Our postgraduate students

Name Degree Principal Supervisor Associate Supervisor Thesis research title
Ross Abbs PhD Loughnan, A Crofts, T Criminal Justice in the High Court
Julie Patricia Beesley PhD Lee, M Findlay, M Organised Chaos: Bring Complexity to Organised Crime and Terrorism
Raymond Max Brazil SJD Savell, K Cashman, P The Evolution of the Duties, Powers and Responsibilities of Australian State and Territory Coroners 1788-2008
Justin Ellis PhD Lee, M Mason, G Dealing with the digital: police legitimacy in the age of social media
Pota Forrest-Lawrence PhD Mason, G Lee, M The Media's Representation of the Crystal Methamphetamine ("ice") issue and its influence on Australian Illicit Drug Policies
Carolyn McKay PhD Mason, G Gibson, R (SCA) Video conferencing from prison: inmates and the posthuman courtroom
Tanya Louise Mitchell PhD  Findlay, M Loughnan, A Legitimacy and Order: Why Obey When I Am Not Included?

Recently completed projects

Linda Steele PhD thesis (awarded 2014) Disability at the Margins: Diversion, Cognitive Impairment and the Criminal Law.


This thesis is an interdisciplinary theoretical and empirical analysis of the diversion of individuals with cognitive impairment from the NSW Local Court pursuant to section 32 of the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 (NSW) (‘section 32’). This thesis approaches section 32 through an interdisciplinary analytical framework that has theoretical and empirical dimensions. The thesis draws on analytical tools from Foucaultian theory, critical legal and political theory and critical disability studies. The thesis’s interdisciplinary theoretical analysis of section 32 is illuminated and augmented by drawing on two sets of empirical data on section 32. The first set of empirical data is linked institutional data on the diagnostics, demographics and criminal justice pathways of a sample of 129 individuals with cognitive impairment who have received section 32 orders and have been incarcerated during their lives. The second set of empirical data is the transcripts and court file data of section 32 court matters made by a small sample of individuals with cognitive impairment.

The central argument or thesis of the thesis is that section 32 enables the criminal legal regulation of individuals with cognitive impairment who are otherwise beyond such regulation because they exceed the limits of trial, conviction and sentence. This criminal legal regulation is possible, necessary and realisable because of the production of these individuals through the determination of their section 32 applications as impaired criminal legal subjects. The thesis identifies a number of effects of this regulation: section 32 furthers the criminalisation of individuals with cognitive impairment in the criminal justice system, marginalises the social, political, historical, material and institutional dimensions of the identities, circumstances and criminal justice pathways of individuals with cognitive impairment, promotes associations between cognitive impairment and deviance, risk and the need for management, and contributes to the ordering of the criminal law jurisdiction. Ultimately, while diversion and cognitive impairment sit at the margins of critical legal scholarship, the thesis’s analysis of section 32 establishes that diversion and cognitive impairment should actually be located at the core of critical and political engagements with the criminal law.

Amanda Porter PhD thesis (awarded 2014) Decolonising juvenile justice: Aboriginal patrols, safety and the policing of Indigenous communities.


This thesis is about the decolonisation of juvenile justice in New South Wales. It considers how 'decolonisation' might be understood, realised and contested in Aboriginal communities in New South Wales. This thesis uses 'Aboriginal Patrols' - a term which reflects collectively to Night Patrols, Streetbeats and other forms of Aboriginal community policing - as a lens through which to critically examine contemporary issues in the policing of Indigenous Australian communities and, more broadly, as a way of exploring some of the complexities involved in thinking and practising the decolonisation of juvenile justice. This thesis consisted of an empirical study of Aboriginal Patrols in NSW from 1980 to present. It documents the development of Aboriginal Patrols, how they are perceived by the community and others, and the associated discourses surrounding them in policy and academic literature.

Garner Clancey PhD thesis (awarded 2014) Implications of a Local Case Study for Crime Prevention Practice and Policy, and Criminology’s ‘Grand Narratives’.


There has been a growing focus on crime prevention in the criminological literature in recent decades. Despite this growing interest, much remains unknown. This is true at both the practical, applied level and the conceptual, theoretical level. This thesis extends our understanding of crime prevention on both levels. This thesis comprehensively describes diverse methods of crime prevention operating in the Glebe postcode area (Sydney, Australia). This case study of the Glebe postcode area was developed to provide a looking glass into crime prevention practices. By having a narrow geographical focus for the research, it was possible to develop a deep understanding of the intricate networks and activities that directly and indirectly contribute to the prevention of crime in the area. Rarely has such close attention been paid to these dimensions of, and conditions and contexts for, crime prevention in Australia. Description and analysis of wider policies and programs provide important context for this case study. Trends in local forms of crime prevention and state-wide (that is, New South Wales) developments place the case study in a historical and policy context. Analysis of these wider trends and forces reveals the similarities of the findings from the Glebe case study with these longer-term trends.

A number of findings emerged from this Glebe case study relevant to crime prevention policy and practice. Significantly, a plethora of activities and programs was identified that seek to prevent crime or contribute to the prevention of crime. By adopting a place-based analysis, it was possible to observe the layers of prevention operating in the area that other forms or scope of analysis risk missing. The limited previous capture of these crime prevention activities raises questions about what is known about prevention, the efficacy of a crime prevention evidence base, and subsequent theorising.