Jane is a social scientist trained in the disciplines of psychology and sociology. With a particular focus on restorative justice, restorative practices, violence and conflict resolution, her work is empirically based and aimed at directly informing current criminal justice policy. Projects are typically designed with a mixed method approach in order to develop an appropriately nuanced understanding of the experiences of those coming before criminal justice systems, the operations of formal and community based justice systems, alternative models of resolution and innovations in justice. A nationally accredited mediator and practising youth justice conference convenor, Jane is a professional member of Resolution Institute. Originally trained and registered as a psychologist in NSW, previous employment included working for the Crime Prevention Division, NSW Attorney General's Department on the research and evaluation of court based diversion programs. Jane teaches across a wide range of courses in the undergraduate criminology program including two specialist electives CRIM3019 Restorative Justice, and CRIM3013 Understanding Violence, Conflict & Aggression. She teaches LAWS8117/JURD7817 Critical Issues in Restorative Justice to Postgraduate Law students.
Restorative justice, violence, alternative conflict resolution mechanisms, court-based diversion, youth justice
Current Research Projects
Restorative justice for victims and serious offenders
Supported by an ARC Linkage Grant (Linkage Partner: Corrective Services NSW). This project explores the nature and experience of restorative justice following serious criminal offending with adult offenders in prison. It investigates the short, medium and long term impacts of violent crime for victims, offenders, their families and communities, and the impact of restorative intervention.
Challenges, possibilities and future directions: A national assessment of Australia's Children's Courts’
Supported by an ARC Discovery Grant. This project explored practitioner perceptions of the NSW Children’s Court across both care and criminal jurisdictions. The views of those working in the court (Magistrates, Lawyers, Police Prosecutors, Non –Government Agencies) were gathered with a view to comparative analysis across each of the Australian States and Territories. Strengths, challenges and ideas for reform were compared to make a unique contribution to legal and social policy change.
Postgraduate Research Supervision
Areas of Supervision
Restorative justice, conflict resolution, youth justice, justice innovation including court based diversion
Current Research Supervision
Restorative justice & environmental harm (M. Hamilton, supervised with Assoc. Professor Cameron Holley)
Restorative justice & victim well-being (H.Blackmore, jointly supervised with Prof. Janet Chan)
Restorative justice and non legal entities (S.Jenkins, jointly supervised with Assoc. Professor Chris Michaelson)
Postgraduate & Honours supervision (past)
Speaking throuh the silence: adult female survivors of intra-familial child sexual assault (M. Hudson, PhD in Social Science, 2013)
Constructing juvenile delinquency: an analysis of news media coverage & government response to youth crime in Malaysia (K. Ali, PhD in Criminology, 2012)
Honours - Debunking the 'Westie' myth: youth, media and crime in Western Sydney (K. Adams, 2014)
Honours - Understanding age and crime: older offenders, needs and experiences (R. Boffa, 2014)
Crime Prevention in the Northern Beaches (S. Hulme, Honours, 2013)
Youth Conferencing in NSW (H. Blackmore, Honours, 2011)
Therapeutic Jurisprudence: Drug Courts in Australia (G. Took, Masters in Social Science, UNSW 2011).
NSW Youth Drug & Alcohol Court (I. Daniels, Honours, 2008)
Drink Spiking Across Campus (M. Pohlman, Honours, 2006)
Jane is an engaged teacher committed to inspiring students in their study of social and criminal justice. She is actively involved in the scholarship of teaching and learning with a specific interest in teaching innovations that assist learners engage reflectively with social issues. In 2011 Jane completed her Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching (UNSW).
CRIM1010 Introduction to Criminology
CRIM10101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRIM3001 Criminological Theories
CRIM3019 Restorative Justice
CRIM3013 Understanding Violence, Aggression & Conflict
LAWS8117 Critical Issues in Restorative Justice
Affiliation and Memberships
Member, Resolution Institute
Member, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
Member, Sydney Institute of Criminology
Member, Australian Sociological Association
Associate Member Australian Psychological Society