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 CJS 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
  • Cybercrime and digital criminologies
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs

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.

Recent Publications

2018

Books

Powell, A., Stratton, G. & Cameron, R. (2018). Digital Criminology: Crime and Justice in Digital Society. New York: Routledge

Journal Articles

Laing, M & Maylea, C. (2018) They burn brightly, but only for a short time: The role of social workers in companion animal grief and loss. Anthrozoös. 31(2) 221-232.

Maylea, C & Ryan, C, (2018) Decision-Making Capacity and the Victorian Mental Health Tribunal, International Journal of Mental Health and Capacity Law (24), 87–108.

2017

Book Chapters

Weller, P. (2017). Health and human rights law In: Health Law: Frameworks and Context, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, Australia

Weller, P. (2017). Substitute decision-making In: Health Law: Frameworks and Context, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, Australia

Weller, P. (2017). Withdrawal and withholding of medical treatment In: Health Law: Frameworks and Context, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, Australia

Weller, P. (2017). Euthanasia and assisted suicide In: Health Law: Frameworks and Context, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, Australia

Weller, P. (2017). Mental health law In: Health Law: Frameworks and Context, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, Australia

Comissioned Reports

Liston, R.,Mortimer, S.,Hamilton, G.,Cameron, R. (2017). A team effort: preventing violence against women through sport In: Our Watch Melbourne, Australia

David, C.,Nipperess, S.,Maylea, C. (2017). Submission to the Joint Standing Committee Inquiry into Transitional Arrangements for the National Disability Insurance Scheme In: Refugee Council of Australia Canberra, Australia.

Maylea, C., Dale, M., Alvarez-Vasquez, S., Grey, F., Krishnan, V., Thomas, S., Weller, P. & Martin, M (2017) Review of the Independent Mental Health Advocacy Service (IMHA) – Midterm Report (Commissioned by Victoria Legal Aid)

Maylea, C (2017) Report on Housing, Homelessness and Mental Health Workshop Consultations (Commissioned by the National Mental Health Commission)

Journal Articles

Maylea, C, (2017) Minimising coerciveness in coercion: The place of coercive powers in social work practice – a case study of the Mental Health Act 2014 (Vic). Australian Social Work 70(4).

Maylea, C & Hirsch, A, (2017) The right to refuse – the Mental Health Act 2014 (Vic) under the CRPD. Alternative Law Journal, 42(2).

Maylea, C & Hirsh, A, (2017) Social Workers as Collaborators?: The Ethics of Working Within Australia’s Asylum System. Ethics and Social Welfare. 12(2), pp. 160-178.

Maylea, C. (2017). A rejection of involuntary treatment in mental health social work, Ethics and Social Welfare, 11(4) 669-352.

Roberts, R & Maylea, C (2017) Australian mental health workforce: State and national policy imperatives and implications for workforce development. Paper presented at International Mental Health Conference 2017, Gold Coast.

David, C. Nipperess, S. and Maylea, C. (2017) ‘Submission to the Joint Standing Committee Inquiry into Transitional Arrangements for the National Disability Insurance Scheme’, Refugee Council of Australia, Refugee Council of Australia, Canberra, Australia.

Powell, A., Overington, C., & Hamilton, G. (2017). Following #JillMeagher: Collective meaning-making in response to crime events via social media. Crime, Media, Culture, 1741659017721276.

Sellars, M.,Fullam, R.,O’Leary, C.,Mountjoy, R.,Mawren, D.,Weller, P.,Newton, R.,Brophy, L.,McEwan, T.,Silvester, W. (2017). Australian psychiatrists’ support for psychiatric advance directives: responses to a hypothetical vignette In: Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 24, 61 – 73.

Shawyer, F.,Enticott, J.,Brophy, L.,Bruxner, A.,Fossey, E.,Inder, B.,Julian, J.,Ritsuko, K.,Weller, P.,Wilson-Evered, E.,Eden, V.,Slade, M.,Meadows, G. (2017). The PULSAR Specialist Care protocol: A stepped-wedge cluster randomized control trial of a training intervention for community mental health teams in recovery-oriented practice In: BMC Psychiatry, 17, 1 – 25

Stratton, G., Powell, A., & Cameron, R. (2017). Crime and Justice in Digital Society: Towards a ‘Digital Criminology’? International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy6(2), 17-33

Stone, U.,Liddell, M.,Martinovic, M. (2017). Incarcerated mothers: issues and barriers for regaining custody of children In: The Prison Journal, 97, 296 – 317

Weller, P. (2017). Mental capacity and states of exception: revisiting disability law with Giorgio Agamben In: Continuum, 31, 400 – 410

2016

Books

Daley, K. (2016). Youth and Substance Abuse, Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland

Book Chapters

Martin, S.,Goodman, R. (2016). Living on the edge: New forms of poverty on the urban fringe In: Social Work and the City: Urban Themes in 21st-Century Social Work, Palgrave MacMillan, United Kingdom

Maylea, C. (2016). An end to involuntary treatment in Australian mental health social work.  In: Social Work and Health: Inclusive Practice Research and Education, Depaul Centre for Research and Development, Kerala, India. 

Journal Articles

Bartels, L.,Martinovic, M. (2017). Electronic monitoring: The experience in Australia In: European Journal of Probation, 9, 80 – 102

Enticott, J.,Shawyer, F.,Brophy, L.,Russell, G.,Fossey, E.,Inder, B.,Mazza, D.,Vasi, S.,Weller, P.,Wilson-Evered, E.,Eden, V.,Meadows, G. (2016). “The PULSAR primary care protocol: A stepped-wedge cluster randomized controlled trial to test a training intervention for general practitioners in recovery-oriented practice to optimize personal recovery in adult patients” In: BMC Psychiatry, 16, 1 – 16

Hirsch, A.,Maylea, C. (2016). Education denied: people seeking asylum and refugees trapped in limbo In: New Community Quarterly Journal for Social Justice, Sustainability, Community Development and Human Rights, 14, 19 – 24

Liddell, M.,Blake, M.,Singh, S. (2017). Over-represented and misunderstood: Pacific young people and juvenile justice in NSW In: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, , 1 – 19

Malins, P. (2017). Desiring assemblages: A case for desire over pleasure in critical drug studies In: International Journal of Drug Policy, 49, 126 – 132

Maylea, C. (2016). Food scarcity and the Paracel Islands – What can be done to maintain traditional fishing grounds? New Community Journal, 14, 78 – 84.

Hirsch, A. & Maylea, C. (2016). Education denied: people seeking asylum and refugees trapped in limbo, New Community Journal, 14, 19 – 24.

Maylea, C. (2016). A rejection of involuntary treatment in mental health social work. Ethics and Social Welfare, 1 – 17. 

Martinovic, M. (2016). GPS-EM sanctions for serious sex offenders: The application and outcomes in the United States and Australia In: Journal of Technology in Human Services, 34, 82 – 101

Maylea, C. (2016). An end to involuntary treatment in Australian mental health social work, Social Work and Health: Inclusive Practice Research and Education, Depaul Centre for Research and Development, Kerala, India.

Mitchell, P.,Kutin, J.,Daley, K.,Best, D.,Bruun, A. (2016). Gender differences in psychosocial complexity for a cohort of adolescents attending youth-specific substance abuse services In: Children and Youth Services Review, 68, 34 – 43

Murphy, B.,Liddell, M.,Bugeja, L. (2016). Service contacts proximate to intimate partner homicides in Victoria In: Journal of Family Violence, 31, 39 – 48

Weller, P. (2016). The contradictions of gender: women, men and violence in mental health research-policy, law and human rights In: Griffith Law Review, 25, 87 – 103

Commissioned Reports

Roberts, R & Maylea, C (2016) Integration and primary health care- Implications for cross-agency collaboration for better health and well-being (Commissioned by the NSW Mental Health Branch)

Roberts, R & Maylea, C (2016) Cross-sector mental health and social emotional well-being policy and initiatives (Commissioned by the NSW Mental Health Branch)

Roberts, R & Maylea, C (2016) Mental Health Workforce State and National Policy Analysis (Commissioned by the NSW Mental Health Branch)

Projects

Crime and Justice by Social Media

Examining the nature, influence and impact of citizens’ engagement with crime and justice via social media.

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Evaluation of Victoria Legal Aid’s Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) Program

Take part in our survey if you're a consumer or mental health professional and tell us how IMHA can improve their services.

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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

Researchers

Dr Chris Maylea

Dr Chris Maylea

Lecturer

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Dr Marg Liddell

Dr Marg Liddell

Senior Lecturer

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Dr Marietta Martinovic

Dr Marietta Martinovic

Senior Lecturer

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Dr Sonia Martin

Dr Sonia Martin

Lecturer

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Ruth Liston

Ruth Liston

Associate Lecturer

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Dr Peta Mallins

Dr Peta Mallins

Lecturer

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Dr Kathryn Daley

Dr Kathryn Daley

Lecturer

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Professor Penelope Weller

Professor Penelope Weller

Professor

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Dr Peter Chambers

Dr Peter Chambers

Senior Lecturer

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Dr Miranda Lai

Dr Miranda Lai

Lecturer

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Higher Degree Research Students

Collaborators within RMIT

Key Industry Partners

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

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The Victorian Postgraduate Criminology Conference

The Victorian Postgraduate Criminology Conference wants your papers! The third annual Victorian Postgraduate Criminology Conference (VPCC) will feature student papers, a professional development panel, a keynote address, and host a public event in the evening following the conference. Works-in-progress and panel submissions welcome! To submit and for more information go to: https://bit.ly/2FCCneE 

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Dr Anastasia Powell presents on a new framework for crime and justice in digital society

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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Meet Colette Einfeld: Doctoral candidate exploring ‘nudge policy’

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