Heather Strang is an experimental criminologist who has worked with police authorities and criminal justice agencies in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom.
She has a PhD in criminology from the ANU, a Masters degree in criminology from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Sydney. Her post-graduate work in criminology has been in the fields of violence research and in restorative justice. Formerly Director of the Centre for Restorative Justice (CRJ) in RegNet and a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania, she is now Director, Police Executive Programme at the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Criminology. She was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology in 2002 and was appointed a member of the Scientific Commission of the International Society of Criminology in Paris in 2006.
As CRJ Director she directed a ten-year follow-up of over 3,000 victims and offenders who participated in restorative justice meetings in Canberra and in London, Northumbria and the Thames Valley in the UK.
In the early 1990s Heather conducted a series of studies monitoring the character of homicide in each Australian jurisdiction, based on information from police files. From 1995 until 2000 she directed the RISE (Reintegrative Shaming Experiments) project, evaluating restorative justice conferences delivered by the Australian Federal Police as an alternative to normal criminal justice processing. Since 2001 she has continued this research as co-director of the Justice Research Consortium, with eight experiments funded by the British Home Office involving the development and testing of restorative justice programs for different kinds of offences and offenders at various points in the justice system. She has a special interest in victims of crime, which continues to be the focus of her own research.
Heather’s doctoral thesis, entitled ‘Victim participation in a restorative justice process: the Canberra reintegrative shaming experiments’, was completed under the supervision of Professor John Braithwaite.
RISE was a set of four experimental-longitudinal tests of restorative justice as a diversion from prosecution in Canberra.
In 2006-2008, on behalf of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales, the Centre undertook a systematic review of international and UK evidence on restorative justice in youth justice, and transla
Author(s): Strang, Heather, Sherman, Lawrence W, Angel, Caroline, Woods, Daniel, Barnes, Geoffrey C, Bennett, Sarah, Inkpen, Nova
Date of publications: 2005
Publication type: Journal article