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Criminology Research Unit (CRU)

The Criminology Research Unit (CRU) promotes criminology as a critical field of study and research leading to improved policy evaluation and development. To achieve this, the CRU proudly collaborates with local Tasmanian communities, as well as Australian and international governmental and non-governmental stakeholders.

The CRU was first established in 2000; it is being expanded and re-launched in 2021. 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 skill sets. Current areas of expertise within the CRU include:

  • incarceration and prison issues affecting men and women, community corrections, and working with offenders
  • environmental criminology, harm, and ecological justice
  • forensic studies, and communication in the criminal justice system by police and other professionals
  • crime prevention, social programmes, local government and evaluation research
  • historical criminology, and archival research
  • sexual violence against adults and children, victim therapeutic needs, and perpetrator prevention
  • youth studies, juvenile justice, children's courts, and youth gangs
  • If you would like us to lend our expertise to one of your projects or are looking to collaborate please contact the Co-Directors, Dr Loene Howes or Dr Vicky Nagy


Dr Loene Howes
Dr Vicky Nagy

Criminology Research Unit
School of Social Sciences
University of Tasmania
Private Bag 22

Tel: +61 3 6226 2320 or +61 3 6226 6810
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To see some of the work that researchers affiliated with the CRU are undertaking at UTAS, please take a look at their profiles


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 directors, Loene Howes or Vicky Nagy:

CRU Briefing Papers are peer-reviewed short pieces on various topics created by CRU affiliated researchers.

Briefing Paper 1: Leisure and Crime During COVID

Briefing Paper 2: The Tasmanian Salmon Industry

Rapid evidence reviews are reviews of literature or knowledge that are performed in a simplified manner often with a focus on more timely research evidence synthesis than more traditional systematic reviews. Rapid evidence reviews are especially helpful when research is required in a timely manner.

Homicide Offender Recidivism