Sarah Fox chose to study criminology for deeply personal reasons involving a family member who was a victim of crime. Her studies have helped her to understand the complexities associated with crime and criminal offending.
“My studies have taught me that often it’s not a rational choice to commit crime or as neat as someone being either offender or victim. This complexity continues to fuel my curiosity and passion,” she says.
Sarah is currently studying a PHD in Criminology after completing a Master of Social Work and Honours degree in Criminal Justice from Flinders. She says the opportunity to learn from leading, industry connected researchers has been invaluable.
“Flinders criminology has a full complement of world class researchers specialising across a range of areas such as policing, corrections, organised crime, cybercrime and corruption amongst others. They are also exceptionally well connected to local, national and international organisations in the Criminal Justice sector,” she says.
Sarah’s experience at Flinders has included multiple opportunities to experience the realities and implications of criminal activity.
“During honours year, you are offered the opportunity to undertake a field placement in one of these organisations which is extremely valuable,” she says.
“I also attended regular events at Flinders Centre for Crime Policy and Research with keynote speakers such as the Executive Director of Interpol and a Peace Advocate/Survivor of a terror attack. This experience enabled me to gain direct insight into the lives of those whom have been impacted by criminological issues”.
For Sarah, her time at Flinders is opening the door to a variety of career options.
“I’d really love to combine my Criminology and Social Work degrees to make a difference. Additionally, I would like to develop and manage my own program with the intention to address some of the gaps in the criminal justice system,” she says.
Sarah Fox, PhD in Criminology