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QUT Centre for Justice: Research Success and Promotions

QUT Centre for Justice is proud to announce a number of its members have had great research success:


QUT Centre for Justice member, Professor Kelly Richards received an ARC Future Fellowship and $1,030,000 in funding for her project, Preventing child sexual abuse by understanding perpetrators’ motivations, building on her extensive research and fieldwork with child sexual abuse (CSA) perpetrators in Australia, Canada and the US.

Professor Richards said research on CSA perpetration had been stymied by a fixation on background factors such as the gender of perpetrators and the ‘risk factors’ they possess.

“It is often assumed that CSA perpetrators are innately sexually attracted to children, have been CSA victims, or are mentally ill, but there are no definitive links between these factors and CSA perpetration,” she said.

“This project will investigate a critical, yet unrecognised gap of the emotional, visceral and experiential factors that compel or entice the person to act in the very moment a crime is committed.

“Discovering what propels someone who fits background risk factors commit CSA but not another will significantly advance our ability to explain and prevent the urgent problem of CSA perpetration.

“Current CSA prevention measures could be more effective if they were informed by a deeper understanding of why adults perpetrate CSA.”

Professor Richards has designed and led large and complex projects totalling more than $2.6 million in mostly external funding and has produced 114 publications, in 80 per cent of which she is the sole or lead author. Professor Richards has previously been named both a Churchill Fellow and a Senior Fulbright Scholar.


Dr Hope Johnson of QUT Centre for Justice received $450,853 for her project Regulating the future of protein which aims to determine how Australia could produce more protein sustainably to meet the country’s needs.

This project combines a mix of empirical and legal analysis to understand the range of expectations, opportunities and risks involved in alternative protein, such as those that imitate meat and dairy, and their regulation.

“The outcome will include a new approach to regulating food and new pathways for stakeholder engagement in regulation,” Dr Johnson said.


Associate Professor Janice Rieger, from QUT Centre for Justice has received $459,468 for her project Co-creating Cultures of Inclusion: Redefining Access to Cultural Heritage.

This project is a response to an identified injustice: access to cultural heritage is still very limited for people with disability.

“The study aims to create an innovative, co-design model of practice through an ecological framework and inclusive multi-sensorial explorations that can be translated and adopted by national, state, university, and regional museums and galleries across Australia and globally,” Professor Rieger said.


Five Centre members have been promoted to Associate Professor: A/Prof Phoebe Hart, A/Prof Nerida Spina, A/Prof Jodi Death, A/Prof Danielle Watson, and A/Prof Bree Hurst.

Four Centre members have been promoted to Professor: Prof Michael Flood, Prof Alice Payne, Prof Kelly Richards and Prof Carol Richards.

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