Exploring the darker side of human nature

Since the appropriation and settlement of Australia’s mainland to the present time, much has changed in our approach and attitudes to crimes and punishments. Most notably, it has been a shift from large-scale convict transportation, with its comprehensive system of colonial justice and punishment, to ideas of justice and retribution that include restorative justice, justice reinvestment and social-benefit bonds. Through a number of stories, retribution, reform and rehabilitation are themes explored in Griffith Review 65: Crimes and Punishments.

Also, these themes are often reflected in research – the impact of crime on family and community and, of the changing attitudes to criminology on reform and rehabilitation. The following snapshot of open access research, held in Griffith Research Online, forms part of the research narrative around the interconnection between crime and punishment and societal impact and attitudes:

Read more Griffith University research on crime and punishment.

Please join us at the Griffith Review and Griffith Library presentation of Lightning talks: Crimes and Punishments.

Featuring experts:

Prof Susan Dennison

Professor Susan Dennison is a professor and deputy head of school (Research) in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University as well as deputy director of the Griffith Criminology Institute.

Prof Ross Homel

Professor Ross Homel is Foundation Professor of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University. His research is focused on preventing crime, violence and injuries, and promoting the positive development of children and young people living in crime disadvantaged communities.

Dr Sarah Woodland

Dr Sarah Woodland is a practitioner, researcher and educator in applied theatre, specialising in participatory arts and prison theatre. Currently she is a Research Fellow at Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre.

Dr Lacey Schaefer

Dr Lacey Schaefer is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University and a Research Fellow with the Griffith Criminology Institute. A 2017 study undertaken by Dr Schaefer in environmental corrections saw a 28% reduction in reoffending.


Wednesday 21 August 2019
Noon – 1 pm


Mt Gravatt Library (M13) Level 2