Crime, Policing, Security and Justice Group

NEW Master of Criminology, Justice and Regulation

We are excited to launch the new Master of Criminology, Justice and Regulation, which is now taking applications

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Why some states are so violent and how their societies can recover

The most violent country in the world today is not Syria, but Brazil, where gangs, organized crime, regular crime, and state brutality create a pall of fear over daily life.

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Corruption and dysfunction in Indonesian prisons

The New York Times reported that “[Indonesian] prisons are overcrowded and have far too few guards.

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States and peoples in conflict

This event marks the launch of ‘States and Peoples in Conflict: Transformations of Conflict Studies’, edited by Michael Stohl, Mark Lichbach, and Peter Grabosky.

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The Crime, Policing, Security and Justice Group at RegNet works on crime trends, crime prevention, national security and terrorism. We aim to conduct research that provides a basis for reform of policing, security and intelligence practices with a view to enhancing Australia’s wellbeing and promoting justice generally. Our group was a key research node within the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS) (2008-2014).

RegNet’s work in this area has a distinctive interdisciplinarity, with our scholars coming from a variety of backgrounds, including criminology, law, psychology, anthropology, sociology and political science. We have developed a regulatory approach to crime and policing, and we also focus on emerging areas such as cybercrime, environmental and financial crime. Our work complements that of scholars of crime and justice in other parts of the University, particularly the College of Arts and Social Sciences, the National Security College and the ANU College of Law.

Our current areas of research include:

  • peacebuilding;
  • criminal networks and groups – gangs, organised crime (including drug markets and their control), and terrorist organisations (particularly radicalisation and recruitment);
  • prisons;
  • policing;
  • intelligence;
  • changing conceptions of national security;
  • countermeasures with respect to terrorism and organised crime;
  • transnational crime;
  • environmental crime;
  • cybercrime; and
  • criminal law-making and policy-making frameworks.


This group comprises of academic and other research staff from RegNet, as well as our external partners

Research projects

Research projects, research outcomes and project resources


Selected publications from our academics and PhD scholars

News & events

News and events listings including podcasts


Contact us

Our contact details and physical location

Contact details

Updated:  10 August 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, RegNet/Page Contact:  Director, RegNet