The Griffith Criminology Institute is a world leader in research on crime and justice issues and has a large, vibrant and dynamic doctoral training program (currently around 65 candidates). We have strong international and national research linkages, and a well-developed suite of networks with key policy and practitioner groups.
The Institute houses unique research infrastructure including the Social Analytics Lab (housing sensitive administrative data from crime and justice agencies) and The Prosecution Project database (digistised historical data), which are available to support suitable PhD projects.
Our goal is to help create safe, just and equitable societies by addressing key real-world challenges including:
- Breaking cycles of crime and inequality, by understanding pathways into and out of offending, intergenerational transmission, and prevention programs;
- Preventing all forms of violence, by understanding causes, consequences and prevention in family, local, national and international contexts;
- Enhancing security, by understanding entrenched and evolving crime and security threats, policing and other responses, and effective prevention;
- Reducing Indigenous over-representation in justice systems, by examining the impact of inequalities and innovative responses to them;
- Transforming justice, by examining access to justice for victims, offenders and communities, international and transitional justice, and the impact of restorative and procedural justice.
We invite potential PhD applicants interested in working in any of these areas to consider applying for entry to our program. Tuition-waiver and subsistence scholarships are available on a competitive basis for domestic and international students. We also offer extensive support for project costs, conference attendance, skill-development programs, and a lively and inclusive cohort experience.