Griffith Criminology Institute

Griffith University

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The Institute comprises one of the largest, most vibrant and high-performing criminology communities in the world. The Institute provides consolidation of research support and infrastructure, and enables greater collaboration between Griffith criminology researchers and stakeholders across Australia and the international criminology community. The Institute’s vision is to produce cutting-edge knowledge that helps create safe, just, well-governed and equitable societies. Areas of strength include early prevention and crime across the life course, causes and prevention of violence, organisational crime and its control, policing and security studies, crime science, conventional and innovative justice, corrections, and the research-policy nexus. Research themes include: corrections and sentencing; developmental and life course criminology and prevention science; environmental criminology and crime analysis; justice, law and society; policing and security; and violence.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Understanding ideas and practices of justice
  • Place-based criminology
  • Computational criminology (predictive policing, simulation modelling)
  • Expertise in theory, practice, policy, history and future of policing and security
  • Understanding causes, consequences, prevention and control of violence
  • Developmental, life course criminology and prevention science

Facilities and major equipment

  • Social Analytics Laboratory
  • Griffith Youth Forensic Service, comprising specialist forensic psychological assessment and treatment services

Number of research staff

20-100 research staff


Level 4 Social Sciences Building (M10), Griffith University, 176 Messines Ridge Road, Mt Gravatt, 4122

Lead researchers

  • Professor Ross Homel—Research expertise in crime prevention, developmental criminology/prevention, alcohol and drugs, children and young people
  • Professor Kathy Daly—Expertise in gender, race, crime, and criminal justice, and restorative, Indigenous, and transitional justice
  • Professor Janet Ransley —Expertise in police administration, procedures and practice and the causes and prevention of crime

Achievements of the centre

  • Creating Pathways to Prevention—an initiative to reduce youth crime and substance abuse, and promote human and community development
  • The Prosecution Project—investigating the history of the criminal trial in Australia, Professor Mark Finnane and team
  • Redressing Institutional Abuse of Children: A Comparative Analysis, Professor Kathy Daly and team

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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