Professor Russell Smith

Academic Status

College of Business, Government and Law

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

Dr Russell G Smith has qualifications in law, psychology and criminology from the University of Melbourne and a PhD from King’s College London. His professional career began in legal practice in Melbourne, following which he undertook doctoral research in the field of the history of medical professional regulation. He subsequently pursued this field with research and publications, and as a member of the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria. He then took up a lectureship in criminology at the University of Melbourne following which he accepted a research position at the Australian Institute of Criminology where he was Principal Criminologist until November 2020. He has an established international reputation in the area of economic crime and cybercrime and has published extensively in these areas including two Cambridge University Press books, Cyber Criminals on Trial and Electronic Theft, and one the first academic works on cybercrime in Australia, Crime in the Digital Age – all written with Peter Grabosky. His co-authored book, Cyber Criminals on Trial was awarded the American Society of Criminology's, Division of International Criminology, Distinguished Book Award for 2005. His most recent edited books are Cybercrime Risks and Responses: Eastern and Western Perspectives and The Changing Face of Criminology in Australia and New Zealand. He is also a Fellow and former President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute of Criminology and former President of the Asia-Pacific Association of Technology and Society.


Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts (Honours, Psychology), Diploma in Criminology, Master of Laws all at the University of Melbourne; Doctor of Philosophy, Faculty of Laws, King’s College, University of London; Barrister and Solicitor (Victoria and Federal Courts, Australia), Non-practising Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

Honours, awards and grants

Honorary Fellow, Australian Institute of Criminology

Fellow, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology

American Society of Criminology, Division of International Criminology, Distinguished Book Award for ‘Cyber Criminals on Trial’, by Russell G. Smith, Peter Grabosky, and Gregor Urbas, Cambridge University Press

Overseas Research Students Award, Britain

Rae and Edith Bennett Travelling Scholarship, University of Melbourne

John Barry Medal - Criminology Department, University of Melbourne

Velma Stanley Award - Faculty of Medicine, University of Melbourne

Dwight’s Prize for Legal History, Law School, University of Melbourne

Key responsibilities

Honorary Fellow, Australian Institute of Criminology

Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Anti-money laundering (1)
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