Ruth McCausland

Senior Research Fellow (UNSW)

Dr Ruth McCausland is Senior Research Fellow and Director of Evaluation for the Yuwaya Ngarra-li partnership between UNSW and the Dharriwaa Elders Group. Her research focuses on young people, women, people with disabilities and Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system and the social determinants of justice. 

Ruth's PhD was on evaluation and the diversion of Aboriginal women from prison in NSW, and she also has a Masters in International Social Development and BA (Hons 1). Ruth has worked as an evaluation consultant for government and non-government agencies. She was previously a senior researcher at Jumbunna, UTS, and research and policy officer at the Australian Human Rights Commission and NSW Anti-Discrimination Board.

Ruth is Chair of the Board of the Community Restorative Centre.


Book Chapters
Baldry E; McCausland R; McEntyre E, 2018, 'Institutions of Default and Management: Aboriginal women with mental and cognitive disability in prison', in , Plagrave Macmillan, pp. 185 - 210,
McCausland R; Baldry E, 2017, 'Understanding women offenders in prison', in The Routledge International Handbook of Forensic Psychology in Secure Settings, pp. 25 - 39,
Baldry E; Mccausland R, 2013, 'Incarcerated Indigenous Australian Mothers: Maintaining Patriarchal Colonization', in Eljdupovic G; Bromwich RJ (ed.), Incarcerated Mothers: Oppression and Resistance, edn. 1, Demeter Press, Bradford UK, pp. 121 - 136,
Journal articles
McCausland R, 2019, '‘I’m sorry but I can’t take a photo of someone’s capacity being built’: Reflections on evaluation of Indigenous policy and programmes', Evaluation Journal of Australasia, vol. 19, pp. 64 - 78,
McCausland R; Baldry E, 2017, '‘I feel like I failed him by ringing the police’: Criminalising disability in Australia', Punishment and Society, vol. 19, pp. 290 - 309,
Baldry E; McCausland R; Dowse L; McEntyre E; MacGillivray P, 2016, '‘It’s just a big vicious cycle that swallows them up': Indigenous people with mental and cognitive disabilities in the criminal justice system', Indigenous Law Bulletin, vol. 8, pp. 10 - 16
Mccausland R; Vivian A, 2010, 'Why Do Some Aboriginal Communities Have Lower Crime Rates Than Others?: A Pilot Study', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, vol. 43, pp. 301 - 332,
Baldry E; Mccausland R, 2009, 'Mother: seeking safe home. Aboriginal women post-release', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, vol. 21, pp. 288 - 301
McCausland R; Vivian A, 2009, '‘A Tale of Two Towns: A Comparative Study of Wilcannia and Menindee’', Indigenous Law Bulletin, vol. 7, pp. 7 - 11,
Williams G; Behrendt L; McCausland R; Reilly A; McMillan M, 2007, 'The Promise of Regional Governance for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Communities', Ngiya: Talk the Law, vol. 1, pp. 126 - 166
McCausland R; Levy M, 2006, 'Indigenous policy and mutual obligation: Shared or shifting responsibility agreements?', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 41, pp. 277 - 294,
McCausland R, 2006, ''Agreement-Making under the New Arrangements in Indigenous Policy'', Australian Indigenous Law Review, vol. 10, pp. 3 - 13,
McCausland R, 2006, ''Trickle Down or Rights Way Up? Development, Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples'', Balayi: Culture, Law and Colonialism, vol. 9, pp. 26 - 57,
McCausland R, 2005, ''Shared Responsibility Agreeements: practical reconciliation or paternalistic rhetoric?'', Indigenous Law Bulletin, vol. 6, pp. 9 - 11,
McCausland R; Reeve R; Gooding P, 'The economic case for improving legal outcomes for accused persons with cognitive disability: an Australian study', International Journal of Law in Context, pp. 1 - 23,
McCausland R; Baldry E; McEntyre E, 2017, Indigenous People, Mental Health, Cognitive Disability and the Criminal Justice System, Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse, Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse, 22,
McCausland R; Reeve R; Gooding P; Baldry E, 2017, Cost Benefit Analysis of Support Workers in Legal Services For People with Cognitive Disability,
McCausland R; McSherry B; Baldry E; Arstein-Kerslake A; Gooding P; Arabena K, 2017, Unfitness to Plead and Indefinite Detention of Persons with Cognitive Disabilities:Addressing the Legal Barriers and Creating Appropriate Alternative Supports in the Community,
Baldry E; McCausland R; Dowse L; McEntyre E, 2015, A Predictable and Preventable path: Aboriginal People with mental and cognitive disability in the criminal justice system, UNSW, Sydney,
McCausland R, 2014, Aboriginal Women’s Access to Diversionary Programs in NSW, Women's Advisory Council, Corrective Services NSW
Baldry E; McCausland R; Cohen A; Johnson S, 2013, People with mental health disorders and cognitive impairment in the criminal justice system Cost-benefit analysis of early support and diversion, AHRC, Sydney,
Baldry E; Dowse LM; Mccausland R; Clarence M, 2012, Lifecourse institutional costs of homelessness for vulnerable groups, FaHCSIA, UNSW,