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Dr Kelly Richards

Faculty of Law,
School of Justice

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Name
Dr Kelly Richards
Position(s)
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Law,
School of Justice
Discipline *
Criminology
Phone
+61 7 3138 7125
Fax
+61 7 3138 7123
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD (University of Western Sydney)

Professional memberships
and associations
Keywords

Criminology, Restorative justice, Youth justice, Sexual violence, Human trafficking, Circles of Support and Accountability, Research methodology, Online fraud victimisation, Impacts of new age and self-help movements on criminal justice

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Background Kelly holds a PhD and a BA (Honours) in criminology from the University of Western Sydney (UWS). Prior to joining QUT in 2013, she worked as a sessional academic at UWS and Sydney University, and in the nongovernment and government sectors, including five years as a senior researcher at the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC).  From 2008 – 2012, Kelly was a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Restorative Justice at the Australian National University.

 

Recent research Kelly has conducted numerous research projects on a broad range of criminological topics, including: the emergence and ascendancy of restorative justice; cyber crime against businesses; Aboriginal community night patrols; young people’s contact with the criminal justice system; young people, bail and remand; sexual assault law reform; human trafficking; crime prevention and Indigenous young people; trends in youth detention; and reintegrating child sex offenders via Circles of Support and Accountability. In her role at the AIC, Kelly managed the national Juveniles in Detention Monitoring Program and developed national principles for the measurement of youth recidivism.  Kelly’s research is currently focused on crime prevention and community safety, young people, online fraud and the influence of new age and self help movements on the criminal justice system. Kelly is the co-editor (with Lorana Bartels) of Qualitative Criminology: Stories from the Field (Federation Press). In 2010, she was awarded the ACT Government Office for Women Audrey Fagan Churchill Fellowship to research Circles of Support and Accountability in Canada, the USA and the UK.

 

Research interests

  • youth justice
  • restorative justice
  • sexual violence
  • human trafficking
  • Circles of Support and Accountability
  • Online fraud victimisation
This information has been contributed by Dr Kelly Richards.

Teaching

  • JSB273 Crime Research Methods
  • JSB419 Honours Research Methods
  • JSN172 Applied Data Analysis Techniques for Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • JSB173 Understanding the Criminal Justice System
This information has been contributed by Dr Kelly Richards.

Experience

Invited and keynote presentations

Richards, K. (2015) Restorative justice, risk, and Circles of Support and Accountability. Centre for the Study of Science, Religion and Society, University of Queensland, Brisbane, August.

Cross, C., Dwyer, A. & Richards, K. (2015) An evaluation of the effectiveness of Police-Citizens Youth Clubs on crime prevention and community safety. Annual Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Welfare Association conference, Gold Coast, April.

Bartels, L, McGovern, A. and Richards, K. (2014) Teaching criminology: Current issues. Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology conference, Sydney, October

Richards, K. (2014) Keynote address: Key challenges for the future of youth justice in Australia. The Future For Young Australians: Beyond 2014 conference, Melbourne, April

Cross, C, Dwyer, A. and Richards, K. (2014) Never work with animals or children: Lessons from researching in outback Queensland, Queensland University of Technology School of Justice Seminar Series, Brisbane, May

Richards, K. (2013) Circles of Support and Accountability: Potential benefits and dangers. Restorative justice beyond the mainstream seminar, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, November

Richards, K. (2013) Destabilising ‘diversion’: Doing nothing (and doing something) about youth offending. Whose justice? Contested approaches to crime and conflict seminar, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, September  

Richards, K. (2013) The facts about youth offending. Expert panel to discuss youth justice. Queensland Parliament, Brisbane, May

Hutchinson, T., Richards, K. and Wight, J. (2013) Young people and boot camps. Queensland University of Technology Crime and Justice Research Centre Symposium, Brisbane, March

 

 

 

Richards, K. (2011) Circles of Support and Accountability: Lessons from the USA, Canada and the UK. Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Canberra, March

Richards, K. (2011) Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA): An innovative measure for protecting Australia’s children? Children: A resource most precious conference, Perth, November

Richards, K. (2011) Youth justice conferencing seminar: Principles of restorative justice. Sydney University Law School Events, Sydney, October

Richards, K., Rosevear, L. and Gilbert, R. (2011) Promising interventions for reducing offending by Indigenous juveniles. NSW Aboriginal juvenile justice staff conference, Sydney, October

Richards, K. (2011) Keynote address: Developing research into the policy process: A case study of measuring juvenile recidivism in Australia. Policy development, implementation and evaluation conference, Canberra, September 

Richards, K., Rosevear, L. and Gilbert, R. (2011) Promising interventions for reducing offending by Indigenous juveniles. Indigenous Justice Forum, Perth, May

Richards, K. (2011) Circles of Support and Accountability: Lessons from the USA, Canada and the UK. Presentation to the Interagency Public Protection Committee, Perth, May

Richards, K. (2009) Keynote address: The Australian Business Assessment of Computer User Security (ABACUS): A national survey. Australian Federal Police High Tech Crime conference, Sydney, June

 

Other presentations

 Dragiewicz, M., Cross, C. & Richards, K. (2015) Psychological abuse: Insights from emerging research on romance fraud and domestic violence. European Domestic Violence conference, Belfast, September.

Richards, K. (2015) ‘Turning over a new leaf’? Offender “accountability” in contemporary penality. Queensland University of Technology Crime, Justice and Social Democracy conference, Brisbane, July.

Cross, C. & Richards, K. (2015) “But you gave it away…”: Experiences of victims reporting online fraud to police. Centre for Counter Fraud Studies conference, Portsmouth, June.

Lyneham, S. & Richards, K. (2015) Broadening the conceptualiastion of human trafficking in Australia: The problem of marriage trafficking and how to respond. Inaugural Asia-Pacific Conference on Gendered Violence and Violations, Sydney, February.

Richards, K. (2014) Does rape happen for a reason? A critical examination of the impacts of new age truth claims on victims of violence. Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology conference, Sydney, October

Lyneham, S. & Richards, K. (2014). Bride traffic: Challenging assumptions about human trafficking to Australia. Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology conference, Sydney, October  

Richards, K. (2014) Does rape happen for a reason? A critical examination of the impacts of new age truth claims on victims of violence. British Society of Criminology conference, Liverpool, England, July

Cross, C, Dwyer, A. and Richards, K. (2014) “You’ll only need three days”: Lessons learned doing research in Indigenous communities, World Indigenous Legal Conference, Brisbane, June

Richards, K. (2013) Does rape happen for a reason? A critical examination of the impacts of new age truth claims on victims of violence. American Society of Criminology conference, Atlanta, Georgia, November

Cross, C, Dwyer, A. and Richards, K. (2013) Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Police Citizen Youth Clubs on Crime Prevention and Community Safety Queensland Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association conference, Gold Coast, October

McGovern, A., Bartels, L. and Richards, K. (2013) Degrees of difference? A preliminary study into the composition of ‘criminology’ degrees in Australia. Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology conference, Brisbane, September

Richards, K. and Lyneham, S. (2013) Delilah’s story: An empirical case study demonstrating the role of partner migration in human trafficking into Australia. Queensland University of Technology Crime, Justice and Social Democracy conference, Brisbane, July

Carrington, K., Dwyer, A., Richards, K., Hutchinson, T. and Bessant, J. (2013) Reimagining youth justice. Queensland University of Technology Crime, Justice and Social Democracy conference, Brisbane, July

Cross, C, Dwyer, A. and Richards, K. (2013) Proposed Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Police Citizen Youth Clubs on Crime Prevention and Community Safety Queensland University of Technology Crime, Justice and Social Democracy conference, Brisbane, July

Richards, K. and Renshaw, L. (2013) Bail and remand for juveniles in Australia: Key findings from a national research project. Australasian Youth Justice conference, Canberra, May

Hutchinson, T. and Richards, K. (2013) Scared straight: Boot camps for young people. Australasian Youth Justice conference, Canberra, May

Dwyer, A. and Richards, K. (2013) Unspeakably present: The (un)acknowledgement of diverse sexuality and gender human rights in policing young people in Australia. Australasian Youth Justice conference, Canberra, May

Dwyer, A. and Richards, K. (2013) Unspeakably present: The (un)acknowledgement of diverse sexuality and gender human rights in policing young people in Australia. Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security conference, Canberra, April

Richards, K. and Renshaw, L. (2012) Bail and remand for juveniles in Australia: Key findings from a national research project. Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology conference, Auckland, New Zealand, November

Stewart, J. and Richards, K. (2012) Where’s the logic? Assessing the program logic for four Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth crime prevention, early intervention and diversion programs. Doing justice for young people – Issues and challenges for judicial administration in Australia and New Zealand conference, Brisbane, August

Richards, K. and Renshaw, L. (2012) Bail and remand for juveniles in Australia: Key findings from a national research project. Doing justice for young people – Issues and challenges for judicial administration in Australia and New Zealand conference, Brisbane, August

Bartels, L. and Richards, K. (2012) Talking the talk: Therapeutic jurisprudence, restorative justice and oral competence. Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology conference, Hobart, July

Richards, K. (2011) What makes juvenile offenders different from adult offenders? Young people, risk and resilience: The challenges of drugs and alcohol conference, Melbourne, March

David, F., Richards, K. and Gray-Barry S, (2011) Information sessions on trafficking in persons: Recent research and approaches to tackling it. A series of forums for non-experts, Perth and Kalgoorlie, June

Gray-Barry, S. and Richards, K. (2011) The role of marriage in human trafficking-related exploitation of migrant women. Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology conference, Geelong, September

Richards, K. (2011) Circles of Support and Accountability: Lessons from the USA, Canada and the UK. Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology conference, Cairns, July

Richards, K. (2011) Trends in juvenile detention in Australia, 1981 – 2008. Bimberi Juvenile Detention Centre Review Forum, Canberra, March

Richards, K. (2010) Measuring juvenile recidivism in Australia: Challenges and ways forward. Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology conference, Alice Springs, September

Richards, K. (2010) Trends in juvenile detention in Australia. Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology conference, Sydney, July

Lyneham, M. and Richards, K. (2010) A snapshot of young people in the Australian Capital Territory. Crime Prevention Forum, Australian Capital Territory Department of Justice and Community Safety, Canberra, May

Richards, K. (2010) Circles of Support and Accountability. Australian Institute of Criminology Occasional Seminar. Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra, March

Richards, K. (2009) Negotiating power and access and being called ‘kid’: Conducting qualitative interviews in criminological research. Regulatory Institutions Network seminar, Australian National University, Canberra, October

Richards, K., Dearden, J. and Tomison, A. (2009) Child homicide victims in Australia: An overview. Children and the Law conference, Prato, Italy, September

Richards, K. (2009) The Australian Business Assessment of Computer User Security (ABACUS): A national survey. Australian Federal Police High Tech Crime conference, Sydney, June

Richards, K. (2009) Promise or practice? The past, present and future of restorative justice for Indigenous juveniles. Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology conference, Melbourne, July

Richards, K. (2009) Restorative justice in Australia: An overview. Australian Institute of Criminology address to delegation from Tai Pei University, Canberra, February

Richards, K. (2009) Juvenile justice in Australia: An overview. Australian Institute of Criminology address to delegation of Swedish Parliamentarians, Canberra, January

Richards, K. (2008) Cyber crimes against Australian businesses: A national survey. Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology conference, Canberra, November

Richards, K. (2006) Not directly to blame? Considering the role of parental responsibility in the emergence of restorative practices for juveniles. New frontiers in restorative justice conference, Auckland, New Zealand, December

Richards, K. (2006) Negotiating power and access and being called ‘kid’: Interviewing elites in criminological research. University of Western Sydney Postgraduate Colloquium, Campbelltown, November

Richards, K. (2005) Not directly to blame? Considering the role of parental responsibility in the emergence of restorative justice. Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology conference, Wellington, New Zealand, February

Richards, K. (2005) Exploring the history of the restorative justice movement. Fifth International Conference on Conferencing and Circles, Vancouver, Canada, August

Richards, K. (2003) What’s Oprah Winfrey got to do with it? The rise and rise of restorative justice. Annual conference of The Australian Sociological Association, Armidale, December

Richards, K. (2003) What’s Oprah Winfrey got to do with it? The rise and rise of restorative justice. Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology conference, Sydney, October

 

Service

  • ACT Representative – Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, 2009-2011
  • Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Representative – Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, 2011-2013
  • Member – Advisory Group for the review of youth justice legislation in NSW, 2011
  • Member – Expert panel to develop youth justice blueprint in ACT, 2012
This information has been contributed by Dr Kelly Richards.

Publications

For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.