Therapeutic Justice Approaches to Criminal Justice

Closing Date

31 October 2019

The Research Project

Therapeutic (problem solving) approaches have been adopted in a number of jurisdictions to tackle particularly intransigent forms of offending and offending that does not appear to be susceptible to traditional responses, including drug related offending, recidivist drink driving, family violence and offending arising from mental and cognitive incapacities.

There are a number of possibilities for PhD research in this arena including:

  • Participation in the establishment of a pilot therapeutic approach to recidivist drink driving and evaluation of the pilot from offender, court and service provider perspectives.
  • Comparative analysis of the operation of therapeutic courts – how legal participants, including judicial officers, interact with offenders; the extent to which they comply with the key requirements of the therapeutic approach to offending.
  • Comparative analysis of the therapeutic approaches in relation to different targeted areas including family violence, drug related offending and/or mental health related offending;
  • Evaluation of the impact on recidivism and re-integration of problem solving approaches in relation to family violence, drug related offending and/or mental health related offending;
  • Investigation of community responses to a therapeutic approach to this type of offending.
  • Attitudes of law enforcement agencies and personnel to therapeutic responses.
  • There are opportunities to develop cross-disciplinary research projects particularly with the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies, and in particular, in relation to research understandings of therapeutic responses.


The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:

  • The scholarship is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates;
  • The degree must be undertaken on a full-time basis;
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a First Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector;
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills.

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Legal service delivery
  • Qualitative research methods, particularly in depth interviewing

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor.

Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact Associate Professor Terese Henning for more information.