Personal details

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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Identifiers and profiles
Twitter
Qualifications

PhD (University of Western Sydney)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Associate Editor – Australian Journal of Social Issues
  • Editorial Board Member, Current Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Member, Academic Advisory Committee, Circles of Support and Accountability evaluation, St Mary’s University, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Member, Research Advisory Panel, Bravehearts
  • Member, Restorative Practices International (Queensland)
  • Member, Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers
  • Member, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers
  • Member, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
  • Member, Asian Criminological Society
  • Member, Zig Zag Young Women’s Resource Centre Inc
  • Member, WWILD Sexual Violence Prevention Network
  • Member, Australian Collaborative Education Network
Keywords

Criminology, Restorative justice, Youth justice, Sexual offending, Circles of Support and Accountability, CJSDRC

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

Biography

Background Kelly holds a PhD and a BA (First Class Honours) in criminology from Western Sydney University (WSU), as well as a Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice from QUT. Prior to joining QUT in 2013, she worked as a sessional academic at WSU 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, complex research projects including research on: restorative justice;  youth justice; and reintegrating child sex offenders via Circles of Support and Accountability.

Research interests

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

Teaching

Dr Richards currently coordinates the following units:

  • JSH419 Honours Research Methods (semester 1)
  • JSB372 Youth Justice (semester 2)
  • JSB305 Professional Placement (semesters 1 and 2)
  • JSB306 (International Justice Study Tour) (semesters 1 and 2, and summer semester)

Dr Richards also guest lectures into a number of other units in the Bachelor of Justice, including JSB170 (Introduction to Criminology and Policing), JSB184 (Sex and Crimes) and JSB173 (Understanding the Criminal Justice System).

This information has been contributed by Dr Kelly Richards.

Experience

Invited and keynote presentations

 

Ellem, K. & Richards, K. (2019, forthcoming) Young people with cognitive disabilities and contact with the police. Queensland Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women, Brisbane, August.

 

Richards, K. (2019, forthcoming) Young people and Circles of Support and Accountability: Fostering desistance among young people who sexually offend. Queensland Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women, Brisbane, August.

 

Richards, K., & Ellem, K. (2019) Young people with cognitive disabilities and the police. Ipswich Disability Interagency Network, Ipswich, March.

 

Richards, K. (2018) Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA): Restorative justice, risk reduction and the views of the community and victim/survivors. Center for Restorative Justice, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, October.

 

Richards, K. (2018) Born this way? Public views about the causes of pedophilia and/or child sex offending. Griffith Criminology Institute Seminar Series, Brisbane, February.

 

Richards, K. (2017) Reintegrating sex offenders: Implications for parole. Presentation to the ACT Sentencing Administration Board, Canberra, September.

 

Richards, K. (2017) Born this way? Public views about the causes of pedophilia and/or child sex offending. QUT Seminar on Identifying, Understanding and Responding to Child Sex Offending, Brisbane, March.

 

Richards, K. (2016) Circles of Support and Accountability: Examining public opinion about causes of and responses to child sexual abuse. Children, young people and perceptions of sexual harm workshop, Sydney, November.

 

Richards, K. (2016) Keynote: Juvenile justice. Legal Studies Teachers conference, Queensland Parliament, Brisbane, April.

 

Cross, C. & Richards, K. (2016) An evaluation of the effectiveness of Police-Citizens Youth Clubs on crime prevention and community safety. Invited presentation to Youth Justice, Department of Justice and Attorney-General, Brisbane, March.

 

Richards, K. (2015) Public support for Circles of Support and Accountability in Australia. Annual Brisbane Psychology and Law Symposium, University of Queensland, Brisbane, October.

 

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

 

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. (2011) Circles of Support and Accountability. Australian Institute of Criminology Occasional Seminar. Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra, March

 

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

 

Richards, K. & McCartan, K. (2018) Indigenous individuals on intensive community supervision in Townsville, Queensland. Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers conference, Vancouver, October.

 

Richards, K. & Ellem, K. (2017) Young people with cognitive disabilities and the police: Service provider perspectives. Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability conference, Hobart, December.

 

Read, V., Wood, L., Lin, S., Richards, K., & Goodwin-Smith, I. (2017) Youth Voices workshop, co-hosted with Complexability, Anglicare Southern Queensland, Anglicare NSW West, NSW South and ACT, and Flinders University, Brisbane, 23-24 October.

 

Richards, K. & McCartan, K. (2017) Public views about Circles of Support and Accountability: A qualitative analysis. Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers conference, Kansas City, MI, October.

 

Richards, K. (2017) Born this way? Public views about the causes of pedophilia and/or child sex offending. Crime and Justice in Asia and the Global South conference, Cairns, July.

 

Bartels, L., Ewing, B. & Richards, K. (2017) Learning Together: Bringing students and prisoners together to learn in a prison environment. International Australasian Corrections Education Association Conference, Canberra, October.

 

Bartels, L., Ewing, E. & Richards, K. (2017) Learning Together: Australia’s moves to bring students and prisoners together to learn in a prison environment. British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Sheffield, July.

 

Bartels, L., Ewing, B. & Richards, K. (2017) Learning Together: Bringing students and prisoners together to learn in a prison environment. Reintegration Puzzle Conference, Sydney, June.

 

Richards, K. (2016) An update on Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA) and COSA research in Australia. Presentation to the Minnesota Department of Corrections, St Paul, MN, November.

 

Cross, C. and Richards, K. (2016) “I wasn’t expecting anything anymore”: The challenges of reporting online fraud in Australia. Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology conference, Hobart, November.

 

Cross, C. and Richards, K. (2016) The reporting and support needs of online fraud victims: An Australian case study. American Society of Criminology conference, New Orleans, November.

 

Richards, K. (2016) Police perceptions of young people: A qualitative analysis. American Society of Criminology conference, New Orleans, November.

 

Richards, K., Cross, C. and Dwyer, A. (2016) Police perceptions of young people: A qualitative analysis. 2nd Australasian Youth Justice conference, Brisbane, September.

 

Cross, C., Dwyer, A., and Richards, K. (2016) Evaluating the crime prevention and community safety benefits of Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYCs) across Queensland. 2nd Australasian Youth Justice conference, Brisbane, September.

 

Richards, K. (2015) ‘A noose would be a whole lot cheaper’: Public support for Circles of Support and Accountability in Australia. Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology conference, Adelaide, November.

 

Cross, C. & Richards, K. (2015) The ACA effect: The role of current affairs programs in creating unrealistic victim understandings of and responses to online fraud. Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology conference, Adelaide, November.

 

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) An examination of the rise and rise of offender ‘accountability’ in contemporary penality. European Society of Criminology conference, Porto, Portugal, 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 conceptualisation 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. (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

This information has been contributed by Dr Kelly Richards.

Publications

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