CJRC Research Student (PhD) Supervision

CJRC PhD students have undertaken research on the following topics:

  • Violence in and around licensed premises 
  • Case management in youth justice 
  • Use of confrontation in interviews by youth probation officers 
  • School experiences and pathways to criminality 
  • Why men access and continue with mental health services 
  • Experiences of ageing offenders in the community 
  • Violent young women – an exploration of causes and treatment 
  • Relationships between women and their children during and after prison 
  • Violence towards international students 
  • How mental illness is used as a cause of violent crime 
  • Pathways to desistance: The experiences of young women pre, during and post-incarceration within Victoria
  • Peer group infiuence in youth justice
  • Children of prisoners where mothers have mental health issues

The Model

One of the key differences between the Monash University Criminal Justice Research Consortium and other similar consortiums is the application of combined expertise to criminal justice research problems. One of the easiest ways to apply this combined expertise to research problems is through the supervision of research (PhD and Masters) students.

Monash University strongly recommends research students have more than one supervisor for their entire time as a candidate. As part of their involvement in the CJRC, all members are encouraged to extend this in two respects. The first is by encouraging students to have three supervisors. The second and more important aspect to the operation of the CJRC is that these three supervisors belong to different departments or disciplines across the university.

Benefits to Students

This approach provides students with a greater understanding of the breadth of approaches used to address criminal justice research issues. Students also have access to a greater range of expertise and interact with more of their peers by being affiliated with three departments rather than one.

Benefits to CJRC Members

By enrolling students in this manner, supervisors will be able to spread the load of student supervision across two other supervisors. Students may also help researchers facilitate a cross-disciplinary collaboration where previously one was not possible; particularly if time or staffing was a major factor in not forming a new collaboration. Members may also become more aware of the breadth of approaches used to address criminal justice issues.

Supervisor and Student Requirements

The Monash University Research Graduate School (MRGS) has guidelines on doctoral student supervision that all potential students and supervisors should be familiar with.

More Information

More information on the multi-disciplinary panel model of student supervision can be obtained from the Criminal Justice Research (Masters by Research and PhD) brochure or by emailing the CJRC. The research interests of consortium members are outlined in the CJRC member profiles booklet.