Dr Phillip Wadds

Lecturer in Criminology

PhD Criminology; B. Criminology and Policing (Hons)

School of Social Sciences


9385 2312
G44 Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Criminology, Causes and Prevention of Crime, Crime Policy
Tags: Criminal Justice, Crime Prevention

Phillip is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of New South Wales. He completed his PhD at the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University in 2013. His thesis, Policing Nightlife: The Representation and Transformation of Security in Sydney's Night-Time Economy, followed critical transitions in the regulation and policing of Sydney nightlife and the role that both public and private policing agencies play in this complex and highly politicised environment.

Phillip has project managed a number of major research projects, including the NDLERF funded Patron Offending and Intoxication in Night-Time Entertainment Districts (POINTED) Project and NSW Health funded Alcohol Combined with Energy Drinks (ACED) project. He is currently Chief Investigator on a NSW Department of Justice funded research project evaluating the Take Kare Safe Space Program that has been operating in key nightlife precincts across Sydney since 2014 ($180,000) and a pilot project investigating the nature and extent of violence, sexual violence and issues of public safety at Australian music festivals.

In 2018, Phillip was appointed to the City of Sydney's Nightlife and Creative Sector Advisory Panel and the Randwick City Council Night-time Economy Advisory Committee.

Phillip's research interests include the night-time economy, alcohol and drug related violence, crime prevention, policing policy and practice, plural policing, urban governance and the relationship between the media, crime and policing.


    Book Chapters

    • Tomsen S;Wadds P, 2016, 'Nightlife Ethnography, Violence, Policing and Security', in Stubbs J; Tomsen S (ed.), Australian Violence: Crime, Criminal Justice and Beyond, The Federation Press, Sydney
    • Wadds PJ;Miller P;Pennay A;Droste N;Jenkinson R;Quinn B;Chikritzhs T;Tomsen S;Jones S;Palmer D;Barrie L;Lam T;Gilmore W;Lubman D, 2014, 'Patron offending and intoxication in night-time entertainment districts (POINTED)'', in Manton E; Room R; Giorgi C; Thorn M (ed.), Stemming the Tide of Alcohol: Liquor Licensing and the Public Interest

    Journal articles

    • Wadds P, 2019, '‘It’s not like it used to be’: Respect and nostalgia in the policing of nightlife', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, vol. 52, pp. 213 - 230, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0004865818781204
    • Pennay A;Peacock A;Droste N;Miller P;Bruno R;Wadds P;Tomsen S;Lubman D, 2018, 'What do we know about alcohol mixed with energy drink (AmED) use in Australia? Expanding local evidence', Public Health Research and Practice, vol. 28, http://dx.doi.org/10.17061/phrp2831817
    • Fisher DG;Wadds P;Clancey G, 2018, 'The patchwork of alcohol-free zones and alcohol-prohibited areas in New South Wales (Australia)', Safer Communities, vol. 17, pp. 94 - 102, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/SC-06-2017-0025
    • Wadds PJ, 2015, 'Crime, Policing and (In)Security: Press Depictions of Sydney's Night-Time Economy', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, vol. 27, pp. 95 - 112
    • Miller P;Pennay A;Droste N;Butler E;Jenkinson R;Hyder S;Quinn B;Chikritzhs T;Tomsen S;Wadds P;Jones SC;Palmer D;Barrie L;Lam T;Gilmore W;Lubman DI, 2014, 'A comparative study of blood alcohol concentrations in Australian night-time entertainment districts', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 33, pp. 338 - 345, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.12145
    • Miller P;Pennay A;Jenkinson R;Droste N;Chikritzhs T;Tomsen S;Wadds P;Jones S;Palmer D;Barrie L;Lubman D, 2013, 'Patron offending and intoxication in night time entertainment districts (POINTED) : a study protocol', International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research, vol. 2, pp. 69 - 76

    Conference Papers

    • Du Preez L;Wadds PJ, 2016, 'Gendered Responsibilisation in the Night-Time Economy', in Chou M (ed.), Proceedings of The Australian Sociological Association Conference, The Australian Catholic University, Fitzroy, Melbourne, TASA, Melbourne, pp. 62 - 67, presented at TASA, Melbourne, 28 November - 01 December 2016
    • Wadds PJ, 2011, 'Securing Nightlife: Media Representations of Public and Private Policing', in The Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference 2010, Sydney Law School., The Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference 2010, Sydney Law School., Sydney University Law School, Sydney, presented at The Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference 2010, Sydney Law School., Sydney University Law School, Sydney, 01 - 02 July 2010, https://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/bitstream/2123/7374/1/Wadds_ANZCCC2010.pdf


    • Miller P;Pennay A;Droste N;Jenkinson R;Quinn B;Chikritzhs T;Tomsen S;Wadds PJ;Jones S;Palmer D;Barrie L;Lam T;Gilmore W;Lubman D, 2013, Patron Offending and Intoxication in Night-time Entertainment Districts (POINTED) : Final Report, NDLERF, National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund, Monograph Series no. 46, Monograph Series no. 46
    • Lubman D;Peacock A;Droste N;Pennay A;Miller P;Bruno R;Lloyd B;Hyder S;Roxburgh A;Wadds PJ;Tomsen S;Brown J, 2013, Alcohol and Energy Drinks in NSW: A Report Prepared for NSW Health, NSW Health


Teaching and Supervision


CRIM 1010- Criminology: An Introduction

CRIM 3001- Explaining Crime

CRIM 3000- Criminology in Practice (Criminology Capstone)

Social Research and Policy:

SRAP 2002- Policy Analysis

Honours and prizes

2015 Dean's Award for Innovative Blended Learning (Western Sydney University)

Winner of the 2013 Drug and Alcohol Awards ‘Excellence in Research Award’ - POINTED project


NSW Department of Justice- Evaluating the Take Kare Safe Space Project (with Professor Anthony Shakeshaft and Professor Chris Doran)- $180,000

Safety, sexual harassment and assault at Australian music festivals (with Dr Bianca Fileborn and Professor Stephen Tomsen)- $12,000

Planning for a Vibrant and Safe Night-Time Economy in Parramatta LGA- $80,000

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