Accessing Academia: Overcoming Challenges to Thesis Completion and Beyond

This panel allows for an open and candid discussion between panellists, postgraduate students, early career researchers and potential postgraduate students about key issues, challenges and barriers faced in accessing academia.  In this professional development panel, you will hear from Dr Kate Burns (Monash University), Chrissy Thompson (The University of Melbourne), and Robyn Oxley (Monash University), who will discuss how they academia might become a more inclusive environment. Drawing upon their own experiences during discussion, Kate, Chrissy and Robyn will share their perspectives on navigating institutional processes and provide advice to PECRCs on staying balanced and focused throughout the research process. Further, they will discuss how some of the key barriers to accessing academia continue to be shaped by factors pertaining to gender, race, citizenship, and ability status.


The society is devoted to promoting criminological study, research and practice in the region and bringing together persons engaged in all aspects of the field. The membership of the society reflects the diversity of persons involved in the field, including practitioners, academics, policy makers and students.

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