The Griffith Criminology Institute and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice are celebrating the Excellence in Research (ERA) 2015 results which rated Griffith’s Criminology research a “5”, well above world standard.
Evaluated by the Australian Research Council, ERA rates research areas 1-5 based on their level of excellence, with 5 the highest.
“This result is clearly outstanding” said Professor Ross Coomber, Director of the Griffith Criminology Institute.
“It is meaningful recognition for those working in crime and justice research at Griffith as well as a just reward for the university’s long-term investment strategy to the area.”
He said it was also recognition of the strength and depth of the many world-class criminology scholars at the university.
Criminology research at Griffith covers many areas of importance including: pathways to prevention, intimate partner violence, homicide and suicide, prisoners’ healthcare, social cohesion, social justice, drug and alcohol issues, policing and security and many more.
Consistent with this outcome, one of the leading scholars in the Griffith Criminology Institute, Professor Kathleen Daly was also recently honoured by the Australia and New Zealand Society of Criminology with two awards.
Professor Daly was awarded the 2015 Distinguished Criminologist Award for a ‘lifetime of outstanding, significant and sustained contributions to Australian and New Zealand criminology’.
She was also awarded the 2015 Christine M Alder Book Prize ‘for an outstanding contribution to criminology’ for her book Redressing Institutional Abuse of Children.
Griffith’s research excellence has broadened dramatically with 98 per cent of outputs assessed in fields rated at world standard or better, according to the results released on December 4.