New Criminology Research Grants awarded by the Australian Institute of Criminology.

The AIC has announced important new funding that will support Australian academics to undertake cutting edge crime and justice research. We are pleased to announce eight new Criminology Research Grants, which have been selected by the Criminology Research Advisory Council and approved by the AIC Director.

These projects address a range of policy-relevant issues, including sex offender reintegration, the use of apps and video conferencing in prisons, youth offending, firearms, body-worn cameras, and the criminalisation of coercive control.

Further details of the projects include:

Organisation Chief Investigators Project Title
Queensland University of Technology Associate Professor Kelly Richards (Principal Chief Investigator), Dr Jodi Death (Chief Investigator), Dr Michael Chataway (Chief Investigator), Ms Carol Ronken (Chief Investigator), Dr Rebekah Chapman (Chief Investigator) & Inspector (Mr) Chris Emzin (Advisor)
Victims/survivors’ perspectives on sex offender reintegration: A mixed methods study
The University of Melbourne Prof. Stuart Ross (uni of Melbourne - Project Lead), Dr Mark Wood (Deakin University - Principal Researcher), Dr Hannah Graham (Stirling University, UK - Research Advisor), Mr Jason Morris (National Offender Monitoring Service, UK - Research Advisor). A Research Assistant - To be appointed
Digital service delivery applications in corrections: Uptake, impact and challenges in the wake of COVID 19
Monash University Dr Susan Baidawi (Principal Investigator), Professor Rosemary Sheehan (Principal Investigator), Dr Catherine Flynn (Principal Researcher) & Magistrate Jennifer Bowles (Research Advisor)
Children’s Court responses to young offenders: provisions and outcomes for 10 to 13-year-old children charged with offending
University of Sydney Professor Joel Negin (Principal Researcher), Professor Natasha Nassar (Principal Researcher, Research Advisor & Research Assistant), Dr Lorraine Ivancic (Lead Analyst) & Prof Don Weatherburn (Criminologist)
Identifying precursors and outcomes of firearm incidents in New South Wales: creating a data profile to examine firearm registration, domestic and family violence, and suicide to guide prevention and intervention
Swinburne University Associate Professor Stephane Shepherd (Principal Researcher), Professor James Ogloff (Research Advisor), Dr. Nina Papalia (Project Manager) & Research Assistant to be appointed
Exploring the transition from youth to adult offending - A 10-year follow-up study of Australian young people in custody
University of Wollongong Dr Natalia Hanley (Principal Researcher), Dr Elisabeth Duursma (Co-Principal Researcher), Associate Professor Amy Conley Wright (Co-Principal Researcher) & Mr Luke Grant (Associate Investigator)
Maintaining father-child relationships using video-visitation in Australian prisons
Deakin University Dr Mary Iliadis (Principal Researcher), Dr Bridget Harris (Chief Investigator), Dr Danielle Tyson (Chief Investigator), Associate Professor Asher Flynn (Chief Investigator) & Dr Zarina Vakhitova (Chief Investigator)
Police body-worn camera technology in response to domestic and family violence: a national study of victim-survivor perspectives and experiences
Monash University Associate Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon (Principal Researcher), Professor Sandra Walklate (Principal Researcher), Associate Professor Silke Meyer (Principal Researcher) & Research Assistant to be appointed The criminalisation of coercive control: a national study of victim/survivors’ views on the need for, benefits, risks and impacts of criminalisation

Australian Institute of Criminology Director, Mr Michael Phelan APM said that these projects cover a range of contemporary crime and justice issues.

“The evidence they will generate will be vital for shaping future policy. We look forward to working closely with the successful project teams,” Mr Phelan said.


The Criminology Research Grants (CRG) program is administered by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) and aims to support research relevant to current and future public policy issues, to foster quality criminological research and to ensure that funded research is disseminated effectively.

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