Mrs Estrella Pearce

BSocSc; BSocSc(Criminlogy)Hons


Biographical details

Estrella Pearce joined the University of Sydney as a lecturer in criminology at the Department of Sociology and Social Policy in July 2019. Her PhD in Criminology (currently under examination) was completed at Western Sydney University while teaching in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology where she taught victimology, crime and criminal justice, prisons and punishment, culture and crime, crime and deviance, and juvenile justice.

Estrella’s PhD thesis - ‘Under-utilisation of youth diversion: exploring multiple perspectives’ focuses on the institutional factors and individual actors directly involved in the application of theYoung Offenders Act 1997 (NSW) to explain the wide failure of diversion in NSW. Drawing on in-depth interviews with experienced NSW police, magistrates and youth justice personnel, the study analyses the decision-making process on diversion while presenting rival perspectives on the under-utilisation of youth diversion under the Act. Paying particular attention to theories and practices of ‘risk’ management the research critically examines the reasons behind youth diversion failures focusing on both broader social/political and micro institutional reasons.

Research interests

Estrella’s main research areas include an exploration of restorative justice practices, particularly in the context of youth justice. She also has an interest in exploring the various ways in which the broader social/political and micro institutional practices within the criminal justice system, affect young women and young Indigenous people. Aside this, she has recently developed an interest on the area of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).

Teaching and supervision

CRIM2602 Crime, Punishment and Society

SLSS1003 Law and Contemporary Society


Member, Sydney Institute of Criminology

Member, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology

Member, Youth Justice, An International Journal

Selected guest speaker in presentations

Presentation to Juvenile Justice NSW Executive Committee-Under-utilising youth diversion; Exploring criminal justice perspectives- findings of a three- year thesis project.(2018)

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