ARC Scholarships for Higher Degree Students: Preventing Gendered Violence

ARC Scholarship – Preventing Gendered Violence The scholarship HDR student will work with a team on a project entitled “Preventing Gendered Violence: Lessons from the Global South”, funded by the Australian Research Council. The scholarship can either be for a Masters or PhD. Both domestic and international students can apply.
Eligibility Details You must meet QUT’s eligibility requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy or Master of Philosophy, in line with the course you are applying for. In addition to this, your relevant degree used as the basis for entry must be in the fields of law, criminology or social science. Provision of the scholarship is conditional on successful application and admission into the applicable course.
Ideally, applicants will also have Spanish language skills as the fieldwork will be in Argentina and Australia.

What you receive A living allowance for two years for Masters students or three years for PhD students, indexed annually ($27,082 in 2018). The scholarship is tax exempt for full-time students, and can be used to support living costs. A relocation allowance may be available subject to application and approval by the Chief Investigator of the project. An allowance may also be available for fieldworkrelated travel subject to the needs of the project and approval of the Chief Investigator.
International students will also receive a higher degree research (HDR) tuition fee sponsorship. If you’re an Australian citizen or permanent visa holder, or a New Zealand citizen, your tuition fees are normally covered by the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset (Domestic
The Scholarship will be governed by the QUT Postgraduate Research Award rules.
How to apply Applications for the scholarship will close on the 30th of April 2018.
Submit your application to the Faculty of Law Research Team at
Your application must include:
 A cover letter  An up-do-date CV  Full academic transcript

 A summary (up to 2 pages) of your career outlining any abilities or experiences relevant to this scholarship  Details of 3 referees (email/address/contact number)
What Happens next Eligibility for admission to a PhD or Masters is determined by the Research Students Centre. Scholarship applications will be assessed by the Faculty of Law.
For more information about the scholarship or application process please contact:
Professor Kerry Carrington
Máximo Sozzo

New Book Series: Perspectives on Law, Crime and Justice from the Global South

Academic perspectives on crime, law and justice have generally been sourced from a select number of countries from the Global North, whose journals, conferences, publishers and universities dominate the intellectual landscape. As a consequence research about these matters in contexts of the Global South have tended to uncritically reproduce concepts and arguments developed elsewhere to understand local problems and processes. In recent times, there have been substantial efforts to undo this colonized way of thinking leading to a burgeoning body of new work. This new book series aims to publish and promote this innovative new scholarship, with a long term view of bridging global divides and enhancing cognitive justice. The editors are especially keen to solicit manuscripts from authors from South America, Oceania, and South Africa.

Series Editors: Kerry Carrington Máximo Sozzo

submit manuscript proposals to

Does #ANZSOC endorse the Pacific Solution by accepting Sponsorship from

President, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology

Dear Dr McGee

We are aware that ANZSOC has recently received social media criticism for accepting a ‘silver sponsorship’ from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) for the 2017 conference. We are writing to express concern but also seek clarification about the nature of this sponsorship.

There is an emerging sentiment that this sponsorship was inappropriate for the Society’s annual event. We recognise that the DIBP has a wider ministerial function beyond border protection, however  the remit between DIBP and Australian Borderforce (ABF) is inextricably interwoven. Given the national and international condemnation and controversies surrounding DIBP’s  actions and policies in recent times we are surprised that ANZSOC would take the arguably injudicious decision to accept this department’s sponsorship.

While we acknowledge that DIPB , as mentioned, is responsible for customs and citizenship portfolios, much of its resources are devoted to border protection and the work of ABF. Indeed, the DIPB is jointly headed by Secretary Pezzullo and ABF’s Commissioner Quaedvlieg.

As you’ll be aware, the ABF as an operational arm of the DIPB, has outsourced state functions to corporate entities. Such privatisation of Australian border security, as part of the Pacific Solution, has been mired in allegations of scandal, torture, tax evasion, corruption and human rights abuses resulting in widespread public protest and condemnation. For ANZSOC to grant ‘silver sponsorship’ to a much maligned state-corporate complex with its reportedly unjust, abusive and illegal response to vulnerable people seeking asylum, is an indictment on the Society and an insult to those members who have committed their careers  to championing the plight of victims and to critiquing state and corporate deviance.

We note ANZSOC’s tweeted response to the Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association’, notably that ‘Criminology has always involved debate re contentious issues. The conference is an important forum to bring different players together 2 have these challenges conversation’. We agree, however, it is one thing to provide a forum for robust debate and offer a platform for all parties to exchange dialogue, it is quite another issue to receive sponsorship from one side of the debate only. Moreover, it is not clear how this year’s conference managed to successfully engage opposed voices in a forum that debated the challenging issues you allude to.

Without clarification of the sponsorship arrangements, and without ANZSOC attempting to disentangle the broader roles of DIPB from ABF, one is left with the impression that the conference was endorsing the Pacific Solution, Manus Island policies and the associated scandals mentioned above. Rightly or wrongly, this is the emerging picture, and the growing criticism on social media attests to that fact.

Would you kindly clarify the nature of the sponsorship. Why did ANZSOC choose to seek sponsorship from a Commonwealth department condemned by the international human rights community and mired in allegations of torture and abuse? We suggest that it is imperative that you as President publicly clarify ANZSOC’s position, and dispel the emerging suspicion that the Society, by virtue of accepting sponsorship, is supporting the punitive and widely-condemned offshore detention policies of the Australian Government.

Professors Reece Walters and John Scott
Directors. Crime and Justice Research Centre
Faculty of Law
Queensland University of Technology
2 George Street, Brisbane
Queensland, 4001.

Dr Cassandra Cross wins two awards at #ANZSOC 2017

Dr Cassandra Cross, Senior Lecturer, School of Justice, Faculty of Law, QUT was won two awards at the 2017 ANZSOC Conference.

The first is for the best publication by a new scholar in 2016 – ‘They’re Very Lonely’: Understanding the Fraud Victimisation of Seniors’ International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, Vol 6 (4).

The second is the Adam Sutton Crime Prevention Award for the best publication or report on Crime Prevention.

Congratulations Cassandra from your colleagues at CJRC.

VC Excellence Awards for Law and Justice Staff

Today the VC Awards for Excellence were presented by the Dean, Professor John Humphrey for staff in the Faculty Award. The winners, photographed above, included an award for Alison McIntosh, in recognition of her outstanding management as Journal Editor of the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy.

Dr Matthew Ball, Senior Lecturer in the School of Justice, was presented with two awards, one for Excellence in Research and the other for Excellence in Teaching.

Professor John Scott, Dr Bridget Harris and Robyn Johnston were presented with a VC Excellence Award for their organistion of the International Conference, on Crime and Justice in Asia and the Global South, which was a tremendous success.



Vol 6 (4) International Journal for Crime, Justice & Social Democracy just published

Vol 6(4), the special edition of International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy on ‘Corruption Downunder’ edited by Scott Poynting and David Whyte, has been published online (as of today, 1 December 2017). The article are free to download and to share.  Please send/tweet/share to your lists.

You will see on the journal’s home page, ahead of the Table of Contents for the issue, that this journal was recently ranked in Q2 by Scopus and has been scored as the top Law journal in Australia. We hope this distinction for the journal will contribute towards interest in your articles and the issue as a whole.

#CJRC staff and adjuncts win awards at the American Society of Criminology

Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz, from the CJRC, and her two co-authors Professors Walter Dekeseredy and Marty Schwartz were awarded the best book prize by the Victimology Division of the American Society of Criminology , 2017.

In another prize ceremony Professor Rob White from University of Tasmania, and adjunct professor with the CJRC, QUT won the Lifetime Achievement Award, Division of Critical Criminology, ASC, 2017. Rob was also recognised for his global contribution to criminology, by the International Division of the ASC.

Professor Marty Schwartz with Professor Rob White

International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy ranked top for Law for Australia

The International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy  has been ranked by Scopus as the top Law journal in Australia. The journal has been steadily growing in international stature and recognition with over a quarter of a million downloads from all over the world. It only just became eligible for ranking.

It is extremely gratifying to be ranked in Q2 (second quartile) by Scopus for Journal Quality, a not insignificant feat for a new journal from the global south, given the way this data base is skewed towards journals from the English speaking countries of the global north.

Moreover, within Australia the Journal is ranked as number 1 for all Law journals included the Scopus data base. The editors wish to acknowledge the hard work on the International Editorial Board  and dedicated authors in achieving this international level of success. For details on how to submit click here

For ranking details click here.

The Editors

Professors Kerry Carrington and John Scott

Assistant Editor

Dr Kelly Richards

Open Letter to PM Calling for National Royal Commission into Youth Detention

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Open Letter to the Prime Minister the Hon Malcolm Turnbull

Re: Extend the Terms of Reference Royal Commission Into Youth Detention to All Australian Jurisdictions

The disturbing issues raised by ABC’s 4Corners Program on the detention of young people are not confined to the Northern Territory. The terms of reference for an effective Royal Commission needs to include all young people in detention across all Australian jurisdictions – for the following reasons.

Over-Representation of Indigenous Youth in Detention is a National Issue

While the NT has the highest number of Indigenous youth in detention, their over-representation   is a chronic feature that adversely affects every Australian jurisdiction. Additionally, over the last five years the rate of over-representation of Indigenous youth in detention has continued to rise. While accounting for around 6% of those aged 10-17, Indigenous youth comprise more than half (54%) of all those detained across Australian jurisdictions (AIHW, 2016:17). This means Indigenous youth are 20-24 times over-represented in juvenile detention compared to non-Indigenous youth. Social and historical inequality underlie the causes of Indigenous inter-generational incarceration. Australia cannot continue to incarcerate its way out of these deeply social, cultural and economic problems. We might “contain” the problem for the briefest moment, but the effects of custody will endure and eventually wreak further havoc – into the next generation.

Use of Detention as a Last Resort is inconsistently upheld by all Australian jurisdictions

Under the United Nations Convention on the Rights to the Child (to which Australia is a signatory),[i] custodial detention of young people is a last resort. Yet youth detention is increasing in Northern Territory and Queensland, and only declining slightly in most states over the last five years  (AIHW, 2016: 13). The provision is routinely flouted in all jurisdictions. If secure care has to be used, it should be used only for violent offences or those which pose extreme and immediate risk to public safety. About 80% of proven offending by juveniles is for non-violent activity (see latest ABS numbers for youth offenders). Around 40% of juveniles sentenced to detention are there for a principal offence which is non-violent (theft or unlawful entry with intent). Hence most of the young people in custody pose no direct threat to the community and would be more suitable candidates for community based corrections.

Youth detention is generally ineffective in rehabilitating young offenders and reducing their rates of recidivism (Carrington & Pereira, 2009; Cunneen, White and Richards, 2015). It is also extremely costly. In 2014-15 $438 million was spent on Australia’s 17 youth detention centres – to detain an average of 885 children per night (Children’s Commissioners, 2016). This costs $1,336 per evening per detainee. The alternatives to custodial sentencing, are not only considerably cheaper, but are less harmful and more effective in rehabilitating young offenders and deterring re-offending (Richards and Renshaw, 2013).

Most young people in Detention are on Remand – for no good reason at great expense

Over half of young people in detention at any one time are on remand (AIHW 2016). This exposes far too many children to short bursts of incarceration by stealth. Richards and Renshaw’s (2013) national study of remand for young people found that a diverse range of factors have influenced rates of remand, including the increasingly complex needs of young offenders, police performance measures, lack of alternatives, and the influence of victims’ rights. Custodial remand is very costly, has harmful effects on children and probably does little to enhance community safety (Richards & Renshaw 2013; Carrington and Pereira 2009, White 2014). The adverse impacts of placing so many  young people on custodial remand, include: separation from family and community; disruption to educational and employment opportunities; lack of access to rehabilitative programs; association with sentenced offenders; and much more (see Richards & Renshaw 2013 for an overview).

Detention without Brutality

If juvenile detention facilities have to exist, they should be run on therapeutic principles. What happened in the NT was not necessarily the product of a few “sadistic” correctional officers doing a few horrific things to vulnerable children. It reflects a toxic culture that put the twisted philosophy of “tough love” above the welfare of incarcerated children.  The abuse is a systemic institutional issue and not a problem created by a few correctional officers.   The use of restraints, isolation and humiliating punishments in detention is strongly discouraged by international research – not least because it so often leads to the re-traumatising of an already vulnerable group (Australian Custodial Australia’s Children Commissioners and Guardians, 2016).  While custodial environments are about control and containment, that does not mean they have to be about brutality. Control can be achieved dynamically through negotiation and through the long hard yards of consistently reinforcing children’s dignity and their right to be heard and taken seriously – even and especially in custody.  Victoria is on the cusp of pushing through widespread changes to the juvenile custodial system with a therapeutic approach to be the desired norm.  Research demonstrates that the “best” custodial spaces (those least likely to perpetrate abuse) are those which pay close attention to  the nature of, and relationship between, organisational climates (the larger forces of partisan politics, budgetary constraints, public demands, etc), organisational structures (the laws, regulations, and administrative arrangements set up to ensure security and safe dealings within correctional settings) and organisational cultures (the informal norms and customs developed by groups within organisations that are oriented towards coping with external and internally driven challenges) (Goldsmith, Halsey, Groves, 2016: 19-27). While many youth workers in the juvenile justice system  strive to support young offenders,  few, if any custodial facilities in Australia can claim to adequately balance these issues. While there is some reasonable scepticism that a Royal Commission will resolve these problems, it will certainly provide the driver needed across Australian jurisdictions to forge an urgently needed new culture in custodial settings. More importantly it could be the driver needed to put in practice the provision of custodial sentencing as a last resort.

Professor Kerry Carrington and Dr Kelly Richards QUT, QLD,  Professor Mark Halsey Flinders University,  SA, Professor Chris Cunneen, UNSW,  NSW, Professor Rob White and Associate Professor Angie Dwyer, University of Tasmania, Tasmania, and Professor Judith Bessant, RMIT, Victoria.

27 July 2016

[i] Article 37 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child which has been ratified by the Commonwealth stipulates that States Parties shall ensure that ‘(b) No child shall be deprived of his or her liberty unlawfully or arbitrarily. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child shall be in conformity with the law and shall be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time’. These principles are echoed in other international instruments including the United Nations Rules for the Protection of Juveniles Deprived of their Liberty and the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.