Robyn's academic background is in psychology, sociology and criminology with special
interest in Aboriginal criminal justice issues. She has lectured at Bond since 1994 and
also at universities in Queensland (UQ, QUT and Griffith). Her research work has been
conducted at UQ, QUT, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and Rutgers University in New

While Robyn has broad-ranging interests in the criminological field, she has focused on
the treatment of marginalised groups within the criminal justice system. In particular,
her focus is on theoretical developments in the Aboriginal justice arena and this is the
subject of her PhD which is near completion. 

Her projects have involved research on the careers of white-collar offenders, runaway and
homeless youth, violence in Aboriginal communities, fraud by medical practitioners and
peer influences on juvenile offending. Robyn's most recent work has centred on the
new field of forensic criminology where she has examined miscarriages of justice. 

Robyn teaches a wide range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level including
Crime & Deviance, Criminal Justice System, Forensic Victimology, Miscarriages of
Justice, Global Criminology, Criminological Research Methods, Theories of Crime, Crime
Prevention, Criminal Profiling and Media & Crime. 

She also has interests and experience in academic publishing and worked as Senior Editor
at Aboriginal Studies Press in Canberra for five years. She was Managing Editor of the
Journal of Sociology and was previously Editor of the Australian Journal of Social



Moving violations: A study of incivility and violence against urban bus drivers in Australia (with Adrienne Gregory), International Journal of Education and Social Science (2015)

International research suggests that transport workers are at significantly higher risk of being assaulted than...



The persuasive powers of DNA: An experimental study in perceptions of expert evidence (with Adam Southerland and Madeleine Jarrett-Luck), GSTF International Journal of Law and Social Sciences (2014)

This article presents the results of an experimental study where mock-jurors were tasked with interpreting...



The second sentence: Australians imprisoned abroad (with Wava Doyle and Krystle Richardson), The National Legal Eagle (2009)


Individuals detained in foreign prisons raise human rights issues of considerable importance, especially...



What the public thinks about sentencing (with Marisela Velazquez), The National Legal Eagle (2009)


There is a relatively long tradition by legal scholars of gauging public perceptions...


'Shhh ... We can't tell you': An update on the naming prohibition of young offenders (with Duncan Chappell), Current issues in criminal justice (2009)

Prohibitions on the naming of young offenders in criminal proceedings remain a controversial issue both...



Justice in the Deep North: An historical perspective on crime and punishment in Queensland (with Carole McCartney and Paul Wilson), Humanities & Social Sciences papers (2003)

The history of crime and punishment often reflects regional culture and politics. Queensland well...


Book Chapters

Culture matters: Forensic issues for Australian indigenous peoples, Humanities & Social Sciences papers (2008)


There has clearly been an extensive amount of scientific focus on Indigenous peoples in...


Inequalities of Crime (with Kathleen Daly), Crime and Justice: A Guide to Criminology (2006)

This chapter explores seven major propositions on the relationship between crime and social inequality, moving...


Inequalities of Crime (with Kathleen Daly), Crime and Justice: An Australian Textbook in Criminology (2003)

An introductory text for the study of crime and criminology in Australia. The text is...


Urban Indigenous Young People: Criminality, Accommodation or Resistance (with M. Lynch, A. Fagan, and E. Ogilvie), Understanding youth crime: An Australian study (2003)

Chapter 9 (urban indigenous young people: criminality, accommodation, or resistance) focuses on urban youth and...


Alcohol, Young Persons and Violence (with Ross Homel), Alcohol, young persons and violence (2001)

This chapter reports the most recent empirical data from a series of observational studies of...