Understanding the drivers of crime
Understanding the drivers of crime is fundamental to devising the best ways of responding to it. Undertake an advanced research project in criminology working with world renowned experts across a range of diverse areas of contemporary relevance. You will join researchers who are working to create new knowledge in policing, organised crime, transnational migration, cybercrime and terrorism, and develop new ways of understanding prisons, desistance from crime, criminal networks, dark tourism, border and military criminology.
Why undertake a PhD in Criminology at Flinders
A PhD in Criminology is an excellent foundation for an academic career as a criminologist. It can set you apart as a leading researcher and thinker in policy making and criminal justice settings. Your PhD can unlock careers in policing and security, victims service support, corrections, human rights or academia.
Top up scholarships are available for newly enrolled high-achieving domestic or international PhD students in the College of Business, Government and Law on the basis of academic merit and research potential.
The six scholarships available are valued at $5,000 per annum for the duration of a PhD degree (maximum 3 years, with a possible 6-month extension).
Flinders Criminology academic staff are recognised as leaders in their fields both in Australia and around the world. Our academics draw on their extensive knowledge to undertake research that makes a difference in people's lives.
|Dr Melissa de Vel-Palumbo||Community attitudes towards crime, punishment and sentencing, guilt and shame
|Professor Andrew Goldsmith||Organised crime, policing, corruption
|Professor Mark Halsey||Criminology, repeat offending, detention and imprisonment
|Associate Professor Caitlin Hughes||Drug law, drug policy, drug markets and drug trafficking, cross-national analysis, festival safety|
|Associate Professor Marinella Marmo||Gender and human rights, corporate and transnational crime, human trafficking|
|Professor Russell Smith
||Economic crime, cyber-crime, corruption|
|Dr Simone Deegan||Juvenile justice, homicide, repeat offending, detention and imprisonment|
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Thesis title: Police Bail: The 'moments of truth' on entry into the Criminal Justice System
Supervisors: Professor Adela McMurray, Associate Professor Caitlin Hughes, Associate Professor Rodrigo Praino
An observational study of police deciding and communicating about bail for those who have been detained in custody within the criminal justice system in South Australia.
Thesis title: The disruption and dismantling of OMCGs in NSW: A case study of Strike Force Raptor's 'prevention-led' policing
Supervisors: Professor Mark Halsey
This project incorporates an in-depth case study of Strike Force Raptor's policing approach to the disruption and dismantling of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMCG) in New South Wales. It will analyse the perspectives of police detectives involved in the implementation of policing-led desistance; as well as the perspectives of former OMCG members on the receiving end of this approach.
Thesis title: A comparative analysis of police use of stop and search in Australia and the United Kingdom
Supervisors: Associate Professor Caitlin Hughes, Professor Andrew Goldsmith, Professor Alex Stevens (Kent University, UK)
The aim of this research is to compare key similarities and differences in the use of stop and search by police between Australia and the UK and to use procedural justice theory to explore the positive and negative impacts of stop and search for police-community relationships.
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