The 2021 BEST Justice Seed-Funding Initiative is a collaboration between BEST and QUT Centre for Justice, with the purpose of creating new research partnerships for early career researchers (ECRs) and mid-career researchers (MCRs) on topics of relevance to BEST and QUT Centre for Justice. Learn more about the BEST Justice Seed-Funding Initiative HERE.
The 2021 Seed-Funding Recipients
This year we had two outstanding applications for the BEST Justice Seed-Funding Initiative, with both teams receiving the full $10,000 grant for their projects.
BEST and the QUT Centre for Justice would like to congratulate Dr Grace O’Brien, Dr Annette Quayle and Dr Foluké Abigail Badejo on the success of their project, “Reducing Juvenile Detention and Recidivism through co-delivery of a First Nations Education Support Program” and congratulate Assoc. Prof. Cassandra Cross, Assoc. Prof. Deanna Grant-Smith, Dr Stephen Whyte and Alicia Feldman on the success of their project, “Establishing a baseline understanding of recruitment fraud in cyber and traditional labour markets.”
Further details about both projects can be found below:
Reducing Juvenile Detention and Recidivism through co-delivery of a First Nations Education Support Program – Dr Grace O’Brien, Dr Annette Quayle and Dr Foluké Abigail Badejo:
This project will engage with and co-deliver with First Nations peoples in the Moreton Bay Region to develop a culturally responsive education support program for vulnerable First Nations young people coming into contact with police, courts and the juvenile justice system. Empowering disengaged young First Nations people to re-engage with education, training or employment will be a priority outcome. Including First Nations peoples is essential to achieve political integrity and amplify the voices of those who are situated within the research.
Accordingly, this project draws on the principles of critical social marketing and co-design to work collaboratively with First Nations knowledges and those within the Community working with young people, to understand some of the core barriers and opportunities within their social and cultural environment which can be optimised to facilitate community-led sustainable behaviour change.
Establishing a baseline understanding of recruitment fraud in cyber and traditional labour markets – Prof. Cassandra Cross, Assoc. Prof. Deanna Grant-Smith, Dr Stephen Whyte and Alicia Feldman:
Employment (or recruitment) fraud uses the guise of a genuine job opportunity to attract potential victims. Offenders use advertisements across print and social media to lure potential victims, asking them to directly pay “fees”, or send personal information (driver’s licence, bank account details, passports) to secure a job. Those who comply can expose themselves to a range of consequences, including fraud, identity crime, and money laundering. Despite the potential financial consequences for individuals and reputational consequences for the recruitment industry, little has been written about recruitment fraud as a specific category of fraud. This project seeks to establish a baseline understanding of the prevalence of recruitment fraud in cyber and traditional labour markets in Australia.