Connect with a Criminologist

Is crime like we see on tv?

Does everyone who commits a crime go to prison? Is environmental destruction a crime?

These and many questions like these are what criminologists consider. Criminologists seek to explain the nature, extent and causes of crime in society, and the nature/characteristics of how criminal justice is enforced across jurisdictions.

Our criminologists are excited to discuss criminology with your students and can tailor sessions to your students’ interests. For example: discussing how prisons work, what environmental crime is, what forensics studies is, what students can learn if they study criminology.


  • Suitable for Years 9 - 12
  • Ideal for students studying Civics and Citizenship, History, Sociology, Exploring Issues in Society, Legal Studies
  • Expected duration of 30 - 60 mins, dependent on topic(s) covered
  • Available online Australia-wide and face-to-face in Tasmania only
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The Criminologists

Vicky is a Lecturer in Criminology at UTAS. Her research interests are especially around history and crime (especially women’s offending), how popular culture represents various types of crime, as well as violence in society. Vicky is the founder and convenor of the Australian and New Zealand Historical Criminology (ANZHC) Network that connects scholars who are interested in researching historical crimes and criminal justice systems in not only Australia and New Zealand but also all over the world.

Criminologist, Professor Rob White, has not slowed in his pursuit towards advocating for and protecting the rights of Earth and its precious and diminishing natural resources.

His study in the field of green criminology has seen him become internationally renowned for work which spans more than three decades, numerous books, over 250 articles and book chapters and various speaking engagements across several continents.

The drive and motivation to tackle head on eco-justice on a global scale stems from a very personal level.

“I have children and I have grandchildren and basically, at the end of the day, I’m living in a world where we also have non-human entities such as forests, animals and rivers being negatively affected by inappropriate activities.”

Green criminology describes an ecologically-informed critical approach to the study of environmental harm.

It is a multidisciplinary perspective and encompasses a broad spectrum of issues including transnational environmental crime, pollution crime, water theft and illegal trade in wildlife.

The approach incorporates legal concepts of environmental crime as well as non-legal concepts of harm.

“For example, from a green criminological perspective looking at environmental harm, we would say that the clear felling of old-growth forests should be criminalised because it’s unbelievably destructive from an ecological perspective,” Professor White said.

“Green criminology is fundamentally about eco-justice and eco-justice for me has three key elements: environmental justice that deals with humans, ecological justice that deals with ecosystems and biospheres, and species justice that deals with non-human animals and plants.”

Professor White’s early career focussed on youth studies and juvenile justice, before also pursuing a particular focus on green criminology, which continues to gain global attention.

Loene is a senior lecturer in Criminology, a researcher in the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies and the Institute for the Study of Social Change. Loene undertakes applied and interdisciplinary research in policing, forensic studies, and higher education. She has a particular interest in how effective communication in the criminal justice process can contribute to improved justice outcomes. This includes interagency, interdisciplinary, and intercultural communication.

Loene was appointed as a lecturer in Criminology in 2015. Since that time, she has been responsible for teaching a range of Criminology units and supervising student research. While undertaking her PhD from 2012, Loene tutored in Criminology and Sociology and Psychology; and was a research assistant at the University of Tasmania and Charles Sturt University. Prior to joining UTAS, Loene taught languages in NSW schools and led several study tours to Japan. Loene spent time in remote Aboriginal community schools in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.