Writing and Publishing

Writing and Publishing

‘Publish or perish.’ Publish better. Publish more often. Publish in more diverse mediums. This, we are told, is vital for a successful academic career. But how can this be achieved? This panel brings together academics who have excelled in navigating the worlds of academic publishing to discuss their writing experiences and share their expertise. Our panellists range from early-career researchers to established academics, and have collectively published in popular media, journals, and books, and have published works that have both challenged and strengthened the foundations of the discipline. Their insights will be invaluable for postgraduate and early-career researchers for whom the world of publishing can be difficult to break into.

Doing it all? Confessions of a Public, Feminist, Activist Criminologist

Doing it all? Confessions of a Public, Feminist, Activist Criminologist

There’s an often-quoted phrase, “Do a job you love, and you’ll never a work a day in your life”. Perhaps more accurately the reality is better captured by the alternative: “Do a job you love, and you’ll work every weekend for the rest of your life”. The very nature of our work as Criminologists draws on our passion for justice, and our motivation to contribute to social change. It can be hard to know where to direct our efforts, and how to juggle the competing demands of teaching, research and impact. In this lecture, Associate Professor Anastasia Powell will reflect on her trajectory through the public service, through academia, as a public criminologist, and as a feminist activist, sharing tips and advice for navigating a career in modern academia. While the end-message may be “No, we cannot do it all”, Anastasia shares some confessions about the highs and lows that she’s experienced in the 15 years since commencing her PhD journey.


Presenting with Social Agility

Being an effective presenter is increasingly important in the workplace. As technology advances our uniquely human qualities of engagement and interaction remain our key point of difference. Research shows 70% of us see presentation skills as critical for career success and 75% of us say we would like to be better at presenting. A few simple actions will help you stand out from the crowd.  Dr Jon Hopwood from interpersonal skills specialists Social Agility will spend 60 minutes helping you handle nerves, build confidence and develop messages. These skills prove invaluable in both the academic and wider practitioner context.  Jon Hopwood holds a PhD from Deakin University and is the Co-Founder and Principal of Social Agility. Jon has over 20 years’ international experience in communications, training and consultancy in both academia and the private sector. Social Agility helps individuals and teams become more effective in the workplace through improved human engagement in all its forms. We look forward to welcoming you to this interactive and practical session on effective presenting.


Increasingly we are told of the need to think interdisciplinary and to consider being flexible in the pursuit of employment in the academy, but rarely does such advice go any further. In this professional development panel, you will hear from Associate Professor Julie Evans (University of Melbourne), Dr Larissa Sandy (RMIT University), and Dr Imogen Richards (Deakin University). Whilst they currently are academics in criminology and criminal justice, criminology and criminal justice has not always been their home discipline. Collectively, they have worked and studied in history, literature, political science, Asian studies, anthropology, and gender studies. With their truly dynamic and interdisciplinary experiences, they will talk about their journey to criminology and criminal justice, their reasoning for entering the discipline of criminology and criminal justice, and what the discipline (particularly postgraduates and early career researchers) can learn from other disciplines.

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.

Comparative analysis on public vigilantism: A case of Thulamela and Musina within Vhembe District in the Limpopo Province

Mr Ndivho Percy Sithuga1

1University of Venda, South Africa


The study will explores and compares the incidents of vigilantism perpetuated in Thohoyandou and Musina respectively within Vhembe District in the Limpopo province. The word ‘vigilantism’ as utilized in this study can be explained as a situation where general members of the community take law into their own hands and administering what they perceive as “instant justice” as a collective response to suspects or persons who are suspected of committing crime. The researcher opted to use triangulated research design in the sense that exploratory and comparative design were deemed suitable for the clarification of the phenomena under investigation. Furthermore, the researcher will use both qualitative and quantitative methodology in this proposed study. This study will rely on the available participants if not units to collect empirical data. The collected information will be thematically presented and content analysis will be provided in documentary samples. Further to this qualitative raw data collected through interviews will be rearranged, edited and presented followed by scientific interpretation and analysis. Qualitative data will be captured, coded and analysed through the use of SPSS programme. The study adopted Frustration and Aggression theory and Differential Association theory. The study recommends that those who engage on this activities should get harsher punishment as a form of generic deterrence.


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Sugar, Slavery and the Birth of Preventive Policing: the case of the Thames Water Police

Amanda Porter1

1Jumbunna Institute of Indigenous Education and Research, the University of Technology Sydney


Many policing histories take as their point of departure the development of the Anglo-American ‘state’ or ‘public’ police—the establishment of the Metropolitan Police Force in 1829 or the development of a centralised municipal police forces America from the 1830s onwards. These accounts tend to emphasise certain ideals and features about the police and policing—their communitarian ethos and overarching concern with securing ‘public safety’. Not only do these conventional accounts represent heavily sanitised versions of policing history, they remain deficient in many other significant respects. In particular, they overlook important developments in the ‘global periphery’ but they also tend to overemphasise the role of ‘the State’ in trends and developments in policing history.

This paper examines the history of a neglected but significant forerunner to the modern police: the Thames River Police. The Thames River Police was a private police force established at Wapping several decades before the Metropolitan Police Force and funded almost entirely by the West India Committee, a political lobbying collective representing the interests of plantation owners. Drawing on archival research including recently transcribed correspondence between Patrick Colquhoun and Jeremy Bentham, this paper reconsiders some of the key characters and tropes in conventional accounts of policing history. As this paper argues, the development of the modern ‘preventive’ police in the metropole had less to do with public safety than it did with the protection of private property. This paper demonstrates the ways in which the relationship between the development of ‘security’ and imperialism are intextricably linked.


Amanda Porter is a senior researcher at Jumbunna Institute of Indigenous Education and Research, the University of Technology Sydney. Most of her research and publications to date have concerned the politics of policing and police reform since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. She is especially interested in non-state and alternative policing initiatives and their relationships with the State. She has conducted empirical, archival and participatory action research on a range of policing topics including: policing history, police anti-bias training and education, Aboriginal night patrols, Aboriginal justice agreements, police/community partnerships and youth diversion practices. She is a descendant of the Brinja clan of the Yuin nation, south coast New South Wales.

Intimate Partner Violence in LGBT+ Communities: An Exploration into the Types of Domestic Violence

Anne Marie Ionescu1
1Monash University, Clayton, VIC

This inquiry seeks to understand the types of domestic violence members of the LGBT+ community experience and how they differ for heterosexual persons. Additionally, it hopes to understand how the current support systems and treatment groups operate and to address any shortcomings and gaps that might be present. Finally, it aims to understand the impact of the recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Family Violence and provide additional literature on how best to target the implementation of said recommendations.


Anne Marie is a current honours student at Monash University and is the recipient of the Monash Family Violence bursary. She completed her undergraduate studies at Monash with a Bachelor of Arts and Science, specialising in Criminology, International Relations, and Psychology. As part of her course, she travelled to Italy and the USA to undertake criminology abroad and has completed an internship with the Police Prosecutions Office. Anne Marie has a keen interest in crime and regularly finds herself in discussions/debates with members of the public regarding the latest policy changes crime. She looks forward to helping prevent crime.

Family violence perpetrator interventions in Victoria – Something new?

Jessica Burley1
1Monash University, VIC

There is currently a national focus on the impact of family violence for Australian communities. Significant funding has been committed to improve responses to and the prevention of family violence. However evaluating programs designed to change the behaviour of perpetrators is complex. This presentation will focus on the innovative design of the recently established Men’s Family Violence Intervention Centre (MFVIC) by Bethany Community Services in Geelong (Victoria). The centre comprises a range of services such as case management, financial counselling, fathering programs, drug and alcohol counselling, housing responses and Men’s Behaviour Change Programs (MBCP) designed to target the key known risk factors of family violence perpetrators – all conveniently located under the one roof. Observations undertaken at MFVIC reveal what is unique about this model and what lessons have been learned in its initial stages of operation.

Continuous improvement is commonly referred to in government frameworks and policies focusing on family violence and perpetrator interventions. Out of the Australian government’s national plan to reduce violence against women and their children came the National Outcome Standards for Perpetrator Interventions. This called for evaluative processes to be incorporated into perpetrator interventions so that an evidence base can be built for ‘what works’. Therefore innovations can be promoted based on evidence. The MFVIC appears to be an Australian first making it crucial to conduct useful observations and evaluations of the innovative design in practice.


Jessica Burley is one of the Francine V McNiff scholarship recipients currently completing her PhD in Criminology at Monash University. She has previously completed her Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice with first class honours at Griffith University and her Bachelor of Arts also from Monash University.

Nordic Noir – An exploration of cross-cultural discourse produced by foreign fictional crime television.

Haylie Parker1
1Flinders University

It is well evidenced that fictional crime drama has a discursive impact on audiences at both socio-political and individual levels, however most studies focus on the impact of television shows which represent the cultural environment within which they are intended to be shown. The few studies acknowledging cross-cultural televisual impact situate the fictional representation within its native environment and position the ‘other’ as the alien viewer within that environment. There is a need to study the discursive ideas proffered by cross-cultural crime television viewing in the ‘other’ environment.

This study explores cross-cultural engagement with the Scandinavian Crime Fiction phenomenon known as ‘Nordic Noir.’ Three series have been identified for analysis based on their popularity in the Anglo sphere and the existence of an English adaptation or influence for points of comparison. These are Brön/The Bridge; Forbrydelsen/The Killing, and Wallander (a Scandi-British collaboration). The foundation of Cultivation Theory as understood and operationalised by Gerbner (1976) is enhanced by a semiotic analysis of mis-en-scene providing critical analysis of cross-cultural ideas.

A work in progress, this study identifies three major themes. These are:
Criminology and Victimology – who is the victim and who is the criminal?
Police and the Police Procedural – Police Stereotypes, the Detective and the Case; and
Bordered Penality and Terrorism – Concepts of Nationality and Whiteness. This study aims to offer rich insights into how audiences’ civic values are potentially reinforced or challenged by cross-cultural texts.


After my initial degree in Behavioural Sciences, I found my passion in Criminology. I completed Criminology honors and am currently a PhD Candidate at Flinders University. My specialty is in fictional media, and the discursive effect that this has on perceptions of constructs of crime.



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