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Emma Colvin's research aims to help create a just and safe society through examination of specific areas of interest in the criminal justice system.  Her research on bail support services included a comparative analysis of service provision in urban, suburban and regional areas, exploring the concept of postcode justice. She is particularly interested in the intersection of vulnerabilities and how this impacts on peoples’ experiences in the criminal justice system.

In her most recent projects, she examines these experiences in the context of bail and out-of-home care. She is currently working on two externally funded Criminology Research Grants exploring these issues, including as a member of a national bail research team, comprising members from the University of Tasmania, Deakin University, University of South Australia and Griffith University.

Emma is currently a Deputy Co-Editor of Salus Journal. She was the Managing Editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology from 2010-2012 and the Editor of PacifiCrim, newsletter of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, from 2016-2018. She has been Chair of the Bathurst Regional Council's Community Safety Committee since 2014.

Research Interests

  • Social justice, postcode justice
  • State care and criminalisation
  • Bail, court processes and procedures, access to justice, prisons and remand imprisonment
  • Therapeutic jurisprudence and 'problem' solving initiatives
  • Family and domestic violence

Professional Information

External Appointments and Memberships:

  • Committee of Management (Newsletter Editor), Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, 2016-18
  • Chair, Bathurst Regional Council Community Safety Committee, 2014-2018
  • Member, Howard League for Penal Reform, 2014-current
  • Foundation Member, International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence, 2018-current

Editorial Roles on journals

Co-Editor Salus Journal


  • JST204 - Young People and Crime
  • JST445/439 - Criminology Honours Dissertation

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment 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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University


Master of Criminology, University of Melbourne


Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne



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