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Max Travers

Senior Lecturer, Sociology

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Dr Max Travers is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences.  He has published studies about the work of defence lawyers, judicial officers in immigration appeals tribunals and children's courts, and is currently researching bail decision making and pretrial services. He has written textbooks on qualitative research methods and sociology of law, and a monograph about the rise of quality assurance as a new form of regulation.  He has contributed to Asian and comparative criminology through co-editing Comparative Criminology in Asia (2017).

Biography

Max qualified as a solicitor in the United Kingdom in 1988, before completing a PhD in sociology at the University of Manchester.  He lectured in sociology and criminology at the University of Plymouth, and Buckinghamshire New University, before moving to the University of Tasmania in 2003.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhD University of ManchesterUnited Kingdom1991
MAEconomicsUniversity of ManchesterUnited Kingdom1989
MA University of CambridgeUnited Kingdom1981

Memberships

Professional practice

  • The Law Society, UK
  • The Australian Sociological Association
  • The Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology

Other

  • Society for the Study of Symbolic Interactionism
  • International Institute for Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis
  • International Sociological Association
  • British Society of Criminology
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association (UK)
  • Asian Criminological Society

Administrative expertise

  • Project management, Regulatory Frameworks Project, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (2010) 
  • Head of Discipline, sociology and criminology (2013-2015)

Teaching

Sociology of law, social problems and social policy, sociological analysis of modern societies

Teaching expertise

Textbooks:

  • Qualitative Research Through Case Studies (Sage, 2001)
  • Understanding Law and Society (Routledge 2009)

Teaching responsibility

2017    

HGA223/323 Social Problems and Social Policy

HGA202 Sociological Analysis of Modern Societies

HGA207 Sociology of Law

Research Invitations

  • Plenary speaker, conference on juvenile delinquency, Ludong University, Yantai, PRC 2017
  • Plenary speaker, conference of the Australian Institute of Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis, Brisbane, 2012

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Expertise

  • Criminal courts
  • Comparative criminology

Research Themes

Max's research aligns to the University's research theme of Better Health, understood broadly as social well being. There are debates on how the criminal justice process can contribute to social well being: through punishment; or through addressing the social factors that result in offending.   Max has contributed through conducting ethnographic projects that describe, in some detail, how judicial decisions are made. He has examined the outcomes and experiences of marginalised groups, as well as seeking to understand professional work and perspectives.  This work has humanistic objectives:  to make people reflect on the moral basis of justice, and whether we can do things differently. Max's research on bureaucracy and 'red tape' has similar objectives in looking at administrative systems and practices in public sector organisations (The New Bureaucracy 2007).

Collaboration

Max collaborates with a number of individuals and groups.   He is currently coordinator of a project on bail decision making and pretrial services, with colleagues in the University of Tasmania and three other universities.  In 2013, he co-edited a special issue of Current Issues in Criminal Justice on Ethnography, crime and criminal justice.  He has co-edited collections with Reza Banakar (University of Lund, Sweden).

Current projects

  • Bail decision making and pretrial services

Fields of Research

  • Sociology (160899)
  • Law and Society (180119)
  • Courts and Sentencing (160203)
  • Sociological Methodology and Research Methods (160807)
  • Criminology (160299)
  • Legal Institutions (incl. Courts and Justice Systems) (180120)
  • Urban Sociology and Community Studies (160810)
  • Law (180199)
  • Social Theory (160806)
  • Public Administration (160509)
  • Criminological Theories (160204)
  • Health Promotion (111712)
  • Police Administration, Procedures and Practice (160205)
  • Correctional Theory, Offender Treatment and Rehabilitation (160202)
  • Policy and Administration (160599)
  • Environmental Sociology (160802)
  • Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment (160801)
  • Comparative Law (180106)
  • Law and Legal Studies (189999)
  • Public Policy (160510)
  • Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning) (160404)
  • Aged Health Care (111702)
  • Crime Policy (160504)
  • Causes and Prevention of Crime (160201)
  • Veterinary Sciences (070799)
  • Studies in Human Society (169999)
  • Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology (160808)
  • Criminal Law and Procedure (180110)
  • Social Policy (160512)
  • Legal Practice, Lawyering and the Legal Profession (180121)

Research Objectives

  • Justice and the Law (940499)
  • Criminal Justice (940403)
  • Legal Processes (940406)
  • Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis (940204)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)
  • Community Service (excl. Work) (940199)
  • Citizenship and National Identity (940106)
  • Law Enforcement (940404)
  • Government and Politics (940299)
  • Health Related to Ageing (920502)
  • Arts and Leisure (950199)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Languages, Communication and Culture (970120)
  • Professions and Professionalisation (940502)
  • Health and Support Services (920299)
  • Social Structure and Health (920413)
  • Political Systems (940203)
  • Work and Institutional Development (940599)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies (970118)
  • Law, Politics and Community Services (949999)
  • Rehabilitation and Correctional Services (940408)
  • Health (929999)
  • Behaviour and Health (920401)
  • Families and Family Services (940112)
  • Civil Justice (940401)
  • Children's/Youth Services and Childcare (940105)
  • Law Reform (940405)
  • Recreation (950103)

Publications

Max has published in a variety of ways, including monographs, journal articles, textbooks and through editing collections.  He is on the editorial board of Qualitative Research and Symbolic Interaction, and writes book reviews for Qualitative Research.

Max's recent participation in a national study of children's courts resulted in the publication of The Sentencing of Children. The book covers youth justice policy, the welfare model, and the criminology and sociology of law. It raises issues for academics and practitioners in juvenile justice and criminologist concerned with understanding the criminal justice process.

Total publications

93

Highlighted publications

(5 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2007BookTravers MH, 'The New Bureaucracy: Quality Assurance and its Critics', Policy Press, Bristol, UK, pp. 202. ISBN 9781861349279 (2007) [Authored Research Book]

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2007Journal ArticleTravers MH, 'Sentencing in the Children's Court: an ethnographic perspective', Youth Justice, 7, (1) pp. 21-35. ISSN 1473-2254 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1473225406074817 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14

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2005Journal ArticleTravers MH, 'Evaluation research and criminal justice: Beyond a political critique', The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 38, (1) pp. 39-58. ISSN 0004-8658 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1375/acri.38.1.39 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 4

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2002BookTravers MH, 'An Introduction to Law and Social Theory', Hart, Oxford, pp. 367. ISBN 1841132098 (2002) [Edited Book]

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1997BookTravers MH, 'The Reality of Law: Work and Talk in a Firm of Criminal Lawyers', Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. 175. ISBN 1840140283 (1997) [Authored Research Book]

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Journal Article

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2016Travers M, 'Business as usual? Bail decision making and "micro politics" in an Australian magistrates court', Law and Social Inquiry, 42, (2) pp. 325-346. ISSN 0897-6546 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/lsi.12264 [eCite] [Details]

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2015Jacobs KA, Travers MH, 'Governmentality as critique: the diversification and regulation of the Australian housing sector', International Journal of Housing Policy, 15, (3) pp. 304-322. ISSN 1949-1247 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14616718.2015.1046209 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Jacobs KA

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2014Travers M, 'A price worth paying? Accountability, red tape and the regulation of affordable housing', Australian Journal of Social Issues, 49, (4) pp. 403-422. ISSN 0157-6321 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/j.1839-4655.2014.tb00321.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

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2014Travers M, 'Using Ethnographic Methods to Strengthen Quantitative Data: Explaining Juvenile Detention Rates in Three Australian States', Bulletin de Methodologie Sociologique, 124, (1) pp. 66-76. ISSN 0759-1063 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0759106314531717 [eCite] [Details]

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2013Travers M, 'Comparing juvenile justice systems: towards a qualitative research project in East Asia', Asian Journal of Criminology, 8, (2) pp. 115-128. ISSN 1871-014X (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11417-012-9152-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

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2013Travers M, 'Asymmetries In Legal Practice, Asymmetries In Analysis? Recent Ethnographies Influenced By The Studies Of Work Tradition', Australian Journal of Communication, 40, (2) pp. 9-17. ISSN 0811-6202 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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2013Travers MH, 'Waiting for the next big thing', Nexus: Newsletter of the Australian Sociological Association, 26, (1) pp. 14 & 32. ISSN 0728-1595 (2013) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2013Travers MH, Putt JE, Howard-Wagner D, 'Current Issues in Criminal Justice', 25, (1) ISSN 1034-5329 (2013) [Edited Journal]

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2013Travers MH, 'Contemporary Comment: The Uneasy Relationship between Criminology and Qualitative Research', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 25, (1) pp. 551-557. ISSN 1034-5329 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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2011Travers M, Gilmour T, Jacobs K, Milligan V, Phillips R, 'Stakeholder views of the regulation of affordable housing providers: Final Report', Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Final Report, (161) pp. 1-50. ISSN 1834-7223 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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2011Travers MH, 'Visual methods: Innovation, decoration or distraction?', Qualitative Researcher, Spring, 2011, (13) pp. 5-7. ISSN 1748-7315 (2011) [Non Refereed Article]

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2010Travers MH, 'Persuading a Client to Plead Guilty (Translation)', Tokai Law Review, 43 pp. 1-36. ISSN 0913-4441 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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2010Travers MH, 'Welfare, punishment or something else? Sentencing minor offences committed by young people in Tasmania and Victoria', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 22, (1) pp. 99-116. ISSN 1034-5329 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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2009Travers M, 'New methods, old problems: A sceptical view of innovation in qualitative research', Qualitative Research, 9, (2) pp. 161-179. ISSN 1468-7941 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1468794108095079 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 45Web of Science - 39

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2009Travers MH, 'A not so strange silence: Why qualitative researchers should respond critically to the qualitative data archive', Australian Journal of Social Issues, 44, (3) pp. 273-289. ISSN 0157-6321 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/j.1839-4655.2009.tb00146.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2

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2009Travers MH, 'The Phenomenon of a Firm of 'Radical' Lawyers (Translation)', Tokai Law Review, 42 pp. 87-118. ISSN 0913-4441 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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2009Travers MH, 'Law in Action: An Ethnomethodological Perspective', Tokai Law Review, 41 pp. 223-52. ISSN 0913-4441 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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2008Travers MH, 'Understanding Comparison in Criminal Justice Research: An Interpretive Perspective', International Criminal Justice Review, 18, (4) pp. 389-405. ISSN 1057-5677 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1057567708324592 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4

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2007Franklin AS, Emmison M, Haraway D, Travers MH, 'Investigating the therapeutic benefits of companion animals: Problems and challenges', Qualitative Sociology Review, 3, (1) pp. 42-58. ISSN 1733-8077 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Franklin AS

2007Travers MH, 'Sentencing in the Children's Court: an ethnographic perspective', Youth Justice, 7, (1) pp. 21-35. ISSN 1473-2254 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1473225406074817 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14

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2006Travers MH, 'Understanding Talk in Legal Settings: What Law and Society Studies Can Learn from a Conversation Analyst', Law and Social Inquiry, 31, (2) pp. 447-465. ISSN 0897-6546 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1747-4469.2006.00017.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 8

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2005Travers MH, 'Evaluation research and criminal justice: Beyond a political critique', The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 38, (1) pp. 39-58. ISSN 0004-8658 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1375/acri.38.1.39 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 4

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2001Travers MH, 'Ethnomethodology, Conversation Analysis and Law', Droit et Societe, 48 pp. 349-366. ISSN 0769-3362 (2001) [Refereed Article]

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2001Travers MH, 'Sociology of Law in Britain', The American Sociologist, 32, (2) pp. 26-40. ISSN 0003-1232 (2001) [Refereed Article]

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Book

(9 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Liu J, Travers M, Chang LYC, 'Comparative Criminology in Asia', Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, pp. 206. ISBN 978-3-319-54942-2 (2017) [Edited Book]

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-54942-2 [eCite] [Details]

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2013Banakar R, Travers MH, 'Law and Social Theory', Hart Publishing Ltd, United Kingdom, pp. 357. ISBN 978-1-84946-381-2 (2013) [Revision/New Edition]

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2012Travers M, 'The Sentencing of Children: Professional Work and Perspectives', New Academia Publishing, Washington, DC, pp. 249. ISBN 978-0-9855698-7-7 (2012) [Authored Research Book]

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2009Travers MH, 'Understanding Law and Society', Routledge, London, pp. 220. ISBN 978-0-415-43032-6 (2009) [Authored Other Book]

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2007Travers MH, 'The New Bureaucracy: Quality Assurance and its Critics', Policy Press, Bristol, UK, pp. 202. ISBN 9781861349279 (2007) [Authored Research Book]

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2005Banakar R, Travers MH, 'Theory and Method in Socio-Legal Research', Hart Publishing, North America, pp. 376. ISBN 9781841136257 (2005) [Authored Other Book]

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2002Travers MH, 'An Introduction to Law and Social Theory', Hart, Oxford, pp. 367. ISBN 1841132098 (2002) [Edited Book]

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2001Travers MH, 'Qualitative Research Through Case Studies', Sage, London, pp. 196. ISBN 0761968059 (2001) [Authored Other Book]

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1997Travers MH, 'The Reality of Law: Work and Talk in a Firm of Criminal Lawyers', Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. 175. ISBN 1840140283 (1997) [Authored Research Book]

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Chapter in Book

(14 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Liu J, Travers M, Chang LYC, 'Reflecting on comparison: A view from Asia', Comparative Criminology in Asia, Springer International Publishing AG, J Liu, M Travers and LYC Chang (ed), Switzerland, pp. 185-201. ISBN 9783319549415 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-54942-2_13 [eCite] [Details]

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2017Travers M, 'Asian Values, Crime and Social Change', Comparative Criminology in Asia, Springer International Publishing AG, J Liu, M Travers and LYC Chang (ed), Switzerland, pp. 33-44. ISBN 9783319549415 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-54942-2_3 [eCite] [Details]

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2014Travers MH, 'Qualitative interviewing methods', Social Research Methods, Oxford University Press, Maggie Walter (ed), Australia, pp. 225-253. ISBN 9780195520170 (2014) [Other Book Chapter]

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2014Travers MH, 'New Methods, Old Problems: A Sceptical View of Innovation in Qualitative Research', Approaches to Fieldwork. SAGE Benchmarks in Social Research Series, Sage Publishing, Sam Hillyard (ed), United Kingdom ISBN 9781446267950 (2014) [Revised Book Chapter]

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2013Banakar R, Travers MH, 'Introduction', Law and Social Theory, Hart Publishing, Reza Banakar and Max Travers (ed), United States, pp. 1-12. ISBN 9781849463812 (2013) [Other Book Chapter]

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2013Travers M, 'Interpretive Sociologists and Law', Law and Social Theory, Hart Publishing Ltd, R Banakar and M Travers (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 165-181. ISBN 978-1-84946-381-2 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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2013Travers M, White R, McKinnon M, 'The Children's Court in Tasmania', Australia's Children's Courts Today and Tomorrow, Springer, R Sheehan and A Borowski (ed), Australia, pp. 103-121. ISBN 9789400759275 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-5928-2_7 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: White R

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2010Travers MH, 'A Sociological Critique of Rights', Rights in Context: Law and Justice in Late Modern Society, Ashgate, Reza Banakar (ed), Aldershot, UK, pp. 41-54. ISBN 9781409407393 (2010) [Research Book Chapter]

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2009Travers MH, 'Qualitative Interviewing Methods', Social Research Methods Second Edition, Oxford University Press, M. Walter (ed), South Melbourne, pp. 287-321. ISBN 9780195562835 (2009) [Revised Book Chapter]

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2006Travers MH, 'Qualitative Interviewing Methods', Social Research Methods: An Australian Perspective, Oxford, Maggie Walter (ed), Melbourne, Victoria, pp. 83-112. ISBN 9780195555301 (2006) [Other Book Chapter]

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2005Banakar R, Travers MH, 'Law, Sociology and Method', Theory and Method in Socio-Legal Research, Hart Publishing, Reza Banakar and Max Travers (ed), North America, pp. 1-25. ISBN 9781841136257 (2005) [Research Book Chapter]

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2005Travers MH, 'Evaluation Research and Legal Services', Theory and Method in Socio-Legal Research, Hart Publishing, Reza Banakar and Max Travers (ed), North America, pp. 327-345. ISBN 978-1-84113-625-7 (2005) [Research Book Chapter]

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2004Travers MH, 'The Philosophical Assumptions of Constructionism', Social Constructionism in Housing Research, Ashgate Publishing Company, K Jacobs, L Kemeny, T Manzi (ed), Aldershot, pp. 14-31. ISBN 0-7546-3837-5 (2004) [Research Book Chapter]

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2002Travers MH, 'Symbolic Interactionism and Law', An Introduction to Law and Social Theory, Hart Publishing, Reza Banakar and Max Travers (ed), North America, pp. 367. ISBN 1841132098 (2002) [Research Book Chapter]

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Review

(15 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Travers MH, 'Book review: YVONNA S LINCOLN and EGON G GUBA The Constructivist Credo', Qualitative Research Journal, 16, (2) pp. 245-246. ISSN 1448-0980 (2016) [Review Single Work]

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2016Travers MH, 'Book Review: Dorothy E. Smith and Susan Marie Turner (eds), Incorporating Texts into Institutional Ethnographies', Qualitative Research Journal, 16, (4) pp. 480-481. ISSN 1448-0980 (2016) [Review Single Work]

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2014Travers M, 'Book review: CHRISTIAN HEATH, The Dynamics of Auction: Social Interaction and the Sale of Fine Art and Antiques', Qualitative Research, 14, (3) pp. 401-403. ISSN 1468-7941 (2014) [Review Single Work]

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2013Travers M, 'Book review: CELINE-MARIE PASCALE, Cartographies of Knowledge: Exploring Qualitative Epistemologies', Qualitative Research, 13, (3) pp. 370-386. ISSN 1468-7941 (2013) [Review Single Work]

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2012Travers MH, 'Foreword to 'Regulation in Action'', Regulation in Action: The Health Professions Council Fitness to Practice Hearing of Dr Malcolm Cross pp. xiii-xiv. (2012) [Review Single Work]

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2009Travers MH, 'Conducting Law and Society Research: Reflections on Methods and Practices', Journal of Law and Society, 36, (4) pp. 607-610. (2009) [Review Single Work]

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2006Travers MH, 'Postmodernism and Qualitative Research', Qualitative Research, 6, (2) pp. 267-273. (2006) [Review Several Works]

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2006Travers MH, 'Review of Peter Malpass' Housing and the Welfare State', Housing, Theory and Society, 23, (1) pp. 61-63. (2006) [Review Single Work]

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2005Travers MH, 'Review of the Practice of Ronet Bachman and Russell Schut's Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice 2nd edition', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 38, (1) pp. 161-162. (2005) [Review Single Work]

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2004Travers MH, 'Review of Jyoti Puri's Encountering Nationalism', Network, 89, (25) (2004) [Review Single Work]

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2004Travers MH, 'Review of Pip Jones' Introducing Social Theory', Network, 87, (26) (2004) [Review Single Work]

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2004Travers MH, 'Review of Mustafa Emirbayer's (ed.) Emile Durkheim: Sociologist of Modernity', Network, 87, (24) (2004) [Review Single Work]

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2003Travers MH, 'Review of Peter Hamilton and Kenneth Thompson's (eds.) The Uses of Sociology', Network, 85, (23-24) (2003) [Review Single Work]

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2003Travers MH, 'Review of Peter Woods' Successful Writing for Qualitative Researchers', Network, 85, (26) (2003) [Review Single Work]

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2003Travers MH, 'Review of James Schnell's Qualitative Method Interpretations in Communication Studies', Qualitative Research, 3, (2) pp. 279-280. (2003) [Review Single Work]

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Conference Publication

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YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Altmann E, Travers MH, Doherty KV, Robinson AL, 'Strata managers, cognitive gymnastics and aging in place policies', International Research Forum on Multi-owned Properties, 9-10 February, 2017, Melbourne, Australia (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Altmann E; Doherty KV; Robinson AL

2016Travers MH, 'The idea of a Southern Criminology', Annual conference of the Asian Criminology Society, 18-21 June, 2016, Beijing, China (2016) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2016Travers MH, 'Qualitative methods in criminology: The state of the art', World Congress of Criminology, 15-19 December, 2016, Dehli, India (2016) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2016Travers MH, 'The idea of a Southern Criminology', World Congress of Criminology, 15-19 December, 2016, Dehli, India (2016) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2016Travers MH, 'Business as usual? How magistrates in Tasmania make bail decisions', Annual conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, 30 November - 1 December, 2016, Hobart, Tasmania (2016) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2015Travers MH, 'Business as usual? How magistrates in Tasmania make bail decisions', Annual conference of the Australian Law and Society Association, 5-8 December, 2015, Adelaide, Australia (2015) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2014Travers MH, 'Why compare? Interpretive challenges for socio-legal researchers', Conference on exploring the comparative in socio-legal studies, 14-15 December, 2014, Oxford, UK (2014) [Plenary Presentation]

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2014Travers MH, 'Crisis what crisis? Risk theorising and the resilience of the lifeworld', Annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, 15-17 August, 2014, San Francisco, United States (2014) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2013Bartkowiak-Theron I, Travers M, 'Being Critical in conservative times: Editors' Introduction', 6th Annual Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference Proceedings, 12-13 July 2012, University of Tasmania, Hobart, pp. 5-9. ISBN 978-0-646-59495-8 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Bartkowiak-Theron I

2013Bartkowiak-Theron I, Travers M, Prichard J, 'Bail and Vulnerability: Do we know enough to help inform policy?', 6th Annual Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference Proceedings, 12-13th July 2012, University of Tasmania, Hobart, pp. 48-55. ISBN 978-0-646-59495-8 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Bartkowiak-Theron I; Prichard J

2013Bartkowiak-Theron IMF, Travers MH, 'Changing the Way We Think about Change', University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, 12-13 July 2012, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 1-142. ISBN 978-0-646-59495-8 (2013) [Conference Edited]

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2013Travers M, 'Ethnography and cultural criminology: What makes a research method critical?', The 6th Annual Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference Proceedings 2012, 12 and 13 July 2012, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 119-126. ISBN 978-0-646-59495-8 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2013Travers MH, 'Understanding everyday bureaucracy: Some features of routine administrative work in universities', Annual conference of the Australian Sociological Association, 26-28 December, 2013, Melbourne, Australia (2013) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2013Travers MH, 'Bail, risk and vulnerability', Annual conference of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, 15-18 August, 2013, Hobart, Tasmania (2013) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2011Travers MH, 'Comparing juvenile justice systems: Towards a qualitative research project in East Asia', Conference Proceedings, 17-19/12/2011, Taipei, Taiwan, pp. 23-33. (2011) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2011Travers MH, White R, McKinnon MK, 'The children's court in Tasmania: Challenges, possibilities and future directions', Conference Proceedings, 28-30/9/2011, Geelong, Victoria, pp. 1-23. (2011) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: White R; McKinnon MK

2011Travers MH, 'A price worth paying? Accountability, red tape and the regulation of affordable housing', Local Lives/Global Networks, 28/11-1/12/2011, Newcastle, Australia, pp. CD. ISBN 9780646567792 (2011) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2009Travers MH, 'Can auditors be trusted? To what extent, if any, does audit practice undermine trust?', Ethics or Audit Workshop, 25 February 2009, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne (2009) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2009Travers MH, 'Welfare, punishment, or something else? Sentencing minor offences committed by young people in Tasmanian and Victoria', Third Critical Criminology Conference, 9-10 July 2009, Monash University, Melbourne (2009) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2009Travers MH, 'Welfare, punishment, or something else? Sentecing minor offences committed by young people in Tasmania and Victoria', Law in Action: International Workshop on the Praxeological Study of Law, 1-3 July 2009, Cachlan, France (2009) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2009Travers MH, 'Crime, governance and the resilience of the lifeworld. Is it time to re-think the concept of risk?', Crime and Governance: Risk, Resilence and Beyond, 25 Spetember 2009, Stamford Hotel, Brisbane (2009) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2009Travers MH, 'A not so strange silence: Why qualitative researchers should respond critically to the qualitative data archive', Plenary Session, Australian Sociological Association Conference, 2-4 December 2009, Australian National University, Canberra (2009) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2008Travers MH, 'An interactionist perspective on quality assurance', Couch Stone Symposium Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction , 2008, University of Illinois (2008) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2008Travers MH, 'Sentecing Young Offenders in Tasmania', Conference on Juvenile Justice, April 2008, University of Tasmania (2008) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2006Travers MH, 'New Methods, Old Problems: A Sceptical View of Innovation and Qualitative Research', European Sociological Association Qualitative Research Network mid-term conference, August 2006, University of Cardiff (2006) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2005Travers MH, 'Sentencing in the Children's Court: An Ethnographic Perspective', The Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association TASA Conference Proceedings, 5-8 December 2005, Hobart, Tasmania (2005) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Other Public Output

(5 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Altmann E, Travers MH, ''Probing tensions between housing and age friendly communities policies for future direction', Parity magazine, Council to Homeless Persons, Australia, 29, 9 (2016) [Magazine Article]

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2005Travers MH, 'A Question of Ethics', Network: The Newsletter of the British Sociological Association, British Sociological Association, UK (2005) [Internal Newsletter]

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2005Travers MH, 'The Methods Debate in Criminology', Newsletter of the British Society of Criminology, British Society of Criminology, London, 1, 59 (2005) [Internal Newsletter]

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2005Travers MH, 'Counting on Assessment a False Salve', The Australian, News Limited, Sydney, 29 June (2005) [Newspaper Article]

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2004Travers MH, 'New Beginning or Another False Dawn: Report on 2004 American Sociological Association Annual Conference', Nexus, Australian Sociological Association, Melbourne, 16, 3 (2004) [Internal Newsletter]

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Grants & Funding

Many of Max's projects have been possible without grants. Others have required or been assisted by grants.   These include a study about immigration appeals tribunals (ESRC £10,600, 1996), a project on housing regulation (AHURI $117,412, 2008), participation in a national study of children's courts (ARC $396,728, 2008) and a project on bail decision-making and pretrial services (CRC $35,791).

Funding Summary

Number of grants

5

Total funding

$748,193

Projects

Bail decision-making and pretrial services: A comparative study of magistrates courts in four Australian states (2017 - 2018)$35,791
Description
This project aims to examine 100 adult bail applications in the Magistrates Courts in the states of Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales to identify the practical issues that arise in the provision of pretrial services.
Funding
Australian Institute of Criminology ($35,791)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Travers MH; Bartkowiak-Theron IMF; Sarre R; Day A; Bond C; Colvin E
Period
2017 - 2018
Critical issues in the creation of dementia friendly communities: Maintaining housing for early and mid stage clients and their carers (2016)$6,990
Description
Project objectives:To better understand community attitudes to people with early and mid stage dementia living in community, with a view to developing policies to assist private housing providers in their provision of services to people with dementia living in the community. This paper grows out of Dr. Erika Altmanns publications on the housing industry at the University of Tasmania and supervised by Dr. Max Travers. It draws from and builds on the success of the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre in the provision of outstanding on-line educational courses demonstrated through the MOOC to deliver better health outcomes and the experience Erika has gained through working on projects at Wicking with Dr Doherty and others. To develop the necessary evidence base upon which to mount higher level grant applications with a view to developing, where necessary, intervention practices that assist people with dementia to live in community for longer. The 2017 DCRC round is targeted.To develop cross disciplinary collaborations between academics within the ABL, Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre and Faculty of Health Sciences with a view to tackling a major cultural challenge facing local, national and international societies.To develop the research skills of early career researchers and provide sufficient mentoring to enable them to build their research careers and enhance UTAS capacity.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($6,990)
Scheme
Grant-Cross-Disciplinary Incentive
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Travers MH; Altmann E; Doherty KV
Year
2016
Challenges, Possibilities and Future Directions: A National Assessment of Australia's Children's Courts (2009 - 2010)$580,000
Funding
Australian Research Council ($580,000)
Scheme
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
La Trobe University
Research Team
Borowski A; Sheehan RJ; Camilleri PJ; McArthur M; Fernandez EO; Bolitho JJ; Travers MH; White RD; West D; Packham J; Tilbury C; Mazerolle P; Delfabbro PH; Day A; Clare MW; Clare JP
Period
2009 - 2010
Grant Reference
DP0987175
Regulatory Frameworks and Their Utility for the Not For Profit Housing Sector (2009 - 2010)$117,412
Funding
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute ($117,412)
Scheme
Grant-Research Project
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Travers MH; Milligan V; Jacobs KA; Easthope H; Phillips R; Randolph B
Period
2009 - 2010
The Children's Court in Tasmania: An Ethnographic Study (2005)$8,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($8,000)
Scheme
Grant-Institutional Research Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Travers MH
Year
2005

Research Supervision

Max has supervised PhD students since the early 1990s.   He is particularly interested in supervising projects about the criminal justice process that employ qualitative methods.

Current

2

Completed

13

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDEarly Childhood Programs for Social Inclusion in Tasmania, Australia: Examining cognitions, emotions and social dispositions2012
PhDReligion and Participation in Civic Society2017

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDWorking Restoratively: A study of youth justice professionals in Tasmania
Candidate: Nicholas Andrew Thomas
2017
PhDYoung Peoples Post-compulsory Educational Choices in a Small Rural Tasmanian Town
Candidate: Merete Skovgaard Schmidt
2016
PhDDisaster Response and Adaptation to Climate Change in Fiji and Tonga: Remote Island Perspectives
Candidate: Ingrid Christina Johnston
2015
PhDVirtually Real: Being in Cyberspace
Candidate: Morgan Leigh
2014
PhDOrganisational capacity to govern? The case of the owner corporation as a volunteer organisation responsible for large assets
Candidate: Erika Altmann
2014
PhDA Tale of Two Sectors: Practitioner Perspectives on Rehabilitation and Working with People with Complex Needs
Candidate: Hannah Marie Graham
2014
PhDI talked to my tree and my tree talked back: radical environmental activists and their relationships with nature
Candidate: John Peter Cianchi
2013
PhDToying with Toxins - the Global Transference of Toxic Harms
Candidate: Diane Jennifer Heckenberg
2013
PhDThe Social Consequences of Contemporary Financial Markets and the Case for a Financial Transaction Tax
Candidate: Peter Scott Willans
2013
MastersInter-Religious Interaction in Urban Australia: The Influence of Religious-Identity on Perceptions of 'The Other'
Candidate: Elizabeth Irene Mary Chittock
2011
PhDSafe Sisters: Limitations of Sister City Relationships for International Peace Building
Candidate: Barbara Teresa Lloyd
2010
PhDReflecting on Cosmetic Surgery: Body Image, Shame and Narcissism
Candidate: Jane Megan Northrop
2010
PhDCultural Civility and Cultural Barbarism: A Sociological Analysis of the Religious Factor in Australian Cultural Tastes
Candidate: Haydn Mark Aarons
2008