Policing in the South Pacific: University of the South Pacific


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Image 1:  John Scott with members of the USP Policing Program, Danielle Watson and Casandra Harry

Image 2:  Vice Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific, Professor Rajesh Chandra

CJRC member and Acting Head of School of Justice at QUT, Professor John Scott, recently visited the University of the South Pacific’s main Fiji campus where he engaged with staff in the School of Social Sciences about a number of ongoing initiatives in the space of southern criminology. In particular, QUT staff, and staff of the Pacific Policing Program, USP, are collaborating on projects  looking at policing in the Pacific, and the ecology of crime in island communities.

The Discipline Coordinator of the USP Policing program, Dr Danielle Watson is an Adjunct with the School of Justice






Recently published: Technology facilitated coercive control: Domestic violence and the competing roles of digital media platforms

Molly Dragiewicz, Jean Burgess, Ariadna Matamoros-Fernández, Michael Salter, Nicolas P. Suzor, Delanie Woodlock & Bridget Harris recently published Technology facilitated coercive control: Domestic violence and the competing roles of digital media platforms. Feminist Media Studies, 18(4), 609–625. https://doi.org/10.1080/14680777.2018.1447341

This article is part of a special issue of Feminist Media Studies on Online Misogyny, edited by Debbie Ging and Eugenia Siapera. Read more

Publication: Police perceptions of prejudice: how police awareness training influences the capacity of police to assess prejudiced motivated crime

CJRC member, Dr Toby Miles-Johnson has recently published an article in the journal Policing and Society, Volume 28, Issue 6, August 2018.  This is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online.


Prejudice motivated crime (PMC) is defined as crimes motivated by bias, prejudice or hatred towards members of particular groups, communities and individuals. To understand how police awareness training facilitates or constrains the capacity of police officers to appropriately classify and respond to PMC, data were collected from a population of Police Recruits (PRs) and Protective Service Officers (PSOs) (N = 1609) to ascertain their perceptions of PMC pre- and post-PMC awareness training. These were used in a logistic regression model to identify factors explaining whether PRs and PSOs would identify a vignette/scenario as a PMC. We found PRs and PSOs were more likely to correctly identify a PMC scenario than a control scenario, but only 61% as likely to identify an incident as PMC post-PMC awareness training after accounting for other variables. We argue that awareness training programmes need to be more aligned to the specific needs of policing in diverse societies.

The full article can be found here:  https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10439463.2016.1206099


Professor John Scott elected Vice-President #Asian #Criminological Society

Professor John Scott has been elected one of three Vice-President’s for the Asian Society of Criminology 2019-2021. Wai Ting Cheung ü R. Thilagaraj were elected the two other Vice-Presidents. Professor Setsuo Miyazawa from Japan was elected the President. Congratulations all and wishing you all the best for the Annual conference of the Asian Criminological Society in Malaysia this week.

Publication: ‘A lightbulb moment’: Using the theory of planned behaviour to explore the challenges and opportunities for early engagement of Australian men who use violence in their relationships






CJRC member, Dr. Michael Flood has recently published an article in Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

 Forsdike, K., Tarzia, L., Flood, M., Vlais, R., and Hegarty, K. “‘A lightbulb moment’: Using the theory of planned behaviour to explore the challenges and opportunities for early engagement of Australian men who use violence in their relationships.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence, (2018). DOI: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0886260518780778

 Abstract: Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a common complex social and public health problem. Interventions for IPV male perpetrators are an essential component of an early and effective response. Yet little is known about how to engage men in interventions for help-seeking. Using the theory of planned behavior (TPB), we explored men’s perceptions of seeking help for an unhealthy relationship and how they could be supported to recognize their behavior and undertake change at an early stage. We recruited 23 men who were currently attending a men’s behavior change program in Australia to take part in focus groups. These were recorded, transcribed, and thematically analyzed. The TPB concepts of behavioral beliefs, perceived control, and subjective norms were found throughout the data. Behavioral beliefs covered four subthemes: self-awareness, self-reflection and agency, the influence of others to change, and needing the right message in the right place. Perceived control was connected to these men’s understandings of what it means to be a man. Subjective norms were rarely raised, but there was some indication that men’s perceptions of societal norms about men as violent influenced a perceived lack of agency to change behavior. Our findings highlight the complexity of, and challenges in, engaging men who may use violence before they reach crisis point and justice intervenes. Despite this, participating men could find acceptable an appropriately developed and easy-to-access intervention that enhances recognition of behaviors and provides links to supports. Health professionals or researchers developing early interventions targeting these men need to take the engagement challenges into account.


Asian Journal of Criminology now ranked Q1 by Scopus – bridging global divides in the hierarchy of Knowledge!

Dear colleagues.

The Asian Journal of Criminology (AJOC) has been ranked as a Q1 journal by SJR. It is included in the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI). Congratulations to Professor Jianhong Liu and the journals’ editorial team. This is a result that bridges global divides in the hierarchy of knowledge, that has typically favoured journals from the wealthy countries of the global north.

Editors are seeking manuscripts.

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Following are the Table of Contents in the last four issues of Asian Journal of Criminology:

Volume 12, Issue 3, September 2017
Sarre, R. (2017). Metadata Retention as a Means of Combatting Terrorism and Organised Crime: A Perspective from Australia.Asian Journal of Criminology, 12(3), 167-179. doi:10.1007/s11417-017-9256-7
Carrington, K., & Hogg, R. (2017). Deconstructing Criminology’s Origin Stories. Asian Journal of Criminology, 12(3), 181-197. doi:10.1007/s11417-017-9248-7
Densley, J. A., Hilal, S. M., Li, S. D., & Tang, W. (2017). Homicide-Suicide in China: an Exploratory Study of Characteristics and Types. Asian Journal of Criminology, 12(3), 199-216. doi:10.1007/s11417-016-9238-1
Lin, Y. S. (2017). Is this the Right Job for Me and my Children? Turnover Intention and Parental Correctional Career Endorsement among Correctional Officers in Taiwan. Asian Journal of Criminology, 12(3), 217-230. doi:10.1007/s11417-017-9243-z
Cassiano, M. S. (2017). Review of Gary T. Marx, Windows into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High Technology.Asian Journal of Criminology, 12(3), 231-233. doi:10.1007/s11417-017-9247-8

Volume 12, Issue 4, December 2017
Atkinson-Sheppard, S. (2017). ‘Mastaans’ and the Market for Social Protection Exploring Mafia Groups in Dhaka, Bangladesh.Asian Journal of Criminology, 12(4), 235-253.
Mundia, L., Matzin, R., Mahalle, S., Hamid, MHS, & Osman, RS. (2017). Roles of Psychopathic Personality, Mental Health, and Recidivism in Criminal Behavior: Survey of Brunei Inmates. Asian Journal of Criminology, 12(4), 255-280.
Chen, X. (2017). Parental Migration, Caretaking Arrangement, and Children’s Delinquent Behavior in Rural China. Asian Journal of Criminology, 12(4), 281-302.
Li, Y. (2017). Spatio-Temporal Change of Crime at Provincial Scale in China—Since the Economic Reform. Asian Journal of Criminology, 12(4), 303-340.
Barrera, D. J. (2017). Drug War Stories and the Philippine President. Asian Journal of Criminology, 12(4), 341-359.

Volume 13, Issue 1, March 2018
Lee, S. C., Hanson, R. K. & Zabarauckas, C. L. (2018). Sex Offenders of East Asian Heritage Resemble Other Canadian Sex Offenders. Asian Journal of Criminology, 13(1), 1-15.
Lee, S. C., Hanson, R. K. & Zabarauckas, C. L. (2018). Correction to: Sex Offenders of East Asian Heritage Resemble Other Canadian Sex Offenders. Asian Journal of Criminology, 13(1), 17-18.
Nalla, M. K., Hamm, J. A. & Paek. S. Y. (2018). Is Police Integrity an Important Predictor of Citizen Satisfaction in Police in Post-colonial Emerging Democracies? The Case of India. Asian Journal of Criminology, 13(1), 19-34.
Wyatt, T., Johnson, K., Hunter, L. & George R. (2018). Corruption and Wildlife Trafficking: Three Case Studies Involving Asia.Asian Journal of Criminology, 13(1), 35-55.
Ullah, A., Yang, Q., Ali, Z. & Anees M. (2018). Terrorism in India as a Determinant of Terrorism in Pakistan. Asian Journal of Criminology, 13(1), 57-77.

Volume 13, Issue 2, June 2018
Yuan, X. (2018). Conducting Criminological Fieldwork in China: a Guanxi Approach? Asian Journal of Criminology, 13(2), 70-90.
Chan, W., Tan, E. S., Lee, J. T. & Mathi, B. (2018). How Strong Is Public Support for the Death Penalty in Singapore? Asian Journal of Criminology, 13(2), 91-107.
Ludbey, C. R., Brooks, D. J. & Coole, M. P. (2018). Corporate Security: Identifying and Understanding the Levels of Security Work in an Organisation. Asian Journal of Criminology, 13(2), 109-128.
Suzuki, M., Pai, C. & Islam, M. J. (2018). Systematic Quantitative Literature Review on Criminological Theories in Asia. Asian Journal of Criminology, 13(2), 129-151.
Suzuki, M., Pai, C. & Islam, M. J. (2018). Correction to: Systematic Quantitative Literature Review on Criminological Theories in Asia. Asian Journal of Criminology, 13(2), 153.
Scott, J., Fa’avale, A. & Thompson, B. Y. (2018). What can Southern Criminology Contribute to a Post-Race Agenda? Asian Journal of Criminology, 13(2), 155-173.

Conference: query:data – 16 July 2018

Register for the national query:data conference!

Date: 16 July 2018

Location: ZINC, Federation Square, Melbourne.

Register here: https://querydata2018.eventbrite.com.au.

Consumer Policy Research Centre (CPRC) is hosting query:data, a national conference on consumer data, innovation and fairness in the digital economy.

CPRC’s research shows that Australian consumers want more choice, control and transparency over how their data is being collected and used. Reforms internationally, such as the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation in the EU, reflect major attempts to shift the power and control over data to consumers. How we ensure this occurs in Australia, while facilitating innovation and competition, is a critical question for those working in business, the community sector, regulators, policymakers and academia.

Join Australia’s leading researchers, regulators, advocates and businesses to discuss the evolving consumer policy & practice landscape across the fields of privacy, competition and consumer law, data ethics, machine learning and open data.

Key speakers include:

  • Mr Rod Sims, Chair, Australian Competition & Consumer Commission
  • Mr Ed Santow, Australian Human Rights Commissioner
  • Dr Monique Mann, Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in Technology & Regulation, Queensland University of Technology
  • Dr Katharine Kemp, Lecturer, University of New South Wales
  • Ms Andrea Lau, Founder, Small Multiples
  • Mr Nigel Dobson, Banking Services Domain Lead, ANZ

See the full program on the CPRC website in the next week: http://cprc.org.au/2018/05/25/querydata-national-conference-consumer-data/

Use the code QD18 to receive 25% off registrations for a limited time.


Publication: (Mis)Understanding the Impact of Online Fraud: Implications for Victim Assistance Schemes

Crime and Justice Research Centre member Dr Cassandra Cross has published a new article in the journal Victims and Offenders, which argues for reform of victim assistance schemes across Australia.

(Mis)Understanding the Impact of Online Fraud: Implications for Victim Assistance Schemes

Australia provides victims of violent crime access to financial support to assist with recovery, excluding victims of nonviolent offences. The author examines the experiences of online fraud victims, and details how the impacts experienced extend beyond financial losses, to include deterioration in health and well-being, relationship breakdown, homelessness, and unemployment, and in the worst cases, suicidal ideation. Using online fraud as a case study, the author argues eligibility to access victim assistance schemes should consider harms suffered rather than the offence experienced. Consequently, the author advocates a shift in eligibility criteria of victim assistance schemes to facilitate much-needed support to online fraud victims.

The full article can be accessed here.

Book: Water, Crime and Security in the Twenty-First Centre – Too Dirty, Too Little, Too Much

Professor Reece Walters, Director, CJRC, is one of the Series Editors and also a contributor to the recently released book series, Water, Crime and Security in the Twenty-First Century – Too Dirty, Too Little, Too Much. 

This series represents criminology’s first book-length contribution to the study of water and water-related crimes, harms and security. The chapters cover topics such as: water pollution, access to fresh water in the Global North and Global South, water and climate change, the commodification of water and privatization, water security and pacification, and activism and resistance surrounding issues of access and pollution. With examples ranging from Rio de Janeiro to Flint, Michigan to the Thames River, this original study offers a comprehensive criminological overview of the contemporary and historical relationship between water and crime.  Coinciding with the International Decade for Action, “Water for Sustainable Development,” 2018–2028, this timely volume will be of particular relevance to students and scholars of green criminology, as well as those interested in critical geography, environmental anthropology, environmental sociology, political ecology, and the study of corporate crime and state crime.

Further information can be found here – https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137529855