Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (TILES)

About Us

The Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (TILES), formed by the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management (DPFEM), is based at the University of Tasmania and formally operates within the College of Arts, Law and Education.

In 2018 the Institute reached a significant milestone - fifteen years of innovative, collaborative and interdisciplinary research that has been recognised locally, nationally and internationally. The Institute was formally founded in 2002 and fully established in 2003. It was the first institute dedicated solely to the study of law enforcement at the University of Tasmania.

“Whenever I am asked about what has made it such a successful Institute, I always say collaboration. I strongly believe that it is people - and the relationships we build with them either in the short or long term - that have created the environment for our successful research activities and outcomes” – Prof Roberta Julian (the founding Director, TILES)

Our Vision

To achieve an international reputation for excellence in law enforcement research.

Our Mission

To conduct and promote evidence based research to improve the quality of law enforcement and enhance community safety.

Engagements and Commitments

The Institute focuses on four strategic priorities namely research, teaching, communication and professionalism.

TILES is committed to excellence in law enforcement research. Collaborative research that links academics with practitioners is a hallmark of that research. TILES is in active collaborative relationship with many (local, national and international) research centres, institutions and organisations.

TILES is engaged with the School of Social Sciences in a successful collaboration between the University and the DPFEM in teaching, especially in the development of Police Studies and Emergency Management programs. TILES is also engaged with Forensic Studies UTAS and the Criminology, Law and Police Studies Research Group (CLP).

The Institute provides supervision of Higher Degree by Research (HDR) programs - the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Research (MRes).

Where We Are

The Institute is based in Hobart, Tasmania's capital city. Hobart is located on the Derwent River in Tasmania's south, and surrounded by spectacular coastlines, mountains and wineries. The accessibility, clean air and relaxed lifestyle is what makes Tasmania so liveable and unique. Studying at the University of Tasmania is a perfect way to discover this beautiful island and at the same time complete a degree or graduate research.