The aim of the Criminology Research Unit (CRU) is to foster criminology in Tasmania as a field of study, research, evaluation and policy development. In doing so, collaborating with local communities and stakeholders is essential.
The CRU was established in 2000, and it operates within the School of Social Sciences at the University of Tasmania. The CRU offers research and consultancies undertaken by professionals with diverse interests and broad skills sets. For example, current areas of expertise within the Unit include:
- incarceration and prison issues, community corrections, and working with offenders
- collaboration and cross-sectoral partnerships
- environmental criminology, harm, and ecological justice
- crime prevention, social programmes, local government and evaluation research
- youth studies, juvenile justice, children's courts, and youth gangs
- building capacity to respond to co-occurring mental illness and substance misuse.
The Unit periodically releases scoping papers, briefing papers and evaluation reports, including both qualitative and quantitative analysis. Anyone interested in discussing prospective research or consultancies should contact the CRU director, Rob White: