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Crime and Criminal Justice Research Network

An interdisciplinary approach to crime and criminal justice issues

Sydney Law School is home to world-class scholars and researchers directly and indirectly working on crime and criminal justice issues.

A network of scholars with an interest in crime and criminal justice issues has been formed to harness the diverse skills and research interests of staff spread across the University. This network spans many disciplines, including law, criminology, psychology, data science, economics, business, education, social work, and urban planning.

An interdisciplinary approach to real-world crime and criminal justice issues maximises the chances of achieving positive outcomes in this complex area of public administration and policy. Bringing scholars together from diverse disciplines results in the development of novel insights unlikely to arise through single-discipline approaches.

The Crime and Criminal Justice Network is also connecting significant University of Sydney research centres and institutions. The Centre for Translational Data Science, the Sydney Policy Lab, the Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic, the Sydney Institute of Criminology and the Brain and Mind Centre are just some of the established research centres with current research activities focus on crime and criminal justice issues. Cross-centre links are helping to promote inter-disciplinary research activities.

The Crime and Criminal Justice Research Network is closely connected to industry and is interested in contemporary real-world problems. Through applied research projects, scholars connected with the network are directly working on a myriad of issues relevant to understanding the causes of crime and efficient and effective approaches to responding to crime-related issues.

Research briefs

A series of research briefs are being developed to showcase the work of scholars from across the University. These briefs highlight important work that is focused on diverse issues such as:

  • economic modelling of private prisons
  • the use of audio-visual links in courts and prisons
  • the effectiveness of programs for perpetrators of domestic violence
  • security risks of juvenile detainees
  • eyewitness memory
  • whistle-blower protections
  • wrongful convictions
  • and the role of statistical evidence in criminal trials.

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