Director – Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Research Centre

QUT Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Research Centre Director, Professor Reece Walters will be departing QUT to take up a leadership role at Deakin University. Reece’s last day will be Friday 12 October.

Reece has been with QUT for seven years, during which time he has made significant leadership contributions to the School and Faculty, first as ADR and more recently as Director of the CJSDRC. His collegiality, friendship and support will be missed by staff in the Faculty and School.   Reece will continue on as an Adjunct Professor to the School, so our association with him will continue when he takes up his new role.

We are pleased to advise that Professor Melissa Bull will be taking up the role as Director, Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Research Centre from 29 October 2018.  Melissa was recently appointed as a Professor to the School of Justice and as previously reported, Melissa is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University. Her two main areas of research include drug regulation and policing diversity. Her work involves theoretically informed analysis of policy and its translation in to practice in different contexts. Recently this has extended to comparative criminological investigation that considers how various criminal justice responses to offending behaviour translate across differently organised states. Melissa’s current research projects include work that focuses on harm reduction and drug law reform in China and Australia, as well as a project with colleagues from the University of Queensland that explores new ways of thinking about policing in Pacific Island states.

Melissa has published widely on drug regulation and drug control, sentencing and punishment, long term immigration detention, community policing and diversity, counter terrorism narratives and prevention programs, and gender violence in Pacific island states. While at Griffith University she has held a number of research leadership roles, including Deputy Director and then Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (2012-15). Since 2016 she has been the leader of the Justice, Law and Society research program in the Griffith Criminology Institute.

We look forward to welcoming Melissa in her new role, and we wish Reece all the very best in his future endeavours.


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