Associate Professor Alyce McGovern

Associate Professor in Criminology; Deputy Head of School, Learning & Teaching

PhD, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching, UNSW Sydney, Australia
Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology) Honours First Class, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Criminology, University of Western Sydney, Australia

School of Social Sciences


+61 (2) 9385 8472
+61 (2) 9662 8991
Room 148 Morven Brown Building
Kensington Campus
Fields: Criminology
Tags: Criminal Justice

Dr Alyce McGovern is an Associate Professor in Criminology and the Deputy Head of School (Learning and Teaching) in the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW, Sydney, Australia. She has researched widely in the area of crime and media, including police-media relations, police use of social media, young people and sexting, and craftivism. She is the co-author of Policing and Media: Public Relations, Simulations and Communications (2013 with Lee, Routledge), Sexting and Young People (2015 with Crofts, Lee and Milivojevic, Palgrave) and author of the forthcoming Craftivism and Yarn Bombing: A Criminological Exploration (Palgrave). In 2015 Alyce guest edited the Current Issues in Criminal Justice journal's Special Issue on Crime, Media and New Technologies.



    Book Chapters

    Journal articles

    • Milivojevic S;Lee M;Crofts T;McGovern A, 2018, '‘A Sneaky Bit of Stalking’: Young People, Social Network Sites, and Practices of Online Surveillance', Temida, vol. 21, pp. 181 - 205,
    • McGovern AM;Crofts T;Lee M;Milivojevic S, 2016, 'Media, legal and young people’s discourses around sexting', Global Studies of Childhood,
    • Lee M;McGovern A, 2016, 'Logics of risk: police communications in an age of uncertainty', Journal of Risk Research, vol. 19, pp. 1291 - 1302,
    • Bartels L;McGovern A;Richards K, 2015, 'Degrees of difference? A preliminary study of criminology degrees at Australian universities', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, vol. 48, pp. 119 - 146,
    • Lee M;Crofts T;McGovern A;Milivojevic S, 2015, 'Sexting among young people: Perceptions and practices', Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, pp. 1 - 9
    • McGovern AM;Wise J;Wise N, 2015, ''When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die': Concepts of justice in George R R Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire', Media & Arts Law Review, vol. 20, pp. 1 - 13
    • Ellis JR;McGovern AM, 2015, 'The end of symbiosis? Australian police-media relations in the digital age', Policing and Society: an international journal of research and policy,
    • Milivojevic S;McGovern A, 2014, 'The death of jill meagher: Crime and punishment on social media', International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, vol. 3, pp. 22 - 39,
    • Lee M;Crofts T;Salter M;Milivojevic S;McGovern A, 2013, ''Let's get sexting': Risk, power, sex and criminalisation in the moral domain', International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, vol. 2, pp. 35 - 49,
    • Lee M;McGovern A, 2013, 'Force to sell: Policing the image and manufacturing public confidence', Policing and Society, vol. 23, pp. 103 - 124,
    • Johnston J;McGovern A, 2013, 'Communicating Justice: A Comparison of Courts and Police Use of Contemporary Media', International Journal of Communication, vol. 7, pp. 1667 - 1687,
    • Lee M;McGovern A, 2013, 'Procedural Justice and Simulated Policing: The Medium and the Message', Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, vol. 8, pp. 166 - 183,
    • McGovern A;Lee M, 2010, ''Cop[ying] it sweet': Police media units and the making of news', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, vol. 43, pp. 444 - 464,
    • McGovern A, 2010, 'Review- State Power Crime', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, vol. 43, pp. 182 - 185

    Conference Papers

    • Albury K;Bliemel MJ;Fletcher C;McGovern A;Jacqui P, 2016, 'Innovation and entrepreneurship in the contemporary Australian media landscape: implications for university teaching and workforce development.', in ANZCA 2016 Proceedings, Australia New Zealand Communication Association, Newcastle, NSW, presented at Australia New Zealand Communication Association, Newcastle, NSW, 05 - 08 July 2016,
    • Wearing MJ;McGovern A;Melville R;Riley A, 2016, 'Will counter-advertising on social media change young women’s use of alcohol?: Stakeholder’s Interests and Alcohol Consumption of Female University Students', Public Policy Network Conference, UNSW City Campus, presented at Public Policy Network Conference, UNSW City Campus, 27 - 29 January 2016
    • Lee M;McGovern A, 2011, 'Image Work(s): “Simulated Policing” and the New Police (Popularity) Culture', in Conference Proceedings Crime, Justice and Social Democracy: An International Conference, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, pp. 100 - 117, presented at QUT Crime and Democracy Conference, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, 26 - 28 September 2011,
    • McGovern A, 2011, 'Tweeting the News: Criminal Justice Agencies and their Use of Social Networking Sites', in The Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference Proceedings 2010, Sydney Institute of Criminology, Sydney Institute of Criminology (University of Sydney) and the School of Social Sciences (University, pp. 1 - 6, presented at Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference, Sydney Institute of Criminology (University of Sydney) and the School of Social Sciences (University of Western Sydney), 01 - 02 July 2010,
    • McGovern A, 2009, 'The Best Police Force Money Can Buy: The Rise of Police PR Work', in Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference 2009 Proceedings, Criminology, School of Political and Social Inquiry, Faculty of Arts, Monash University, Monash University, Victoria, presented at 3rd Annual Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference, Monash University, Victoria, 08 - 09 July 2009,


    • Innes M;Innes H;Dobreva D;Chermak S;Huey L;McGovern A, 2018, From Minutes to Months: A rapid evidence assessment of the impact of media and social media during and after terror events., Crime and Security Research Institute, Cardiff University, Cardiff,
    • Lee M;Crofts T;McGovern AM;Milivojevic S, 2015, Grant 53/11-12: Sexting and young people: Perceptions, practices, policy and law, Criminology Research Grants program, Australian Institute of Criminology, 53/11-12,
    • Weber L;Wilson A;Wise J;McGovern A, 2012, Policing migration in Australia : an examination of onshore migration policing networks, Australian Research Council, Canberra, DP0774554


    Conference Posters

    • McGovern A, (ed.), 2011, 'Using Blogs to Explore Crime in the Media', in Learning & Teaching Forum - Assessment: Feedback and Beyond, University of NSW, University of NSW, Kensington, pp. 31 - 32, presented at Assessment: Feedback and Beyond Learning and Teaching Forum September 2011, University of NSW, Kensington, 16 - 01 September 2011,

    Creative Works (non-textual)

    • McGovern A;Fishwick E, 2018, #UDHR Quilt project, #UDHR Quilt project, Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes, Canberra, 24 October - 24 April 2018


Teaching and Supervision

Areas of HDR supervision:

Crime and the media; crime and social media; police and the media; police and social media; policing; representations and perceptions of the criminal justice system; police education, leadership and management.

Current HDR supervision:

  • Evaluating police efforts to engage communities through social media: Is online engagement more or less obtrusive than traditional police interventions with citizens not involved with crime-Andrew Kelly (commenced 2014, joint with Professor Janet Chan)
  • Be Afraid – Or very entertained: Media coverage of criminal trials and consumption of crime-Leah Findlay (commenced 2015, joint with Professor Jill Hunter)
  • Reconsidering the processes of agenda setting: Social media’s evolving role in setting the terrorism agenda -Amy Pisani (commenced 2015, join with Associate Professor Laura Shepherd)
  • The Limits of Looking: Managing Crime-Images of Victims - Laura McDonald (commenced 2016 at Sydney University - external supervisor, primary supervisor Dr Rebecca Scott-Bray)
  • Alcohol and violence in the night time economy - Leanne Piper (commenced 2016, joint with Dr Phillip Wadds)

Recent HDR completions:

  • The social construction of juvenile crime in Malaysia - Kamsiah Ali (awarded 2012, co supervisor with Dr Jane Bolitho)
  • Media representations of crime in the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires (Argentina) during the 1990s - Cynthia Fernandez Roich (awarded 2015, joint with Associate Professor Paul Jones)

Honours and prizes

2017 UNSW Arts and Social Sciences Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence


Awarded 2018 - Research on the role of media in CRV/CVE - Public Safety Canada

Awarded 2011- Sexting and Young People: Perceptions, Practices, Policy and Law - Criminology Research Council, Australian Institute of Criminology

Engagement and Professional contributions

  • UNSW Centre for Crime, Law and Justice
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (NSW Rep 2016-2018)
  • Adjunct Senior Lecturer, University of New England

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