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Currently Involved in research at Charles Sturt University.

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Dr. Amber McKinley is a Clinical and Forensic Victimologist and lecturer at Charles Sturt University’s (CSU) Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, based in Barton. ACT. She currently lecturers in Theoretical, Applied and Forensic Victimology (JST345) and CUS532 - Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective.

She holds a Bachelor of Liberal Studies from the University of Western Sydney, a Master of Criminal Justice from Monash University and, a Doctor of Philosophy from Bond University. Her doctoral thesis was completed with the NSW Police Force and entitled, “Homicide Solvability and Applied Victimology in New South Wales, 1994-2013.

Her current research includes: Death by suicide and Thanatology; serial homicide (1806-2022); and, Australian Homicide Typologies and Clearance Rates: 1989-2017 (McKinley & Jones).

Amber works as a Contractor with the Joint Military Police Unit where she is currently researching and writing on sensitive topics related to interpersonal violence and death. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Criminology, PhD, ‘Homicide Solvability and Applied Victimology in New South Wales, 1994-2013’, Bond University

13 Nov 200715 Mar 2015

Award Date: 15 Mar 2016

Criminology, Masters of Criminal Justice, “An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Australia’s National Homicide Monitoring Program”., Monash University

13 Feb 200404 Mar 2005

Award Date: 04 Mar 2005

Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Studies, University of Western Sydney

26 Feb 199005 Nov 1993

External positions

Squadron Leader Specialist Reserve, Australian Defence Force

04 Dec 201505 Mar 2022


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