Public sector criminological research

Russell G. Smith

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This chapter explores the roles and activities of public sector agencies in conducting criminological research over the preceding 50 years in Australia, focussing in particular on the history of the AIC. It examines the creation and development of the AIC since its inception in 1973 to illustrate the ways in which government-funded agencies have undertaken or sponsored criminological research, how extensive and effective such research has been in providing an evidence-base for public policy, and the challenges that have emerged in ensuring that relevant, ethical, and independent research has been able to be conducted that meets the needs of government and the community. This chapter concludes with some observations on the future trajectory of public sector criminological research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Australian and New Zealand Criminology, Crime and Justice
EditorsAntje Deckert, Rick Sarre
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783319557472
ISBN (Print)9783319557465
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • criminology
  • criminological research
  • public sector
  • Australian Institute of Criminology


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