Researchers in the Crime, Justice & Society research program engage and collaborate with industry to ensure that our teaching and research is timely, relevant and meaningful to the contemporary needs of services and agencies, and users of the criminal justice sector. A particular focus of our work is on consumer participation, actively encouraging the inclusion of their voice and detailing their experiences, preferences and needs.

Members of this research program are drawn from across RMIT University and represent a range of connected disciplines including social work, justice and legal studies, and law and bring a range of methodological expertise. This range of skills and expertise means the LJSP program is uniquely positioned to create multidisciplinary research teams that are able to consider and address a wide range of social justice related issues, whilst retaining a strong sensitivity to the complexities and vulnerabilities of people who have had contact with the criminal justice system. The breadth of their research expertise, interests and industry engagements reflects the complex and multifaceted nature of this population.

Key research interests

  • Criminal justice systems and processes
  • Juvenile justice
  • Mental health and the law
  • Social Policy
  • Discrimination
  • Stigma and social distance
  • Marginalised populations
  • Consumer participation

Key Activities

  • Building capacity of HDR students, Early Career Researchers, researchers and practitioners to address significant social justice-related issues.
  • Fostering and growing meaningful partnerships with community groups, industry, governments and other academics to help inform the development and refinement of our research priorities.
  • Disseminating research findings to a range of audiences to help create opportunities for the translation of outputs into policy and practice.
  • Providing access to and developing accessible resources for end users.

Projects

Knowledge is power in reducing youth suicide risk

First of its kind study looking at the levels of depression, anxiety, stress and suicidal ideation among ReachOut.com users

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Key People

Lead researchers

Professor Stuart Thomas

Professor Stuart Thomas

Director, Centre for Applied Social Research

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Dr Marg Liddell

Dr Marg Liddell

Senior Lecturer

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Dr Marietta Martinovic

Dr Marietta Martinovic

Lecturer

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Dr Sonia Martin

Dr Sonia Martin

Lecturer

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Associate Professor Jenny Martin

Associate Professor Jenny Martin

Associate Professor of Social Work

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Ruth Liston

Ruth Liston

Associate Lecturer

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Peta Mallins

Peta Mallins

Lecturer

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Early Career Program Leader

Higher Degree Research Students

Collaboraters within RMIT

Key Industry Partners

  • Rotary
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Wollongong  

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News & Blog

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Dr Anastasia Powell who is one of the Lead Researcher’s in the Gendered Violence & Inequality Research Program and also works across the Law, Justice and Social Policy Research Program, recently participated in a meeting of the International Interdisciplinary Research Consortium on Cybercrime (IIRCC). The consortium was held at the International Institute for the Sociology […]

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How resilience can break the link between a ‘bad’ childhood and the youth justice system

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Meet Colette Einfeld: Doctoral candidate exploring ‘nudge policy’

Colette Einfeld’s PhD aims to capture the development, implementation and evaluation of a ‘nudge’ policy, with a focus on understanding the processes and best practice of nudge policy development.

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