Emeritus Professor in Criminology 

OAM (Order of Australia Medal) 

BA Hons(Canterbury) MA Hons(Canterbury) PhD(Qld) 

Paul Wilson is currently a consultant to a private security organisation, was a regular
columnist for the Courier-Mail for 6 years and is a media commentator on crime and social
issues. He has delivered a number of keynote addresses at major conferences in Australia
and overseas and consulted on crime and forensic matters in legal cases. 

In 2003 he was awarded the Medal of The order of Australia for Services to Education
particularly as a writer and lecturer in the field of criminology. 

His research and teaching interests include forensic psychology, crime prevention,
profiling of offenders, miscarriage of justice and private policing and security. He was
also recently elected an Associate Fellow of the centre for criminology, at the
University of Hong Kong. Professor Wilson has been involved in many film, documentary and
mass media projects relating to his research areas. 



Do normal people commit genocide? Observations from the Cambodian trial of 'Duch', Psychiatry, psychology and law (2010)

This article is written from the perspective of a forensic psychologist and criminologist who observed...


Trust me - I'm an expert: Forensic evidence and witness immunity (with David Field, Ian R. Coyle, Graham A. Starmer, and Glen Miller), Australian journal of forensic science (2009)

The implications of the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal's ruling in Commonwealth of Australia v...


Out of the mouths of babes: The case for an increased use of expert evidence in rebuttal of sexual abuse allegations by child witnesses. (with Ian R. Coyle, David Field, Catherine Cuthbert, and Glen Miller), Criminal law journal (2009)

When the "whole truth" of a matter is not sought, miscarriages of justice occur. When...


Crime, Humanities & Social Sciences papers (2007)


Though most current politicians would never acknowledge it, criminological research points to the...



What do the watchers watch? an Australian case study of CCTV monitoring (with Helene Wells), Humanities & Social Sciences papers (2007)

What is evident from the numerous studies that have emerged in the field of CCTV...



Erasing Iraq: The human costs of carnage (with Michael Otterman and Richard Hil), Humanities & Social Sciences papers (2010)

For nearly two decades, the US and its allies have prosecuted war and aggression in...


Predators: Killers without a conscience (with Amanda Howard), Predators: Killers without a conscience (2009)


Samantha Knight, Sian Kingi, the Bega schoolgirls Lauren Barry and Nichole Collins, and Ebony...


Five drops of blood (with Dianne McInnes), Humanities & Social Sciences papers (2008)

Five drops of blood examines the events leading to one of the most talked about...


Dead bodies don't count: civilian casualties and the forgotten costs of the Iraq conflict (with Richard Hil), Humanities & Social Sciences papers (2007)

The people of Iraq —men, women and children—have experienced considerable pain and suffering over the...


Who killed Leanne Holland? one girl's murder and one man's injustice (with Graeme Crowley), Humanities & Social Sciences papers (2007)

Who really killed Leanne Holland? Graham Stafford spent the prime of his life behind bars...


Book Chapters

Terrorism in Australia: Past, present and future, Crime over time: Temporal perspectives on crime and punishment in Australia (2010)

Extract: Terrorism was largely unknown in Australia up until the late 1900s and certainly there...


Why psychopaths like Dexter aren't really all that bad, The Psychology of Dexter (2010)

Psychopathic serial killers are ruthless executioners who stalk their prey and dispatch them, often by...


Terrorism in Australia, Humanities & Social Sciences papers (2008)

Forensic Psychology and Criminology is an important original work that recognises the close relationship between...


Crime prevention and new technologies: The special case of CCTV (with Gareth Norris), Issues in Australian crime and criminal justice (2005)

Forensics and justice: The case of DNA evidence (with Robyn Lincoln), Issues in Australian crime and criminal justice (2005)


Activity costing in a rural accident and emergency department : pilot project (with M J. Bond and William B. Tierney), Funding (1997)

Non-admitted patient study country South Australia, volume 2. This paper outlines a pilot project to...