Sergeant Richard Monaei – Guest Lecturer – Justice

We were delighted to welcome Sergeant Richard Monaei to QUT School of Justice today to deliver a guest lecture to our 2nd Year Justice students. Sergeant Monaei was able to draw upon shared/lived experience of 23 years as a serving police officer across the state and in various roles, to give the students an appreciation & understanding of real policing in context.

Sergeant Monaei also identifies as First Nation and his QPS career includes many highlights in this space including a project coordinating the Indigenous Cadetship Program, follow-up Review to Restoring Order Report (Indigenous Policing in Indigenous Communities) – Crime Corruption Commission, Tactical Specialist Operator (12yrs), Indigenous Leadership Program (Benevolent Society, Sydney)and Senior Project Officer – QPS Inclusion & Diversity Program.

A great example of positive partnerships and real life engagement at QUT School of Justice.




Media: Sally Muytjens PhD research featured in The Age and SMH

Dr Sally Muytjens completed her PhD topic in 2019 under the topic, An exploration of the existence of clergy child sexual abuse dark networks within the Victorian catholic church.

Sally’s research has now been featured in an article in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald (23 February 2020) titled, Study identifies 16 child sex abuse rings in Victorian Catholic Church.  

Congratulations Sally on such great research impact.



Special Issue: International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy

Ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8 2020 – a special issue of International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy.

 The first issue for 2020 of the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy is now available.  This special issue titled ‘The Social Protection of Women and Girls: Links to Crime and Justice at CSW63’ contains a selection of articles from presentations at a series of parallel and side events held at the Commission on the Status of Women’s 63rd session (CSW63) at the UN Headquarters in New York City, US (March 2019). Guest editors Dr Sheetal Ranjan, Dr Rosemary Barberet, Dr Dawn Beichner and Dr Elaine Arnull have compiled an impressive array of articles from six panel events focusing on women, crime and justice.

Included in this issue are considerations related to gendered violence. Lori K. Sudderth’s paper represents the depth of developing practice in this area to ‘de-normalise’ violence within the family and the difficulties of undertaking this work, which include a lack of funding and the vulnerabilities of those taking part. Amelia Roskin-Frazee, examines higher education institutions’ efforts to address sexual violence that is perpetrated against women with marginalised identities. Roskin-Frazee gathered and analysed student sexual violence policies at 80 higher education institutions in Australia, Canada, the UK and the US. Not surprisingly, she found that these policies failed to account for how race, sexuality, class and disability shape women’s experiences of sexual violence. Kerry Carrington, Natacha Guala, María Victoria Puyol and Máximo Sozzo examine how women’s police stations empower women, widen access to justice and prevent gender violence by turning around the patriarchal norms that sustain it. Cassia Spohn, in her paper, asks why the criminal justice system’s response to the crime of rape has not improved significantly in the past half century.

Policing and incarceration is the focus of several papers: Pilar Larroulet, Catalina Droppelmann, Paloma Del Villar, Sebastian Daza and Ana Figueroa explore ‘Who is transitioning out of prison? Characterizing female offenders and their needs in Chile’. Judith Ryder discusses the ways in which education can be a gateway to social and economic mobility for incarcerated women. Andrea Leverentz, urges readers to consider the unique ways in which women’s role as primary care provider differentially affects their pathways home from prison and the disruption posed by their incarceration on their children’s lives.

This special issue will be of particular relevance to two events taking place in 2020: the 14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, to be held in Kyoto, Japan on 20–27 April, and the CSW’s 64th session, to be held in March 2020 in New York City.

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the main intergovernmental body exclusively concerned with gender equality and the empowerment of women. Established in 1946, the CSW is a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council of the UN. The commission is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the global reality of women’s lives and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women

Any questions or feedback on the Journal can be sent to Tracy Creagh, Journal Manager –

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!

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.

Vice-Chancellors’s Award for Excellence – Dr Cassandra Cross

Congratulations to Dr Cassandra Cross, member of QUT Centre for Justice, on her recent Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence.  This award is conferred to individuals or teams in recognition of exceptional performance that aligns with the university’s vision and strategic goals.

Cass’ award was based on excellence in Partnerships and Engagement for forging transdisciplinary research partnerships and enhancing engagement within and beyond the QUT community.

Cass has built strong partnerships and engagement in the areas of fraud and cybercrime with SUNCORP, several Australian Police agencies, PCYC Queensland, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and Self-Managed Independent Superannuation Funds Association (SISFA)

Congratulations Cass.



The Final Report of ARC Field Research on Women’s Police Stations, Buenos Aires, Argentina is now published in English and Spanish

The Final Report of ARC Field Research on Women’s Police Stations, Buenos Aires, Argentina is now published in English and Spanish, and free to download from the project page

Summary of the Report
Women’s Police Stations are unique innovations that emerged from nations of the Global South in the second half of the 20th century to address violence against women. This report presents the results of a world first study of the unique way these stations called Comisaría de la Mujer (CMF) prevent gender-based violence in the Province of Buenos Aires Argentina. In Spanish and Portuguese these stations are called Police Stations for Women, for the sake of ease in this article we call them Women’s Police Stations. Little is currently known about how this distinctive multi-disciplinary model of policing (that includes social workers, lawyers, psychologists and police) prevents gender violence.
First, we outline the background to the emergence of Women’s Police Stations in the societies of the Global South designed explicitly to respond to and prevent gender-based violence. These stations are distinguished from the women only police units that existed in most parts of the Global North that restricted women in law enforcement to caring for women and children in custody (Cartron 2015, 9). The main substance of the report presents the results of our empirical study on the role of Women’s Police Stations in responding to and preventing gender violence in the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The province established its first women’s police station in 1988 and now has 128. They account for one in five of all police stations in the province and since 2009 have had a legislated mandate to prevent gender violence which distinguishes them from other Women’s Police Stations. We interviewed 100 employees from ten of these unique multi-disciplinary stations.
The final section critically reflects on the virtues and limits of Women’s Police Stations as a model for addressing and preventing gender-based violence. The report compares traditional policing versus specialist policing approaches to the prevention of gender-based violence. While not without limitations, we conclude that specialised Women’s Police Stations in the societies of the Global South widen access to justice, empower women to break the cycle of domestic violence, and engage in a form of community policing that challenges the social norms that sustain gender violence. As a by-product they also provide a career in law enforcement for police (male and female) who specialise in responding to gender violence. The study is framed by Southern Criminology which reverses the notion that ideas, policies and theories can only travel from the Global North to the Global South. The study is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and includes a multi-country team of researchers whose contributions we gratefully acknowledge.



Carrington, K. Sozzo, M. Puyol, M. V. Gamboa, M. Guala, N. Ghiberto, L. Zysman, D. (2019) The Role of Women’s Police Stations in Responding to and Preventing Gender Violence: Buenos Aires, Argentina: Final Report of Field Research. QUT Centre for Justice: Brisbane. Research Report Series 1.

Carrington, Kerry , Sozzo, Maximo , Puyol, Maria Victoria , Gamboa, Marcela , Guala, Natacha , Ghiberto, Luciana , & Zysman, Diego (2019) El rol de las Comisarías de la Mujer en la prevención y el abordaje de la violencia de género, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Informe final de trabajo de campo. QUT Centre for Justice: Brisbane. Research Report Series 1.

For more information about the ARC project click here

Bridget Harris: ANZSOC New Scholar Prize 2019

Congratulations to QUT C4J member, Dr Bridget Harris, on her recent award of ANZSOC New Scholar Prize for 2019.  The New Scholar Prize is given each year for the best publication in criminology (or a related area) written by a member of the Society who qualifies as an early career researcher.

The article, co-authored with Delanie Woodlock , was published in British Journal of Criminology and  is titled, “Digital Coercive Control: Insights From Two Landmark Domestic Violence Studies”.  The authors present their recent studies on harmful and invasive behaviours enacted through technology.  Bridget applies her research focus of domestic and family violence (DFV) and spatiality, and the unique ‘spaceless’ features of technology-facilitated DFV.

The full article is available through open access and can be found here.

Congratulations to Bridget on a very successful year pioneering and further developing research into this very important area, both in Australia and internationally.  A well deserved award.