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Criminology Research Unit (CRU)

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, College of Arts, Law and Education 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.


Professor Rob White
Director - Criminology Research Unit
School of Social Sciences
University of Tasmania
Private Bag 22

Tel: +61 3 6226 2877


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:

Evaluation involves systematic assessment of the processes and outcomes of a particular project, program or strategy. It can refer to how agencies perform or to impacts on the wider community or environment. Evaluation and strategic planning are intended to enhance performance in positive and constructive directions.

Scoping papers provide an in-depth analysis of a particular area of research or practice, including extended discussion of current practices and strategies, discussion of evolving trends, and key models and questions pertaining to the issue in question. Scoping papers are more than 6000 words in length, and are published in the CRU Occasional Paper series.