Professor Mark Halsey

Matthew Flinders Professor

College of Business, Government and Law

place Law & Commerce
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, Journal of Criminology

Research Lead, Criminology , College of Business, Government and Law

Teaching interests

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

Topic coordinator
CRIM2201 Punishment and Society
Supervisory interests
Desistance from crime
Detention and imprisonment
Repeat offending
Youth violence, evaluation, intervention
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: (1602 PhD Criminology) Jenna Mizzi, Post-release service delivery and support for Aboriginal prisoners, Flinders University 2019-, (1602 PhD Criminology) Melanie Conway, Prisons, correctional corruption, and changing staff culture, Flinders University 2019-, (1602 PhD Criminology) Simone Deegan, The lives and adjustment patterns of juvenile lifers, Flinders University 2015-, (1602 PhD Criminology) Luke Francis, Analysing the outcomes of occupational therapy in young offender rehabilitation and high-risk young people, Flinders University 2018-
Principal supervisor: (1602 PhD Criminology) Kylie Doyle, The other driver: An analysis of the construction of culpable subjectivities in advertising aimed at reducing motor vehicle related injuries and fatalities, Flinders University 2013, (1602 PhD Criminology) Peta Malins, An ethico-aesthetics of injecting drug use: Body, space, memory, capital, University of Melbourne 2009, (1602 PhD Criminology) Jeremy Ryder, Escape artists: De-stigmatisation and the promise of redemption through prison art, Flinders University 2018, 1602 PhD Criminology (1)
Expert for media contact
Social inclusion
desistance from crime
youth offending
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Media expertise
  • Crime
  • Social inclusion
  • Youth
  • desistance from crime
  • punishment
  • youth offending