New Editorial Team – QUT Centre for Justice Briefing Paper Series

We welcome a new Editorial Team for the QUT Centre for Justice Briefing Paper Series – Associate Professor Michael Flood (Justice), Dr Laura Vitis (Justice) and Associate Professor Deanna Grant-Smith (Business).

Briefing Papers provide short, accessible accounts of issues related to justice. They are designed for policy makers and non-specialist audiences who want a quick and credible overview of a topic. Briefing papers are a great way to disseminate and promote research you have already done, or establish a content area that you are working on.

The Editorial Team are responsible for calling for papers or soliciting particular pieces, liaising with potential authors and editing each issue.  We are delighted to have a team that represents a number of different areas of the Centre, and we know that they will bring their individual areas of expertise in pulling each edition together.

This link is a previous Briefing Paper from our series, published to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Fitzgerald Inquiry in 2019.

Keep an eye out for some really interesting papers coming out over the next few months.  And please get in touch with Michael, Laura or Deanna to see how your research could feature in the series.


Sergeant Richard Monaei – Guest Lecturer – Justice

We were delighted to welcome Sergeant Richard Monaei to QUT School of Justice today to deliver a guest lecture to our 2nd Year Justice students. Sergeant Monaei was able to draw upon shared/lived experience of 23 years as a serving police officer across the state and in various roles, to give the students an appreciation & understanding of real policing in context.

Sergeant Monaei also identifies as First Nation and his QPS career includes many highlights in this space including a project coordinating the Indigenous Cadetship Program, follow-up Review to Restoring Order Report (Indigenous Policing in Indigenous Communities) – Crime Corruption Commission, Tactical Specialist Operator (12yrs), Indigenous Leadership Program (Benevolent Society, Sydney)and Senior Project Officer – QPS Inclusion & Diversity Program.

A great example of positive partnerships and real life engagement at QUT School of Justice.




Media: Sally Muytjens PhD research featured in The Age and SMH

Dr Sally Muytjens completed her PhD topic in 2019 under the topic, An exploration of the existence of clergy child sexual abuse dark networks within the Victorian catholic church.

Sally’s research has now been featured in an article in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald (23 February 2020) titled, Study identifies 16 child sex abuse rings in Victorian Catholic Church.  

Congratulations Sally on such great research impact.



Special Issue: International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy

Ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8 2020 – a special issue of International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy.

 The first issue for 2020 of the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy is now available.  This special issue titled ‘The Social Protection of Women and Girls: Links to Crime and Justice at CSW63’ contains a selection of articles from presentations at a series of parallel and side events held at the Commission on the Status of Women’s 63rd session (CSW63) at the UN Headquarters in New York City, US (March 2019). Guest editors Dr Sheetal Ranjan, Dr Rosemary Barberet, Dr Dawn Beichner and Dr Elaine Arnull have compiled an impressive array of articles from six panel events focusing on women, crime and justice.

Included in this issue are considerations related to gendered violence. Lori K. Sudderth’s paper represents the depth of developing practice in this area to ‘de-normalise’ violence within the family and the difficulties of undertaking this work, which include a lack of funding and the vulnerabilities of those taking part. Amelia Roskin-Frazee, examines higher education institutions’ efforts to address sexual violence that is perpetrated against women with marginalised identities. Roskin-Frazee gathered and analysed student sexual violence policies at 80 higher education institutions in Australia, Canada, the UK and the US. Not surprisingly, she found that these policies failed to account for how race, sexuality, class and disability shape women’s experiences of sexual violence. Kerry Carrington, Natacha Guala, María Victoria Puyol and Máximo Sozzo examine how women’s police stations empower women, widen access to justice and prevent gender violence by turning around the patriarchal norms that sustain it. Cassia Spohn, in her paper, asks why the criminal justice system’s response to the crime of rape has not improved significantly in the past half century.

Policing and incarceration is the focus of several papers: Pilar Larroulet, Catalina Droppelmann, Paloma Del Villar, Sebastian Daza and Ana Figueroa explore ‘Who is transitioning out of prison? Characterizing female offenders and their needs in Chile’. Judith Ryder discusses the ways in which education can be a gateway to social and economic mobility for incarcerated women. Andrea Leverentz, urges readers to consider the unique ways in which women’s role as primary care provider differentially affects their pathways home from prison and the disruption posed by their incarceration on their children’s lives.

This special issue will be of particular relevance to two events taking place in 2020: the 14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, to be held in Kyoto, Japan on 20–27 April, and the CSW’s 64th session, to be held in March 2020 in New York City.

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the main intergovernmental body exclusively concerned with gender equality and the empowerment of women. Established in 1946, the CSW is a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council of the UN. The commission is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the global reality of women’s lives and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women

Any questions or feedback on the Journal can be sent to Tracy Creagh, Journal Manager –

Media: Professor Kerry Carrington on RN Breakfast with Fran Kelly

QUT C4J member, and Head of School, School of Justice, Faculty of Law, QUT, Professor Kerry Carrington was interviewed on ABC Radio National this morning in response to the death of three children who were killed after the car they were travelling in was set on fire allegedly by their father, who also died at the scene from self-inflicted stab wounds.

The mother died last night after suffering critical injuries.

It comes just weeks after government figures revealed Queensland courts were dealing with a growing backlog of domestic violence claims, now exceeding 70,000.

Professor Carrington offers insight into the structural changes needed in our system if we are going to really address this growing societal issue.

Listen here


The ultimate PhD gift …

Looking for a great gift for that special PhD graduant in your life?

Sally Muytjens recently completed her PhD on “Clergy child sex abuse dark networks”, which took 3.5 years to complete.  Some of her oldest girlfriends pooled together and bought her the ultimate gift – a warm cosy blanket printed with her entire thesis.  Such a great gift and we couldn’t help but share.

Congratulations Sally – stay warm!

Call for Abstracts: Beyond Cybercrime – New perspectives on crime, harm and digital technologies


An International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy special issue

Guest editors: Faith Gordon, Alyce McGovern, Chrissy Thompson, Mark A Wood

Abstract submission deadline: 30/04/2020

The last decade has seen the emergence of scholarship examining the nexus between crime, justice and digital technologies through a distinctly critical criminological lens. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to the nexus between crime, digital technologies, and justice, such digital criminological scholarship encompasses and extends the remit of traditional ‘cyber’ and computer crime research. In doing so, it also attempts to rethink how digital technologies are conceptualised and accounted for in criminological research, moving beyond notions of cyberspace and online/offline dichotomies to account for the increasingly ‘onlife’ way technologies change how crime is perceived, perpetrated, and responded to.

This special issue seeks to further expand digital criminological scholarship through critically examining how digital technologies are conceptualised within research into crime and justice. In doing so, the editors welcome contributions that bring criminology into conversation with fields such as digital sociology, human-computer interaction, media studies, science and technology studies, software studies, and the philosophy of technology. The editors invite articles that take an interdisciplinary approach to rethinking the crime-technology nexus in research concerning issues including, but not limited to:

  • Computer-facilitated crime
  • Surveillance, sousveillance, and counter-surveillance
  • Digilantism, informal justice and social media activism
  • Big Data, preventive policing, and criminal justice
  • Crime prevention
  • Public criminology
  • Crime causation theory
  • State and corporate crime
  • Global crime

Submissions: submitted abstracts should be no longer than 300-words. If you are interested in contributing to this special issue, please send your abstract to guest editor Mark A Wood (

Following review of abstracts, authors will be notified June 30, 2020 of whether a full paper will be invited for submission. Accepted authors will have until December 30, 2020 to submit their articles to the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy.

Length and other formatting issues for accepted papers will follow normal International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy guidelines, which can be accessed at:

Book reviews: the editors also welcome book reviews and book review symposia on contemporary texts that examine the nexus between crime, justice and digital technologies, as well as reviews of texts from beyond criminology that might inform studies of this nexus. If you are interested in contributing a book review or book review symposium, please contact guest editor Faith Gordon (

About the journal: The International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy is an open access, SCImago Q2 ranked (Journal H Index = 11), blind peer-reviewed journal that publishes critical research about challenges confronting criminal justice systems around the world.

More information on the journal can be found at:


Event: Coffee with a Cop

Interested in policing? Come on down to Aroma’s Cafe at Gardens Point campus on Wednesday the 19th of February at 1pm to talk to some of your local police officers about their jobs and the many jobs within Queensland Police Service.

This is a great opportunity, especially for incoming students, to get to know their fellow students whilst learning how you can get more involved in QUT and the community.

This event is brought to you by the QUT Justice Society.  Follow them on Facebook.

Welcome – QUT School of Justice – Dr Caitlin Mollica

We welcome Dr. Caitlin Mollica as a Lecturer within QUT School of Justice, Faculty of Law.  Caitlin completed her PhD at Department of Government and International Relations at Griffith University (2018). Caitlin’s research interests include youth, gender, transitional justice and human rights. Caitlin’s primary research considers the engagement of young people with transitional justice and human rights practices.  Her work also examines the unique ways girls and young women access justice in the Asia Pacific.

Caitlin’s published work examines the contributions of Solomon Islander youth to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission process and highlights the importance of recognising the agency and individual voices of youth as a way to ensure more inclusive and holistic reconciliation practices. Caitlin has been co-investigator on a UN Women-funded research project, that mapped women’s access to formal and informal justice processes in Asia and the Pacific (2019). In 2019, she was awarded a New Researcher Grant from Griffith University to conduct a pilot study for a project on the implementation of UN Resolution 2250 on Youth Peace and Security (2019)Caitlin also secured funding, in collaboration with Dr. Helen Berents (QUT Centre for Justice), from the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) for a workshop on Youth and Peace in the Indo-Pacific (2019).  This workshop brought together scholars and practitioners to consider how policy responses and scholarship can better engage with the peace and security challenges facing young people in the region.

Currently, Caitlin is developing a project that examines the relationship between donors and youth in the broader context of the new international mandate on youth inclusive peace building.

A warm welcome to Caitlin from all of us at QUT Centre for Justice.


Welcome – QUT School of Justice – Dr Danielle Watson

We welcome Dr Danielle Watson as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Justice, Faculty of Law.   

Danielle was awarded a PhD in Sociolinguistics from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine in 2016.  She was the former coordinator of the Pacific Policing Programme at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji. Danielle specializes in police/civilian relations on the margins with particular interests in hotspot policing, police recruitment and training as well as many other areas specific to policing in developing country contexts. Her research interests are multidisciplinary in scope as she also conducts research geared towards the advancement of tertiary teaching and learning.

Danielle is the principal researcher on two ongoing projects “Policing Pacific Island Communities” and “Re-Imagining Graduate Supervision at Regional Universities”. She is also the lead author (with Erik Blair) of Reimagining Graduate Supervision in Developing Contexts: A Focus on Regional Universities (2018, Taylor and Francis), and sole author of Police and the Policed: Language and Power Relations on the Margins of the Global South (2018, Palgrave Macmillan).

Danielle has received several awards and grants to conduct research in Trinidad and Tobago, Germany, Austria, Canada, Australia and Fiji. Among the prestigious awards she received were a Caribbean-Pacific Island Mobility Scheme (CARPIMS) PhD Mobility Scholarship (2014), an Australian Government Endeavour Executive Fellowship (2016) and a British Academy Fellowship (2018).

Danielle is passionate about working with all stakeholders involved in the maintenance of law and order, and hopes to advance policing policies and practices through academic outreach.

Welcome Danielle!

On Friday we will profile our third and final new member to the school.