Public Lecture: Good Universities or Ghastly Futures: How can we find a democratic path for higher education and research?

Join us for a keynote presentation with Emerita Professor Raewyn Connell where she will address a ‘big idea’ that is central to social democracy and justice, access to knowledge and participation in Australian public life.

Professor Connell is an internationally renowned scholar and public intellectual. An enduring theme throughout her career has been access to justice, whether this is in relation to education, or the impact of gender relations in everyday life. More recently this has been evident in her consideration of knowledge and global power, and the significance of this in the university context.

Raewyn’s more recent work is a critique of the Northern bias of mainstream social science and the colonial structures of knowledge. Her book Southern Theory (2007) discusses intellectuals and social theories from the global periphery and explores paths towards knowledge democracy on a world scale. In 2019 she will publish a new book that extends this work called Knowledge and Global Power. She will also publish a book about the impact of neo-liberalism on universities – called the Good University. This will be the topic of her lecture.

27 March 2019
5.30pm arrival (networking and refreshments)
6.00pm – 7.00pm
Gardens Theatre, X Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus, 2 George St, Brisbane

Dress: Smart Casual

Register here by 20 March 2019:




Professor Ross Coomber – International Visitor – Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 5th Biennial International Conference

We are pleased to announce that Professor Ross Coomber will be a visitor and presenter at the upcoming Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 5th Biennial International Conference on the Gold Coast in July 2019.

Ross Coomber is currently Professor of Criminology and Sociology at the University of Liverpool. Prior to this he was Professor and Director of the Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University, in Brisbane and Gold Coast Australia, and before that, Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Drug and Alcohol Research Unit at the University of Plymouth. He has more than 30 years research experience in the drug and alcohol field and has published extensively and broadly in this area – particularly on the nature risk as it applies to drug use and illicit drug markets, nationally and internationally, and across different cultural and environmental spaces. His research is strongly inter/multidisciplinary and boasts ongoing collaborations with forensic chemists/scientists, medics, public health practitioners and researchers, as well as, perhaps more predictably, disciplines across the humanities and social sciences. In 2013 he undertook a rapid ethnographic and cross-cultural observational tour of six Asian countries/cities (China/Shanghai; India/Mumbai; Indonesia/Jakarta; Japan/Tokyo; Malaysia/Kuala Lumpa South Korea/Seoul) looking at the nature and meaning of public spitting in those locales. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia and at the Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University, Australia.

Further information about the conference including other speakers, registration and abstract submission can be found at


Professor Setsuo Miyazawa – Invited International Visitor – Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Conference 2019

We are delighted to welcome Setsuo Miyazawa as an invited International Speaker at the upcoming Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 5th Biennial International Conference from 15-17 July 2019.  Professor Miyazawa is Senior Visiting Professor of Law at UC Hastings College of the Law and Professor Emeritus at Kobe University. He has Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University and S.J.D. from Hokkaido University. He was a full-time faculty at Hokkaido, Kobe University, Waseda University, Omiya Law School, and Aoyama Gakuin University until reaching mandatory retirement in 2016. He held visiting positions at ten North American law schools including Harvard, UC Berkeley, and NYU before joining UC Hastings on a regular basis in 2008. He has extremely broad research interests, including police and criminal justice, legal profession, and courts. He represented progressive positions on many issues in the justice system reform movement in Japan in the late 1990s through 2000s. He received the Distinguished Book Award from the Division of International Criminology of the American Society of Criminology in 1993 and the International Prize from the Law & Society Association in 2014. He was the Founding President of the Asian Law & Society Association in 2016-17 and will be the President of the Asian Criminological Society in 2019-21.

Further information about the conference including how to register can be found at

Diego Zysman-Quiros – International Visitor – Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 5th Biennial International Conference

We welcome Diego Zysman-Quiros as an International Visitor to the Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 5th Biennial International Conference.  Diego is an Associate Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology, Faculty of Law, UBA, Argentina, and he is Adjunct Professor AT QUT School of Justice. He has a Master’s and PhD from Universidad de Barcelona, Spain, and is currently a criminal law attorney. He has served as a Judge and High Law Clerk of Criminal Court in Penal Economic Matters, Buenos Aires. He has authored two books, edited two books, and written numerous chapters and journal articles about criminology and punishment.

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Prof. John Pratt – International Visitor: Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 5th Biennial International Conference

We are delighted to announce that Professor John Pratt will be one of our International Visitors at the 5th biennial Crime, Justice and Social Democracy International Conference.

John is Professor of Criminology at the Institute of Criminology, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His fields of research are comparative penology and the history and sociology of punishment.  He will be presenting on the end of penal populism:  the rise of populist politics.

Further information about the conference can be found here including registration and abstract submission.


O-Week – QUT Justice Society Events

Come along to the following events organised by the QUT Justice Society during O-Week? Don’t miss these great opportunities to meet other justice students and get more involved with your studies.

‘Coffee with a Cop’, which will be held at Aroma Café at QUT on Wednesday 20 February from 1-3pm. A few Police Officers will come to give a talk to interested justice students, who will be offered free coffee.

Link to Facebook event:

The second event will be a first-year pizza lunch held after the Week 1 JSB170 lecture, on Tuesday 26 February at 1pm. It will allow students to meet each other and become more acquainted with the QUT Justice Society.

Link to Facebook event:

Migrant women and technology-facilitated domestic abuse 

Emerging Scholars and International Speakers – Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 5th Biennial International Conference

We are delighted to announce some of the line-up of Emerging Scholars and International Speakers who will be presenting at our conference on 15-17 July 2019.

More information about the conference including registration can be found here.

Emerging Scholars

Max Travers, UTAS, Southern Criminology stream
Jarrett Blaustein, Monash, Southern Criminology stream
Lennon Chang, Monash, Southern Criminology stream
Kate Gleeson, Macquarie Law School, Gender, Sexuality and Violence stream
Nicola Henry, RMIT Gender, Sexuality and Violence stream
Max Halupka, University of Canberra Governance, Activism and Social Change stream
Emma Russell, Latrobe, Policing stream
Monika Zalnieriute, UNSW, Technology and Justice stream
Zahra Stardust, Scarlet Alliance, Other

International Speakers

Meda Chesney-Lind, President, American Society of Criminology, University of Hawaii

Diego Zysman, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Richard Sparks, University of Edinburgh

Ross Coomber, University of Liverpool

Miyazawa Setsuo, President, Asian Criminological Society, Senior Visiting Professor of

Law at UC Hastings College of the Law and Professor Emeritus at Kobe University.

Tom Holt, Michigan State University

John Pratt, Victoria University of Wellington

Book: Good Data

Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Research Centre member Dr Monique Mann, along with former QUT Law colleagues Drs Angela Daly and S. Kate Devitt, recently published the open access edited text Good Data.

In response to the totalising datafication of society, there has been a significant critique regarding ‘bad data’ practices. The book Good Data proposes a move from critique to imagining and articulating a more optimistic vision of the datafied future. Good Data examines and proposes ‘good data’ practices, values and principles from an interdisciplinary, international perspective. From ideas of data sovereignty and justice, to manifestos for change and calls for activism, this edited collection opens a multifaceted conversation on the kinds of digital futures we want to see. The book presents concrete steps on how we can start realising good data in practice, and move towards a fair and just digital economy and society.

The Good Data book was launched (via QR code) on Thursday the 24th of January in Amsterdam in collaboration with the publisher Institute of Network Cultures (INC Amsterdam) and the ERC funded research programme DATACTIVE at the University of Amsterdam. Around 150 people attended the event where Monique Mann introduced the book, alongside a panel of contributors who discussed their chapters.

The book can be found here for free download (in various formats):

The Institute of Network Cultures has published a series of blogposts from Good Data authors summarising their Good Data interventions, including a post by the editors outlining 15 principles of Good Data, which can be found here: