Public Sector Criminological Research: The Australian Institute of Criminology 1972-2022

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This book explores the role and development of criminological research in the public sector during the last half-century. It identifies the benefits such research has provided and assesses whether the community has received value for the funds expended. The Australian Institute of Criminology is used as a case study to illustrate the challenges and pressures facing those who have sought to carry out independent crime and justice research in the public sector, to assess what fifty years of work has achieved and to determine whether or not there remains a need for criminologists to be employed by governments. The book is based on extensive archival research, administrative data analysis, interviews with current and previous staff and the perspectives of scholars in comparable institutions globally. It presents new historical information as well as current and future critical perspectives on crime and justice research in a unique Australian government organization.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages488
ISBN (Electronic)78-3-031-28356-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-28355-0
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • history of criminology
  • public administration
  • public policy
  • research agencies
  • government funded research
  • criminal justice agencies
  • United Nations office
  • research funding
  • research and society
  • research methods
  • research and politics


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