Crime, Justice & Security

Crime, Justice & Security researchers conduct cross-disciplinary and collaborative studies that shape and inform just laws, policies and practices in local, national, international and digital settings.


Despite assumptions about human progress, crime, justice and security remain constant themes in political arenas and day-to-day society.

The ways in which they manifest are however changing, driven by factors including the use of technology, the impact of terrorism, shifting political conditions and relationships, and recognition of extensive gender and race inequalities in criminal justice systems.

This has resulted in an increased attention to the impact of social, political and inter-personal conflict, including family and gender violence, and intensified focus on the consequences and policing of transnational crime, borders and national security within global discourse.

To tackle these complex issues with necessary sensitivity, Crime, Justice & Security researchers come from disciplines including social work and law, justice and legal studies, psychology and forensic mental health, international development and political science, criminology and education.

This range of skills and expertise, complemented with strong relations with community groups, industry, and governments, foster collaborations that reflect the multifaceted nature of these challenges and generate evidence-based advocacy for policy and practice reform at the interface of institutions, services and societal norms, and the experiences, preferences and needs of the people they affect.

Projects primarily focus on the voices of those who are persecuted and discriminated against for their identity, beliefs or circumstances, as part of global progress towards peaceful, just and inclusive societies.

Recent Publications


Maylea, ChrisSocial Work and the Law : A Guide for Ethical Practice. London: Macmillan Education, 2019.

Warren, A., Siracusa, J. (2021). US Presidents and Cold War Nuclear Diplomacy, Palgrave-Macmillan, New York, United States.

Warren, A., Bartley, A. (2020). (In Press) US Foreign Policy and China: Security Challenges During the Bush, Obama, and Trump Administrations, EDINBURGH University Press, United Kingdom.

Warren, A., Hillas, A. (2020). Friend or frenemy? The Role of Trust in Human-Machine Teaming and Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems In: Small Wars and Insurgencies, 31, 822 - 850.

Warren, A., Hillas, A. (2020). (In Press) Mitigating Accidental War: Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems and De-Escalation Strategies In: Emerging Technologies and International Security: Machines, the State and War, Routledge, London, United Kingdom.

Book Chapters

Warren, A., Baxter, P. (2020). Introduction: Nuclear Modernization in the 21st Century In: Nuclear Modernization in the 21st Century, Routledge, United States.

Warren, A. (2020). US Nuclear Modernization and the Impact on the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime In: Nuclear Modernization in the 21st Century, Routledge, United States


Childs, A., Coomber, S., Bull, M., & Barratt, M. J. (2020, epub 24/1/20). Evolving and diversifying selling practices on drug cryptomarkets: An exploration of off-platform ‘direct dealing’Journal of Drug Issues, doi: 10.1177/0022042619897425.

Day, A.C. and Hunt, C.T., 2020. UN Stabilisation Operations and the Problem of Non-Linear Change: A Relational Approach to Intervening in Governance Ecosystems. Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, 9(1), p.2. DOI:

Research at the Social & Global Studies Centre

Find out more about conducting your transformative research for social justice here at RMIT's Social & Global Studies Centre.

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