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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  • Fakafoki Ki Api (Returned Home) - The Deportation of Tongan Non-citizen Criminals from Australia: an analysis of deportee's experiences and the perceptions and attitudes of Tonga towards receiving criminal deportees from Australia
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor John Scott, Associate Professor Danielle Watson
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Kerry Carrington
  • The Relationship Between Climate Change, Peace and Security
    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: Adjunct Associate Professor Toby Miles-Johnson, Dr Michael Chataway
  • Non-mobilised pathways to socio-political participation by marginalised youth in authoritarian contexts
    PhD, Mentoring Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Helen Berents, Dr Caitlin Mollica