Professor Matthew Ball

Matthew Ball Centre for Justice

Matthew’s research focuses on the intersections between sexuality, gender, and criminal justice. He is an acknowledged global leader in the field of Queer Criminology, and the 2021 recipient of the Western Society of Criminology’s Richard Tewksbury Award for significant contributions to scholarship or activism on the intersection of crime and sexuality. He has written and edited two foundational texts in the field – Criminology and Queer Theory: Dangerous Bedfellows? (Palgrave) and Queering Criminology (co-edited with Angela Dwyer and Thomas Crofts, Palgrave), and he has also co-edited a further four journal special issues on Queer Criminology.

Matthew also has significant experience in leadership roles within the University and the community, specifically focused on enhancing opportunities for LGBTQ people. He is currently Deputy Director of the Centre for Justice, co-lead of the Centre’s LGBTQ-focused research group, and a mentor with the Pinnacle Foundation, supporting young LGBTQ students attending university. He has previously been Faculty of Law Equity Chair and an academic representative on the QUT LGBTIQA+ Action Plan Working Party.

Matthew can be contacted via email. You can also follow him on Twitter and see more of his research publications on eprints.


‘LGBTQ communities have historically had a strained relationship with the justice system, often reporting experiences of discrimination, injustice, and overpolicing. This situation is slowly changing as the needs of LGBTQ people are being taken seriously. It is very rewarding to be able to help create such change and achieve social justice through cutting-edge and community driven research’.



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Books by Matthew Ball

Justice in Society (2nd edition)

Ball, Matthew, Carpenter, Belinda (2019) Justice in Society (2nd edition)

Criminology and Queer Theory

Ball, Matthew (2016) Criminology and Queer Theory: Dangerous Bedfellows?. Critical Criminological Perspectives.

Queering Criminology

Dwyer, Angela, Ball, Matthew, Crofts, Thomas (Eds.) (2016) Queering Criminology. In Dwyer, Angela, Ball, Matthew, Crofts, Thomas (Eds.).
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Book Chapters by Matthew Ball

Queering criminology globally

Ball, Matthew (2020) Queering criminology globally. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, pp.1-28.

Queer criminology and the global south

Ball, Matthew, Dwyer, Angela (2018) Queer criminology and the global south: Setting queer and southern criminologies into dialogue. In Hogg, R, Scott, J, Sozzo, M, Carrington, K (Eds.), The Palgrave handbook of criminology and the global south, pp.121-138.
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What's queer about queer criminology?

Ball, Matthew (2014) What's queer about queer criminology?. In Panfil, V, Peterson, D (Eds.), Handbook of LGBT communities, crime, and justice, pp.531-555.
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Journal articles by Matthew Ball

Queer criminology, critique, and the 'art of not being governed'

Ball, Matthew (2014) Queer criminology, critique, and the 'art of not being governed'. Critical Criminology, 22 (1), pp.21-34.
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Unsettling queer criminology: Notes towards decolonization

Ball, Matthew (2019) Unsettling queer criminology: Notes towards decolonization. Critical Criminology, 27 (1), pp.145-161.
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Building an Intersectional and Trans‑Inclusive Criminology

Valcore, Jace, Fradella, Henry F., Guadalupe-Diaz, Xavier, Ball, Matthew, Dwyer, Angela, DeJong, Christina, Walker, Allyn, Wodda, Aimee, Worthen, Meredith (2021) Building an Intersectional and Trans‑Inclusive Criminology: Responding to the Emergence of 'Gender Critical' Perspectives in Feminist Criminology. Critical Criminology, 29 (4), pp.687-706.
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Support Provided by LGBTI Police Liaison Services: An Analysis of a Survey of LGBTIQ People in Australia

Dwyer, Angela, Bond, Christine, Ball, Matthew, Lee, Murray, Crofts, Thomas (2022) Support Provided by LGBTI Police Liaison Services: An Analysis of a Survey of LGBTIQ People in Australia. Police Quarterly, 25 (1), pp.33-58.
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Gay Dating Platforms, Crimes, and Harms in India: New Directions for Research and Theory

Sinha Roy, Rahul, Ball, Matthew (2022) Gay Dating Platforms, Crimes, and Harms in India: New Directions for Research and Theory. Women and Criminal Justice, 32 (1-2), pp.49-65.
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  • Professor Matthew Ball

    Deputy Director, Centre for Justice

    Matthew is an Associate Professor in the School of Justice, having joined the school in 2008. His research focuses on the intersections between sexuality, gender, and criminal justice. Matthew has established an international research profile in the field of Queer Criminology, having written and edited two foundational texts in the...