCover NSW to determine how to best preserve and record memory of accidents in the workplace using an immediate recall tool. Along with Scientia Professor Richard Bryant and Dr Richard Kemp, Helen has also acquired ARC Linkage funding to work with NSW Fire Brigades to 1) Develop an effective PTSD intervention for emergency service personnel, and 2) Ensure that the new intervention also preserves the integrity of the participants' memories for critical events.
  • Gail Mason, with Leslie Moran from Birkbeck College, was awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant of $164,338 for her project Hate Crime Laws and Justice. Gail Mason is also an investigator on a Linkage Project headed by Monash University titled Targeted Crime: policing and social inclusion. $233,000 has been awarded to the team who will partner with Victoria Police to look at the policing of incidents and crimes motivated by bias, prejudice or hatred towards members of particular groups, communities and individuals
  • Rita Shackel is collaborating with the Tilburg Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of Civil Law and Conflict Resolution Systems (TISCO) and the International Institute of Victimology Tilburg (INTERVICT) in undertaking comparative research on access to justice. This research focuses on the experiences of victims of crime in Australia adding to the project’s international perspective, which also includes Bulgaria, the United States, the Netherlands and aims to offer lessons from each jurisdiction
  • Pat O’Malley was awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant of $255,000 for his project Risk, Urban Security Networks and Fire Regulation
  • Mark Findlay along with Jake Lynch of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and Melinda Cooper from Sociology was awarded a $50,000 from the Institute of Social Sciences for their project Regulatory responses to global crime (The International Criminal Justices Project)