Professor Melissa Bull

Melissa Bull

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 main areas of research include drug regulation, policing diversity and the formation of security networks. Her current research projects include work that focuses on sentencing and drug law reform, as well as rethinking the idea of policing by strangers in differently organised states.


‘One of the most challenging and best things about research is the opportunity for surprising alliances with others who think differently about the things you are passionate about.


Research projects

Books by Melissa Bull

Punishment and sentencing: Risk, rehabilitation and restitution

Bull, Melissa (2010) Punishment and sentencing: Risk, rehabilitation and restitution

Governing the heroin trade: From treaties to treatment

Bull, M. (2008) Governing the heroin trade: From treaties to treatment
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Journal articles by Melissa Bull

Women and policing in the South Pacific

Bull, Melissa, Watson, Danielle, Amin, Sara, Carrington, Kerry (2021) Women and policing in the South Pacific: A pathway towards gender-inclusive organizational reform. Police Practice and Research, 22 (1), pp.389-408.
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Sentencing for social supply of illicit drugs in Australia

Bull, Melissa, Coomber, Ross, Moyle, Leah, Durnian, Lisa, O'Brien, Wendy (2021) Sentencing for social supply of illicit drugs in Australia. Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, (638).

Beyond the dark web: navigating the risks of cannabis supply over the surface web

Childs, Andrew, Bull, Melissa, Coomber, Ross (2021) Beyond the dark web: navigating the risks of cannabis supply over the surface web. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy.
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Policing and Gender Violence in Vanuatu

Bull, Melissa, George, Nicole (2021) Policing and Gender Violence in Vanuatu. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 10 (4), pp.239-261.
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Do online illicit drug market exchanges afford rationality?

Childs, Andrew, Coomber, Ross, Bull, Melissa (2020) Do online illicit drug market exchanges afford rationality?. Contemporary Drug Problems, 47 (4), pp.302-319.
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Evolving and Diversifying Selling Practices on Drug Cryptomarkets: An Exploration of Off-Platform “Direct Dealing”

Childs, Andrew, Coomber, Ross, Bull, Melissa, Barratt, Monica J. (2020) Evolving and Diversifying Selling Practices on Drug Cryptomarkets: An Exploration of Off-Platform “Direct Dealing”. Journal of Drug Issues, 50 (2), pp.173-190.
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Is Australia Ready for AI on the Bench?

Bolingford, Ilana, Bagaric, Mirko, Bull, Melissa, Hunter, Dan, Stobbs, Nigel (2020) Is Australia Ready for AI on the Bench?. Journal of Judicial Administration, 30 (1), pp.3-18.

The movement and translation of drug policy ideas: The case of ‘new recovery’

Thomas, Natalie, Bull, Melissa, Dioso-Villa, Rachel, Smith, Kate (2019) The movement and translation of drug policy ideas: The case of ‘new recovery’. International Journal of Drug Policy, 73, pp.72-80.
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Beyond faith: social marginalisation and the prevention of radicalisation among young Muslim Australians

Bull, Melissa, Rane, Halim (2019) Beyond faith: social marginalisation and the prevention of radicalisation among young Muslim Australians. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 12 (2), pp.273-297.
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The virtues of strangers? Policing gender violence in Pacific Island countries

Bull, Melissa, George, Nicole, Curth-Bibb, Jodie (2019) The virtues of strangers? Policing gender violence in Pacific Island countries. Policing and Society, 29 (2), pp.155-170.
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    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...