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.

Welcome – QUT School of Justice – Dr Alissa Macoun

We welcome Dr Alissa Macoun as a Lecturer in the School of Justice, Faculty of Law.

Alissa is interested in the politics of race and contemporary colonialism.  Alissa’s work in Australian Indigenous politics and policy explores ways race is used to legitimise colonial approaches, institutions and regimes. She is interested in policy logics, political structures, academic and social knowledge production practices, as well as the connections between these processes. Her work draws on scholarship from public policy, political theory, settler colonial studies, sociology, critical race and critical Indigenous studies.

Alissa was a Lecturer at the School of Political Science and International Studies at University of Queensland from 2015-2019. Although non-Indigenous, she was a Research Fellow for the Australian Research Council’s National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN) based at QUT from 2013 – 2015.

Alissa has a PhD (Political Studies) and BA (Honours, first class) from the University of Queensland. Her PhD thesis explored the political justification of the Commonwealth’s 2007 Intervention in Northern Territory Indigenous communities and won the 2013 APSA PhD Prize.

We have three new staff who have commenced with QUT School of Justice in 2020 and we will be profiling each of them this week.  Keep an eye out!

New Editor: International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy

The International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy is delighted to welcome new Editor Dr David Rodríguez Goyes. David is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oslo, Norway; and an associate professor at the Universidad Antonio Nariño, Colombia. He holds a PhD in criminology from the University of Oslo, Norway. He is a lawyer by training, with postgraduate studies in criminal law and a masters in sociology from the Universidad Nacional, Colombia. His main field of research is green criminology, with a focus on biopiracy. His greatest contribution to the field is in the development of a Southern Green Criminology. David was guest editor for the Journal’s 2019 Special Issue Towards Global Green Criminological Dialogues: Voices from the Americas and Europe and is also a member of the Journal’s International Editorial Board.

The Journal Editors would like to thank outgoing Assistant Editor, Associate Professor Matthew Ball for his substantial contributions to the Journal in 2019.

Beware of bushfire scams – Dr Cassandra Cross

The recent Australian bushfires are presenting the latest opportunity for fraud.

QUT C4J member, Dr Cassandra Cross, has written an article for The Conversation about how this fraud can happen, how you can safely donate and how you can think long term about protecting yourself from fraud.

Cass researches on various aspects of fraud including the policing, prevention and support for online fraud, including romance fraud and cybercrime.  In 2011, she was awarded the Donald Mackay Churchill Fellowship, which enabled her to travel to the UK, USA and Canada to examine how these jurisdictions respond to online fraud.

In 2013, Cass was awarded a Criminology Research Grant (CRG) to undertake the first Australian study examining the reporting and support needs of online fraud victims. In 2015, she was awarded a second CRG to examine the process of identity restoration for victims of identity theft, in partnership with iDcare. In 2016, she was awarded a third CRG to examine the policing of cybercrime in Australia.

In 2019 Cass was appointed Senior Research Fellow to the Cybersecurity CRC, delivering industry-led cyber security research outcomes.   

The article is well worth a read – read here     




Fulbright Scholar Award – Associate Professor Kelly Richards


Our heartfelt congratulations to Associate Professor Kelly Richards on her recent Fulbright Scholar Award for 2020.

Kelly will use her Fulbright Scholar Award to further her research on victim/survivors of sexual violence and Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) at California State University-Fresno and the University of Vermont.

Kelly’s research focuses primarily on sexual offending against children, and especially on the reintegration of those who perpetrate sexual violence. In 2010 Kelly was awarded the ACT Government Office for Women Audrey Fagan Churchill Fellowship to investigate CoSA around the globe. Kelly is a member of a wide range of professional and community organisations in the fields of criminology and sexual violence. She is a Member of the Queensland Government’s Child Death Case Review Panels, the Queensland representative on the After Prison Network, a Committee Member of the Queensland chapter of Restorative Practices International, a member of the Brisbane Rape and Incest Survivors’ Support Centre Research and Reference Group, and a member of the Bravehearts Foundation Expert Research Advisory Panel, among others.