Professor Mark Halsey


College of Business, Government and Law

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

Mark first joined the Law School in 2000. From 2005 to 2007 he taught criminology at the University of Melbourne. He is Joint Chief Editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology and is Research Section Head, Criminology and Criminal Justice, College of Business, Government and Law. Mark's key areas of interest include youth offending, repeat incarceration and rehabilitation, gun violence, Aboriginal social exclusion, and desistance from crime. He has received five successive Australian Research Council (ARC) grants enabling study of these and related issues. From 2004 to 2013, Mark conducted Australia's longest and most in-depth study of repeat incarceation and desistance from crime among a group of young men aged 15 to 29 years. The book based on that research (Young Offenders: Crime, Prison and Struggles for Desistance) won the 2017 Christine M Alder Book Prize. He has also undertaken consultancies for state and local governments in areas ranging across graffiti vandalism, restorative and therapeutic justice, correctional corruption, offender reintegration, mentoring and serious repeat youth offending. He serves on the editorial boards of the International Series on Desistance and Rehabilitation (Routledge) and the International Journal for Crime and Justice. In 2017 he was awarded a four-year ARC grant for the project Reducing Aboriginal Imprisonment: An Offence-Specific Study. The project will examine the relationship between repeat imprisonment and several of the key communties in South Australia and the Northern Territory to which Aboriginal people return following release from custody for assault and/or offences against justice procedures (e.g. for breaches of bail or parole).

PhD (Melb), MCrim (Melb), BA(Hons) (Adel)
Honours, awards and grants

2017 Christine M Alder Book Prize, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (for the book Young Offenders: Crime, Prison and Struggles for Desistance)

2006 Dean's commendation for teaching excellence, University of Melbourne

2005 Dean's commendation for teaching excellence, University of Melbourne

2003 Chancellor's Prize for Excellence in PhD (Arts and Humanities), University of Melbourne

Key responsibilities

Joint Chief Editor, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology

Research Section Head, Criminology and Criminal Justice, College of Business, Government and Law

Research expertise
Research interests

Nationally Competitive Grants

ARC Discovery [DP150100619] (2015-2017), $234300 (with Andrew Goldsmith (Flinders University) & David Bright (UNSW))

Understanding and preventing gun violence: A qualitative study

ARC Discovery [FT120100284] (2013 to 2016), $727146

Generations through prison: A critical exploration of the causes, experiences and consequences of intergenerational incarceration

ARC Discovery [DP0984562] (2009-2013), $501903

Generativity in young male (ex)prisoners: Caring for self, other and future within prison and beyond

ARC Discovery [DP0556471] (2005-08), $161000

Understanding recidivism and repeat incarceration among young male offenders: A biographical and longtudinal approach

Selected Consultancies & Commissioned Reports

Goldsmith, A., Halsey, M. & Groves, A. (2014) Review of Contemporary Corrective Services Literature. Prepared for Western Australian Corruption and Crime Commission.

Halsey, M. (2012) "Step Out" Mentoring Initiative: Final Report. Prepared for Australian Red Cross.

Halsey, M. & Goldsmith, A. (2010) Operation Mandrake Research Report. Prepared for Nendi Working Group, Attorney General's Department, South Australia.

Ross, S., Halsey, M., Bamford, D., Cameron, N. & King, A. (2009) Evaluation of the Neighbourhood Justice Centre (2007-2009), City of Yarra: Final Report. Prepared for Department of Justice, Victoria.

Halsey, M. (2006) Time for Kids Inc.: Client Perspectives on Intervention and Assistance. Prepared for Time for Kids Inc.

Goldsmith, A., Halsey, M. & Bamford, D. (2005) Adult Restorative Justice Conferencing Pilot: Final Report. Prepared for South Australian Courts Administration Authority.

Halsey, M. (2005) Draft Graffiti Management Strategy. Prepared for City of Brimbank, Victoria.

Halsey, M. & Young, A. (2002) Graffiti Culture Research Project: Final Report. Prepared for KESAB Environmental Solutions, City of Mitcham, City of Onkaparinga, City of Tea Tree Gully, Crime Prevention Committees of the City of Salisbury, City of Tea Tree Gully, and City of Mitcham and Unley, TransAdelaide, and the Crime Prevention Unit of the South Australian Attorney General's Department.

Teaching interests

A selection of past topics taught include: Crime and Justice, Crime and Punishment, Advanced Criminology, Violence (Flinders University) as well as From Graffiti to Terrorism and Qualitative Research Methods (University of Melbourne)

Topic coordinator
CRIM2201 Punishment and Society
Supervisory interests
Desistance from crime
Detention and imprisonment
Repeat offending
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: adjustment issues of juveniles sentenced to life imprisonment (1), social impact of prisoner art (1)
Associate supervisor: access and equity in marginalised groups (1)
Principal supervisor: organisational change in juvenile detention facilities, social geography of graffiti removal, constructions of deviance and normality in motor vehicle accident campaigns (1)
Associate supervisor: criminalisation of the filmic image, risk of social networking sites (1)
Expert for media contact
Social inclusion
desistance from crime
youth offending
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0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Crime
  • Social inclusion
  • Youth
  • desistance from crime
  • punishment
  • youth offending