Victorian Postgraduate Criminology Conference

22nd June, 2018



Student Papers

We'll feature papers from Honours, Masters, and PhD students from all tertiary institutions in the fields of criminology, legal studies, and related disciplines. We welcome work-in-progress, developing ideas, or general discussions regarding graduate research. Our aim is to give students the chance to present their work, at whatever stage, and receive feedback from their peers.

And thanks to generous support from Deakin University, a series of prizes will be awarded to the best student papers, including:

  • Best Honours student abstract
  • Best Masters student abstract
  • Best Doctoral student abstract
  • Best presentation (Room A)
  • Best presentation (Room B)

Keynote Address

This year Louise Taylor will give the keynote address. Louise is a Kamilaroi woman, a lawyer, and the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Legal Aid ACT. Louise is a former specialist Family Violence prosecutor, a previous  long time Convenor of the Women’s Legal Centre ACT, a past member of the ACT Domestic Violence Prevention Council and former Chair of the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Women. Louise is a member of the ACT Law Reform Advisory Council, the Law Council of Australia’s Indigenous Legal Issues Committee and an associate of UNSW’s Indigenous Law Centre.

Professional Development Panel

This year, our professional development panel will speak on the topic of Getting a Job in the "Real World", specifically addressing the kinds of (hidden) skills you develop in the academy that can be applicable beyond the ivory tower, and the kinds of skills that you can bring into academic research from the "outside".

We will hear from:

  • A/Prof Julie Evans, formerly from the University of Melbourne
  • Ruth Liston from RMIT University
  • Dr James Petty from the Penington Institute

Public Event

To celebrate the end of the conference day, join us for a public panel discussion Chaired by The Honourable Marcia Neave AO, this panel will discuss the nexus between domestic violence, police accountability issues (and duty failures), and the soaring female imprisonment rate in Victoria and nationally.

In conversation on the panel will be:

  • Louise Taylor (a Kamilaroi woman, lawyer, and deputy CEO of Legal Aid ACT)
  • Vickie Roach (a Yuin woman, member of the Stolen Generation, writer, poet, former prisoner, and activist for Aboriginal women caught up in the criminal justice system)
  • Marianne Jago (policy lawyer, Women's Legal Service Victoria)
  • Professor Jude McCulloch (convener, Monash Gender and Family Violence focus program)

See more details here.


22nd June, 2018

How Much?

Attendance is free!


RMIT University, Melbourne CBD Campus


Register to Attend

Registration is now open. Please register for a ticket to secure your place at the conference and reserve catering. Please email the organisers with any dietary requirements as soon as possible.


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