Professor Melissa Bull

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Doctor of Philosophy (Griffith University)

Professor Melissa Bull joined QUT School of Justice as Director of QUT Centre for Justice in September 2019.  Prior to this Melissa worked in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University.  While at Griffith University Melissa held a number of research leadership roles, including Deputy Director and then Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (2012-15). From 2016 she was the leader of the Justice, Law and Society research program in the Griffith Criminology Institute.

Melissa’s two main areas of research include drug regulation and policing diversity.  Her current research projects include work that focuses on harm reduction and drug law reform in China and Australia, as well as a project with colleagues from the University of Queensland that explores new ways of thinking about policing in Pacific Island states.

Melissa has published widely on drug regulation and drug control, sentencing and punishment, long term immigration detention, community policing and diversity, counter terrorism narratives and prevention programs, and gender violence in Pacific island states


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  • The Deportation of Convicted Tongan Non-Citizen Criminals from Australia to Tonga
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor John Scott, Dr Danielle Watson
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Kerry Carrington
  • The Relationship Between Climate Change, Peace and National Security (Case Study: United States of America and Colombia)
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Caitlin Mollica
  • Perceptions of Police Communication: How Technologies in Policing Influence Trust in Police during the COVID-19 Pandemic
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Toby Miles-Johnson, Dr Michael Chataway
  • Non-mobilised movements in repressive socio-political contexts: an exploratory study of marginalised youth's everyday agency.
    PhD, Mentoring Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Helen Berents, Dr Caitlin Mollica