Associate Professor Derek Dalton

Associate Professor

College of Business, Government and Law

place Law & Commerce Building (3.32)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Derek Dalton is an Associate Professor in the College of Business, Government and Law. Prior to coming to Flinders he lectured in Criminal Justice at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst. In addition to teaching his upper level electives "Crime, Law and Trauma" and "Encountering Crime" [a topic which explores how students "consume" crime through popular culture] he supervises both honours and doctoral students.


B.Ed (Melb); M.Crim (Melb); PhD (Melb)

Honours, awards and grants

July 2009, recipient of a $10,000 Australian Learning & Teaching Council "Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning".  My citation was based on inspiring teaching and assessment innovations I pioneered in the topic "Crime, Law & Trauma" over five years.

In August 2009 I was the recipient of a $3000 Faculty of Education, Theology, Humanities and Law "Award for Excellence in Teaching"

In December 2009 I was the recipient of a $5000 Vice-Chancellor's Award For Excellence in Teaching based on my achievements in the topic "Crime, Law and Trauma".

Research interests
Derek's research interests cluster around the historic criminalisation of gay male sexuality and its enduring legacy in contemporary times.  He is also interested in cinematic representations of criminality.  Derek's latest research engages with "dark tourism" (thanatourism).
Topic coordinator
CRIM1101 Crime and Criminology
Supervisory interests
Dark tourism
Representations of crime
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: The 'harm' of cinematic images (1)
Associate supervisor: Social networking and crime (1), Road Traffic Advertisements and crime prevention (1), The role of the International Criminal Court (1)
Principal supervisor: post custodial surveillance of offenders (1), Women in Policing (1)
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