Taking Australian criminology research world wide

The latest in Australian criminology research was well represented at conferences in Sweden and Norway recently.

Researchers from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice presented a range of research at the Stockholm Criminology Symposium, an annual event for researchers, policy-makers and practitioners interested in the latest crime policy research.

Professor Anna Stewart, Dr Tara McGee, Ms Sue Donkin and Ms Li Eriksson spoke in a panel on criminology and criminal justice research from Australia. Their topics included the link between exposure to violence in childhood and partner violence perpetration; race, sex and offending trajectories; the evolution of pre-emption in anti-terrorism law; and alcohol consumption by university students. Associate Profesor Janet Ransley, Head of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, presented on mandatory detention of asylum seekers and Dr Hennessey Hayes presented on restorative justice perspectives and experiences.

Their sessions were well attended and provided the opportunity to discuss Australian research with international colleagues.

Jan van Dijk won the 2012 Stockholm Prize in Criminology which was presented by Sweden’s Queen Sylvia, followed by a gala dinner at Berns Salonger.

A number of staff also presented at the 21st Symposium on Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis held in Norway recently. This symposium brings together the world’s leading researchers who focus on reducing opportunities for crime by studying crime-prone places, people and problems.

Presenters at this invitation only symposium included Professor Anna Stewart, Dr Danielle Reynald, Dr Michael Townsley and Professor Stephen Smallbone.

“Griffith criminologists’ presence at international events such as these are important for building international partnerships as well as publicising the strength and quantity of our research. They cement our reputation as the leading Australian criminology research centre, and help place us among world leaders in our field,” said Associate Professor Ransley.