Ross Homel

Professor Ross Homel, Griffith University, Australia

Ross Homel is Foundation Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, and Director of the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance. He served as editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology  from 1992 to 1995, and was a part-time Commissioner of the Queensland Criminal Justice Commission from February 1994 to April 1999. In July 2003 he took on a half-time role for 12 months with the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, to help develop a set of national research priorities to advance the wellbeing of children and young people, and to set up a new Australian Research Council research network on behalf of the Alliance. In 2004 he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

Professor Homel’s PhD is in behavioural sciences from Macquarie University, and resulted in the publication in the United States of a book, Policing and Punishing the Drinking Driver (1988). As well as a PhD, he has a Master of Science degree and an honours Bachelor of Science degree, both in mathematical statistics. He is the winner of a 1995 National Road Safety Award for his work on random breath testing in New South Wales, and the research centre at Griffith University which he established shared Australian Violence Prevention and Queensland Health awards in 1994 and 1998 for research on the prevention of violence in licensed venues.

Professor Homel's career focus is the theoretical analysis of crime and associated problems such as violence and injury, and the prevention of these problems through the application of the scientific method to problem analysis and the development, implementation and evaluation of interventions. He is particularly interested in prevention projects implemented through community development methods at the local level, and is co-director of a large early intervention project in a disadvantaged area of Brisbane (the Pathways to Prevention Project). In 2004 this project, which he developed in partnership with Mission Australia, won equal first prize in the National Crime and Violence Prevention Awards.


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