Community Engagement

UNSW Criminology partners with a wide range of government and non-government organisations including the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, one of our Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant partners.

We also have Linkage partnerships with Corrections NSW, Justice Health, Juvenile Justice NSW, Family and Community Services (FaCS) [Child Protection, Housing and Ageing Disability and Home Care], Legal Aid, and Aboriginal Legal Services NSW.

UNSW Criminology regularly engages with law enforcement agencies including the Australian Crime Commission, Australian Federal Police, Australia Customs, and NSW, WA, SA, Tasmania and Victoria Police.

In addition, we work with community organisations and NGOs such as Scarlet Alliance, Community Restorative Centre, Council of Social Service of New South Wales (NCOSS), Community Action Against Homophobia, and Cross Border Collective.

Many of our staff have been appointed to National and State ministerial and departmental advisory committees, Law Reform Commission references, and government/community evaluation and inquiry committees to share insights from our research and to work on improving policy and its implementation. We also frequently provide media commentary on current criminal justice matters.

Eileen Baldry has played a pivotal role in UNSW Criminology’s engagement with a large number of community, government and not for profit organisations. Currently these include UNSW’s 20-year collaboration with NSW Family and Community Services (FACS), strengthened recently by a MOU with FACS South Eastern Sydney. Working in partnership with Aboriginal communities to produce a series of educational and advocacy packages for Indigenous Australians with mental and cognitive disability in the criminal justice system. This engagement has been made possible through an ARC Linkage project. An ARC Linkage project, A Future Beyond the Wall: education training and employment for prisoners and ex-prisoners, led by Eileen, with UNSW Social Science colleagues Leanne Dowse, and Jesse Cale; researchers from Flinders University, David Bright; and partners NSW and ACT Corrective Services; job service providers WISE Employment, Break Thru People Solutions, the Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO); as well as the Australian Correctional Education Association (ACEA). With support from the Ted Noffs Foundation, Eileen is working with project leader, Sally Nathan, to examine the benefits of life management development for young people using alcohol and drugs, caught up in the criminal justice system.

Jane Bolitho is an empirically based crime & justice researcher and classroom educator driven by a passion to make a difference. Community engagement is a core part of everyday business ensuring her work has real world impact. In 2017 Jane hosted a one day workshop to educate a delegation of 45 Thai Justice Government directors on restorative justice. Bringing together the key NSW government restorative justice managers & practitioners this interactive session showcased why Australia is a leader in this field. At a national level in 2016 Jane & her research team completed an evidence based review on the applicability of restorative following sexual violence for the Royal Commission into Institutionally Responses to Child Sexual Assault. As an increasingly regarded international expert on restorative justice in 2016 Jane was one of 15 researchers invited from around the globe to a participate in a forum on global issues facing the restorative justice movement. Community engagement means working in partnership with state and federal government departments as well as non-government agencies. Between 2009-2014 as a Chief Investigator (with Professor Janet Chan, UNSW Law) in an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, Jane collaborated with NSW Justice (Corrective Services) as the Industry Partner to explore the potential of victim focused restorative justice following serious crime (murder, manslaughter, armed robbery, sexual violence). The UNSW research team now holds the largest existing database world-wide on a government run, post-sentencing restorative practice for adults convicted of serious crime. On-going analysis and new findings are actively disseminated to restorative justice practitioners, researchers and policy makers via peer reviewed publications and domestic and international conference presentations. Between 2008-2010 as a Chief Investigator (NSW criminal justice focus) on an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant Jane collaborated with 16 researchers from each of the Australian States and Territories on the first national study of Australia’s Children’s Courts. This research mapped current practice and via comparative analysis led to the discovery of new themes and directions for Australian youth justice. Project findings were (and are still) being communicated and debated in a series of community roundtables, forums & conferences. Jane is a member of Resolution Institute Australia, Restorative Practices International, Restorative Justice International, the Australian Society of Criminology, the Sydney Institute of Criminology and an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Jesse Cale is actively engaged in a number of professional associations in Australia and internationally. He serves as an Executive Councilor for the Division of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology at the American Society of Criminology (ASC). He is a member of the Division of Victimology at the ASC. Jesse is regularly engaged with the public service. He has served as an external reviewer into child deaths in custody in Canada, and also has provided research training to various private and government agencies and also consults to several non-government organisations such as the Women in Prison Advocacy Network (WIPAN). In collaboration with the Social Policy and Research Centre and kylie valentine at UNSW, he is currently engaged in an evaluation of home detention in South Australia. He is also currently working with the Gendered Violence Research Network and UNSW’s Jan Breckenridge examining sexual assault in the Australian Defence Force and on University Campuses. Finally, he is currently a Chief Investigator on an ARC Linkage grant with UNSW’s Eileen Baldry examining ex-offender employment outcomes and desistance from crime, and an ARC Discovery Project with Professor Andrew Goldsmith and Dr. Russell Brewer from Flinders University, and Professor Tom Holt from Michigan State University, examining youth engagement with the internet and online-delinquency.

Chris Cunneen is leading an ARC Discovery grant on ‘Comparative Youth Penality’ which involves significant engagement with various juvenile justice, legal aid, youth court, Indigenous youth organisations and data agencies across Australia, England and Wales to examine how and why young people have been and are arrested, held in custody, sentenced, diverted and supported. This project includes Eileen Baldry, as well as David Brown and Melanie Schwartz from UNSW Law, and Barry Goldson (Liverpool University). In addition, Chris’ research on Indigenous legal issues regularly engages with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, community legal centres, Legal Aid Commissions and various Indigenous community-based organisations. He is a member of the European Society of Criminology, the American Society of Criminology and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology.

Bianca Fileborn is currently engaged with a range of professional associations and community engagement roles. She is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, and the Australian Women and Gender Studies Association. Dr Fileborn currently sits on the Sexual Assault and Harassment in Live Music Venues Taskforce convened by the Victorian Department of Justice, and chairs the Working Group for this Taskforce. This has involved leading the development of a policy and training program for venue staff to assist in fostering appropriate responses to incidents of harassment and assault, and in developing a venue culture that does not condone these behaviours. She is currently a co-investigator for the project 'Older women's right to be safe at home and in care', funded by the Victorian Women's Benevolent Trust, with Dr Catherine Barrett and the Victorian COTA. Key outcomes of this project include the development of a state-wide strategy for the prevention of sexual assault against older women, and the development of training and educational resources for aged care service providers.

Alyce McGovern has actively engaged with a number of organisations and professional bodies over the course of her career. Her research into police media relations has seen her work closely with the NSW Police Force, along with other state police organisations around Australia, to explore police use of social media. She was also a CI (with Professor Murray Lee, Sydney University; Professor Thomas Crofts, Sydney University; and Dr Sanja Milivojevic, La Trobe University) on an AIC Criminology Research Grant into young people and sexting that was co-funded by the NSW Commission for Children and Young People and the Sydney Institute of Criminology. Since 2016 Alyce has also been the NSW Representative on the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Committee of Management.

Stacy Tzoumakis is actively engaged with the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, NSW Ministry of Health, and the NSW Department of Education as part of her involvement with the NSW Child Development Study (NSW-CDS). She worked closely with a number of stakeholders including Government, Catholic, and Independent schools, Principals, teachers and parent groups to implement the 2015 Middle Childhood Survey, a state-wide survey on the mental health and wellbeing of over 27,000 Year 6 students. Stacy is currently a Chief Investigator on an ARC Discovery Project Grant with Associate Professor Kimberlie Dean and other NSW-CDS researchers, which involves working with the NSW Police Force to examine young people’s involvement with the criminal justice system. Stacy also has clinical experience in the assessment and treatment of young children with mental health problems; she conducted clinical home visitations to support families on waitlists for psychiatric care. She has contributed to the development of tools and programs to support mothers with mental illness and substance abuse problems. She provides research advice to several non-government organisations such as the Women in Prison Advocacy Network and SMART Recovery Australia. She has presented her research to a wide range of audiences (e.g., public, parents, teachers, criminologists, social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists) at numerous community engagement events, workshops, and training seminars in Australia and Canada. She is a member of the American Society of Criminology’s Division of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology and serves as Membership Committee Member. Stacy is also affiliated with the Gendered Violence Research Network.

Phillip Wadds has worked on a number of major research projects, including the ARC Discovery funded The City After Dark Project, the National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund (NDLERF) funded Patron Offending and Intoxication in Night-Time Entertainment Districts (POINTED) Project and the New South Wales Health funded Alcohol Combined with Energy Drinks (ACED) project. The POINTED Project won the 2013 Drug and Alcohol Awards ‘Excellence in Research Award’ for its innovative and ground-breaking research design and methods. His research involves collaborations with numerous government, non-government and private organisations and examines issues around crime prevention, policing and security, offending, the night-time economy, alcohol and drug related violence, urban governance, masculinities, and the relationship between the media, crime and policing.