Law, Justice and Resilience Research Group

Organisation profile

Organisation profile

The Law, Justice and Resilience Strategic Research Area in the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences focuses on creating and maintaining an inclusive and just society for individuals and communities. Our research contributes to and enhances the Flourishing Communities and Resilient People research spheres of the Charles Sturt University Research Narrative. Research in this area aims to address inequalities in society through improving access to justice and examine the impact of inequality in the criminal justice system, and society more broadly, and exploring means to overcome disadvantage and marginalisation. Our research has been published in high impact academic journals such as the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, the British Journal of Criminology and Police Practice and Research. Our academics have attracted funding from the Criminology Research Council and the Australian Research Council.

We are actively engaged in high-profile, high-impact research projects that influence government policy and practice. We engage in legal and community advocacy. We contribute to law reform debates and advance scholarly debate in criminology, law and related disciplines. Our research aims to not only focus on addressing inequality and overcoming disadvantage - it extends to weighing up individual rights, such as privacy, and community rights, such as public safety, for all members of the community.

Our members are driving research in a number of important areas. These include examining the impact of discourses, policies and practices of the securitisation of migration and the criminalisation of irregular migration. Further, our research examines issues of human security such as the balance between community and individual interests in relation to the use of new technology, particularly biometrics, in criminal justice and health contexts. Other research in this area explores how both the praxis and processes by which state and non-state agencies and actors provide security can enable or impede aspirations for a just and inclusive society. A key strength of our research program is our projects that focus on the over-representation of people with experience of out of home care in the justice system. Additionally, we are leading research nationally on the incorporation of Indigenous cultures, histories and contemporary social realities in law and justice curricula and building the skills of legal and criminal justice professionals.


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