Dr Don Weatherburn

Don Weatherburn received his BA with first class honours from the University of Sydney in 1974. In 1979 he completed his Ph.D on mathematical models of the sensory decision process in 1979 under the supervision of Professor R.A Champion. Following a brief period lecturing in the School of Justice Administration at Charles Sturt University he became interested in crime and criminal justice research. In 1983 he was appointed Senior Research Officer at the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research. In 1987 he was appointed Foundation Director of Research at the NSW Judicial Commission and in 1989 he was appointed Director of the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, a position he has held ever since.

Don Weatherburn is probably best known among criminologists for his work on sentencing, drug law enforcement markets and the influence of economic factors on crime. Although the content of his undergraduate and postgraduate research has no immediate bearing on his current interests, his training at Sydney University Psychology Department still exerts a strong influence on his work. He retains a strong belief in the fundamental role of theory in guiding scientific observation and considers he benefitted enormously from his training in report writing, statistics and mathematical models of human behavior.

Biography: Dr Don Weatherburn

Dr Don Weatherburn has been Director of the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research in Sydney since 1988 and is an Adjunct Professor with the School of Social Science and Policy at the University of New South Wales.

He has published on a wide range of topics: including drug law enforcement policy, liquor-licensing enforcement, the economic and social correlates of crime, criminal justice administration, juvenile recidivism and crime prevention. He has also published two books: Delinquent-prone Communities (published by Cambridge University Press in 2001) and Law and Order in Australia: Rhetoric and Reality (published by Federation Press in 2004).