Conference Program

Please note the program is subject to change.

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Key Dates

Abstracts open – 21 May 2018
Abstracts CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT 3 May 2019
Requests regarding late abstract submissions should be forwarded to Professor John Scott, Conference Convenor, for consideration

Early Bird Reg close – 10 May 2019


Keynote Speaker

Meda Chesney-Lind, Ph.D. teaches Women’s Studies at the University of Hawaii.  Nationally recognized for her work on women and crime, her testimony before Congress resulted in national support of gender responsive programming for girls in the juvenile justice system.   In 2013, the Western Society of Criminology named an award after her honoring “significant contributions to the fields of gender, crime and justice” and made her the inaugural recipient.  Most recently, she has been elected President of the American Society of Criminology; her term will begin in 2019.

International Visitors

John Pratt is Professor of Criminology at the Institute of Criminology, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His qualifications are LLB (Hons) (London), MA (Keele), and PhD (Sheffield). His fields of research are comparative penology and the history and sociology of punishment. He has published in eleven languages and has been invited to lecture at universities in South America, North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. His books include Punishment and Civilization (2002), Penal Populism (2007) and Contrasts in Punishment (2013).  In 2008 he was awarded the Royal Society of New Zealand James Cook Research Fellowship in Social Science. In 2009 he was awarded the Sir Leon Radzinowicz Prize by the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Criminology. In 2010 he was invited to take up a one year Fellowship at the Straus Institute for Advanced Studies in Law and Justice, New York University. In 2012 he was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Society of New Zealand. In 2013 he was awarded the Society’s Mason Durie Medal, given ‘to the nation’s pre-emiment social scientist.’

Diego Zysman-Quirós is an Associate Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology, Faculty of Law, UBA, Argentina, and he is Adjunct Professor of School of Justice, QUT, Brisbane, Australia. He has a Master’s and PhD from Universidad de Barcelona, Spain, and is currently a criminal law attorney. He has served as a Judge and High Law Clerk of Criminal Court in Penal Economic Matters, Buenos Aires. He has authored two books, edited two books, and written numerous chapters and journal articles about criminology and punishment.

Setsuo Miyazawa is Senior Visiting Professor of Law at UC Hastings College of the Law and Professor Emeritus at Kobe University. He has Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University and S.J.D. from Hokkaido University. He was a full-time faculty at Hokkaido, Kobe University, Waseda University, Omiya Law School, and Aoyama Gakuin University until reaching mandatory retirement in 2016. He held visiting positions at ten North American law schools including Harvard, UC Berkeley, and NYU before joining UC Hastings on a regular basis in 2008. He has extremely broad research interests, including police and criminal justice, legal profession, and courts. He represented progressive positions on many issues in the justice system reform movement in Japan in the late 1990s through 2000s. He received the Distinguished Book Award from the Division of International Criminology of the American Society of Criminology in 1993 and the International Prize from the Law & Society Association in 2014. He was the Founding President of the Asian Law & Society Association in 2016-17 and will be the President of the Asian Criminological Society in 2019-21.

Ross Coomber is currently Professor of Criminology and Sociology at the University of Liverpool. Prior to this he was Professor and Director of the Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University, in Brisbane and Gold Coast Australia, and before that, Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Drug and Alcohol Research Unit at the University of Plymouth. He has more than 30 years research experience in the drug and alcohol field and has published extensively and broadly in this area – particularly on the nature risk as it applies to drug use and illicit drug markets, nationally and internationally, and across different cultural and environmental spaces. His research is strongly inter/multidisciplinary and boasts ongoing collaborations with forensic chemists/scientists, medics, public health practitioners and researchers, as well as, perhaps more predictably, disciplines across the humanities and social sciences. In 2013 he undertook a rapid ethnographic and cross-cultural observational tour of six Asian countries/cities (China/Shanghai; India/Mumbai; Indonesia/Jakarta; Japan/Tokyo; Malaysia/Kuala Lumpa South Korea/Seoul) looking at the nature and meaning of public spitting in those locales. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia and at the Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University, Australia.

Thomas J. Holt is a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University, and his research focuses on cybercrime, cyberterrorism, and the policy response to these issues.  His work has appeared in the British Journal of Criminology, Crime & Delinquency, Deviant Behavior, and the Journal of Criminal Justice.  His current research examines ideologically motivated cyberattacks against various targets, police attitudes toward cybercrimes, and illicit market operations online.

Myrna Dawson is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Public Policy in Criminal Justice, Director of the Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence (, University of Guelph. She is Director of the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability ( and Co-Director of the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations ( She has spent more than two decades researching social and legal responses to violence with emphasis on violence against women and femicide.

Emerging Scholars

Southern Criminology

Jarrett Blaustein, Ph.D. is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Monash University. Author of Speaking Truths to Power: Policy Ethnography and Police Reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Oxford University Press, 2015) and lead editor of the forthcoming Emerald Handbook on Crime, Justice and Sustainable Development(Emerald, 2020), his research examines the intersections between global crime and development governance within and beyond the United Nations system.

Max Travers is a senior lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, University of Tasmania.   He qualified as a solicitor in the United Kingdom before completing a doctorate in sociology at the University of Manchester.  He has published ethnographies about legal practice, including The Reality of Law (1997) and The Sentencing of Children (2012), and is currently working on a project about bail practices and court reform.  He has helped to establish the Asian Paradigm in criminology through co-editing Comparative Criminology in Asia (2017).

Dr Lennon Yao-chung Chang is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social Sciences. He is a co-founder and vice-chairman of the Asia Pacific Association of Technology and Society. He is the Project Director of Strengthening Cyber capacity and Raising Cyber Awareness in the Indo-Pacific Region: Australia and Myanmar. He authored ‘Cybercrime in the Greater China Region: Regulatory Responses and Crime Prevention’ (Edward Elgar, 2012). Together with Myanmar National Cyber Security Centre and Kenerllix, he initiated and founded “CyberBayKin”, a cyber awareness campaign in Myanmar (
Dr Chang is interested in researching crime and governance of cyberspace – cybercrime, cyber terrorism and cyber warfare. He is particularly interested in the regulation and governance of cyberspace in the Asia-Pacific region. His professional interest in Asia continues and he is currently researching internet vigilantism in the indo-pacific region. He was also undertaking research into cybercrime and cyber-deviance in this region.
Dr Chang was awarded his PhD by the Australian National University . He has a Master in Criminology and Bachelor in Law degrees from National Taipei University, Taiwan.

Gender, Sexuality and Violence

Nicola Henry is Associate Professor and Vice-Chancellor’s Principal Research Fellow in the Social and Global Studies Centre at RMIT University. Her research investigates the prevalence, nature and impacts of gendered violence, including legal and non-legal responses in Australian and international contexts. Her current research focuses on technology-facilitated violence, including image-based sexual abuse (also known as “revenge porn”).

Dr Kate Gleeson is a senior lecturer at Macquarie Law School and a member of the Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics (CAVE). Kate is an executive board member of Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia, and has served as an executive member of Australian Political Studies Association. Kate is interested in in the governance and regulation of bodies, sexuality and reproductive practices and has published widely on the history of the regulation of sexual violence,  gay sex, pornography, abortion and sex work. She has particular expertise in justice for crimes of institutional and historical child sexual abuse in Australia and internationally. She is currently writing a book about historical prosecutions of child sexual abuse, and undertaking ongoing research about Irish and Australian histories of institutionalisation.

Governance, Activism and Social Change

Dr. Max Halupka is an expert on contemporary forms of political participation, where he specialises in the relationship between technology and politics. An IGPA Research Fellow, Max has published work on: political communication, new forms of political participation, internet activism, and The Church of Scientology. Max teaches public policy for the Institute’s Graduate Certificate and MPA programmes.

Policing Stream

Emma Russell is a Lecturer in Crime, Justice and Legal Studies at La Trobe University. Her research explores the dynamics between social movements, policing and punishment. She is particularly interested in queer and feminist history and theory; police image and power; and the nature of carceral space. Emma is the author of Queer Histories and the Politics of Policing (Routledge, 2019) and co-author of Resisting Carceral Violence: Women’s Imprisonment and the Politics of Abolition (Palgrave, 2018).

Technologies and Digital Justice

Monika Zalnieriute is a Research Fellow at the Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation at the UNSW Faculty of Law in Sydney, Australia. Her research most often explores the interplay between law, politics and technology; and focuses on social justice in the digital age. Monika is also interested in advancing feminist movement and theory, and believes that research only matters if it has a strong impact well beyond academia. Her work has been published in Modern Law Review (2018, 2019), Research Handbook on Human Rights and Digital Technology (2019) and Queering International Law (2017). Monika has consulted the World Health Organization, Council of Europe, and international NGOs, such as Privacy International and Article 19.

Governance, Activism and Social Change

Zahra Stardust is a socio-legal researcher whose work is concerned with intersections between criminal law, sexuality, labour and justice. She has published chapters in New Feminist Literary Studies (Cambridge University Press, 2019), Orienting Feminisms (Palgrave, 2018) and Queer Sex Work (Routledge, 2015), and articles in Porn Studies, the Journal of Sexual Health and the World Journal of AIDS. She has worked as the Policy Advisor at the AIDS council of NSW (leading organisation for LGBTIQ health), the International Spokesperson for Scarlet Alliance (Australian Sex Workers Association), and as a Teaching Fellow in Criminology at the University of NSW. She is on the Board of the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, is a member of the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights LGBTI Sub-Committee, and is a Mentor for the Women’s Justice Network supporting women recently released from prison with social reintegration. Her research interests include queer theories, feminisms, peer methodologies and critical legal studies.