Criminology at UNSW addresses established and emerging issues in relation to crime, crime prevention and criminal justice intervention from both theoretical and applied/policy driven perspectives. As a unique cross-faculty research area, combining the work of prominent researchers across the University, Criminology at UNSW is a national and international leader in the field.

Our diverse network of scholars addresses issues related to crime, victimisation, crime prevention and criminal justice intervention with a commitment and dedication to improving both our understanding of these issues and existing practices. Criminology scholars at UNSW are at the forefront of their fields, examining traditional and emerging areas such as legal culture and restorative justice, drug law, post colonial penality affecting Indigenous Australians, youth and women, disability in the criminal justice system, attitudes towards and treatment of sex offenders, policing of domestic violence, sexting, e-trafficking, transnational crime, state crime, and confession law.

Our contribution to knowledge and society is significant as we embrace diversities that make our scholarly work unique. This diversity includes the disciplinary traditions of law, sociology and social work. It covers criminological and law/legal inquiry across local, regional, national and international boundaries, taking a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches.

Criminology research can be found across five faculties at UNSW, but the core Criminology programs are a cross-faculty initiative between Arts and Social Sciences and Law. The University is also home to the Crime and Justice Research Network and the Criminology and Criminal Justice Research Group.

The Impact of our Work

The research outcomes from our work in Criminology have significant impact across society, informing areas as diverse as policy, legal reform, advocacy, social programs, communication, media and community development, as well as influencing public debate and media.

Indicative of the relevance of their research our scholars are engaged with groups in the community, and have partnerships and research projects with industry partners, government agencies and NGOs at local, national and international levels. Highly regarded amongst their peers our researchers also work and publish with scholars from leading universities globally, and actively engage with bodies such as the International Society of Criminology, the International Association of Prosecutors, the International Academy of Law and Mental Health, the British Society of Criminology and the American Society of Criminology.

Our staff also serve outside the university as NSW Law Reform Commissioners, expert advisors and ministerial advisors and are invited frequently to make Parliamentary inquiry submissions and serve on government committees and taskforces.

Evidence of Excellence

UNSW has brought together a critical mass of scholars who are highly regarded in Australia and internationally.

Our researchers enjoy significant grant success, and produce numerous high quality books, book chapters and peer-reviewed articles.

Their scholarly output and social impact have been recognized through numerous prizes and acknowledgements, such as The Public Service Medal, The NSW Law and Justice Foundation Justice Medal, NSW Woman of the Year (finalist), UNSW Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, an Innovative Teaching and Educational Technology Fellowship and a UNSW Learning and Teaching Award.

UNSW Research Strength: Social Policy, government and health policy

Excellence in Research for Australia 2012: Scored a 3, placing Criminlogy at UNSW at world standard