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Dr Michael King: QUT Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award

The QUT Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Awards were established in 2006, acknowledging the need to encourage the promotion of excellence in postgraduate research in Australia. These awards are intended to develop and support Australia’s vibrant research culture by profiling outstanding contribution to knowledge, and/or demonstration of excellence in postgraduate research. The ODTA recipients are selected by a panel comprising Director of Research Training, and an Academic Lead Research Training from each of the faculty discipline areas – Creative Industries, Education and Justice. All recipients must be nominated by the two examiners to be considered for the award in the previous year that the thesis was lodged for external examination. The panel reviews both the thesis and examiner reports.

QUT Centre for Justice congratulates HDR student Dr Michael King who was one of three recipients of this prestigious award.   The thesis was titled, Pathways and Partnerships: A Study of Private Policing Economic Crime in Australia.

The thesis of five published papers considers the contemporary corporate/private investigator and reports on data collected by fieldwork with 33 investigators in NSW, Victoria and Queensland. The thesis examines these investigators in Australia and finds that despite over three decades of serious research by scholars in policing, the corporate/private investigator remains obscure within the wider policing literature. 

Michael’s full thesis can be found here. 

Congratulations to Principal Supervisor Associate Professor Mark Lauchs, and Associate Supervisor Associate Professor Cassandra Cross who worked in collaboration with Michael.

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