Personal details

Dr Claire Ferguson
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Law,
School of Justice
Discipline *
Criminology, Law
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Doctor of Philosophy (Bond University), Master of Criminology (Bond University)

Professional memberships
and associations

Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Psychology), University of Western Ontario; Masters Degree (Criminology), Bond University; Philosophical Doctorate (Criminology), Bond University

Supervision Areas

Policing, crime scene staging, false reporting, crime reconstruction, criminal profiling, criminal investigation, criminal motivations, crime analysis, forensic victimology, forensic criminology, forensic science

Professional Activities

Homicide Research Working Group Member, 2014 to Present ANZSOC Member, 2013 to Present NSW Police Force Expert Referral Database Invited Member, 2012 to Present


homicide, forensic criminology, CJSDRC

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


Research Interests
Dr. Ferguson is a Lecturer, researcher and consultant in forensic criminology. Her doctorate (2011) was an analysis of staged crime scenes in homicide cases internationally. This project was the only systematic review of these types of cases at that time and was viewed with great esteem in the criminological community. Dr. Ferguson has been nominated for the many teaching awards by her students, including the¬† ‘UniJobs Lecturer of the Year’ award on two occasions. Along with teaching, she has also participated in several large scale research ventures involving teams of researchers, complex methodologies and competitive national grants. Two have led to significant policy implications in Queensland. Dr. Ferguson has worked as a researcher and Project Manager for the Australian Centre for Arson Research and Treatment (ACART), studying the use of arson in homicide cases. She is continuing her work on offender evidence manipulation in homicide cases, as well as other forms of violent crime.

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