New Criminology Research Grants awarded by the Australian Institute of Criminology

The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) has announced important new funding that will support Australian academics to undertake cutting edge crime and justice research.

AIC Director Michael Phelan said he was pleased to approve funding for 8 new projects under the Criminology Research Grants (CRG) program, which have been selected by the Criminology Research Advisory Council.

“The projects address a diverse range of policy-relevant issues, including family and domestic violence, coercive control, child sexual abuse, out-of-school suspension and ransomware,” he said.

The principal objectives of the CRG program are to support criminological research that is relevant to public policy and to promote the value and use of such research.

“The successful projects announced today all have a practical application and contribute to the understanding, prevention or correction of criminal behaviour. These projects support the objectives of Australian criminal justice systems, and will provide evidence to shape future policy.

“We look forward to working closely with the successful project teams, over the next 2 years,” Mr Phelan said.

Further details of the projects include:

Organisation Investigator Project Title
Deakin University

Dr Diarmaid Harkin       
Dr Mary Iliadis
Professor Marilyn McMahon 
Ms Karen Bentley


Can CCTV provide safety and security for victim-survivors of domestic and family violence?
Deakin University

Chad Whelan 
David Bright
Dr James Martin
Benoît Dupont


Revealing the hidden networks of criminal groups conducting and facilitating ransomware attacks
The University
of Queensland
Adrian Cherney


Testing the application of violent extremism risk assessment to individuals who have radicalised in Australia


Griffith University

Dr James Ogilvie
Dr Lisa Thomsen
Dr Carleen Thompson

Associate Professor
John Rynne
Ms Yolonda Adams


Examining the impact of childhood sexual abuse victimisation on adolescent offending outcomes
University of
New South Wales

Dr Ye In (Jane) Hwang 
Professor Tony Butler
Handan Wand
Dr Stephen Allnutt


Examining the effectiveness of mental health treatment pathways for preventing violent offending in at-risk individuals with psychosis
Monash University

Associate Professor
Asher Flynn
Associate Professor Anastasia Powell
Karen Bentley


Technology-facilitated coercive control: Mapping women’s diverse pathways to safety and justice
University of Technology

Associate Professor
Kristin R. Laurens
Linda J. Graham
Kimberlie Dean
Melissa J. Green


Out-of-school suspension and police contact: Identifying early opportunities to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline
Griffith University

Associate Professor Christine Bond
Dr Chelsea Leach
Dr Brian Jenkins
Dr Natasha Madon


Evaluating an intervention for young people engaged in family and relationship violence: Expanding the evidence-base


The CRG program is administered by the AIC and is supported by the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments. It 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.

All selected projects remain subject to execution of a contract.

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