Personal details

Name
Associate Professor Kelly Richards
Position(s)
Associate Professor
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, Queensland Government Child Death Case Review Panel
  • Queensland Representative, After Prison Network
  • Member, Academic Advisory Committee, Circles of Support and Accountability evaluation, St Mary’s University, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Member, Research Advisory Panel, Bravehearts Foundation
  • Committee 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, QUT Centre for Justice

* 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. In 2010 she was named ACT Government Office for Women Audrey Fagan Churchill Fellow, and in 2020 she was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award.

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 Associate Professor Kelly Richards.

Teaching

Associate Professor Richards currently coordinates the following units:

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

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

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Kelly Richards.

Experience

Invited and keynote presentations

Richards, K. (2020) Keynote: Circles of Support and Accountability and identity transformation among sexual offenders. 5th Perth Symposium on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, Perth, 10 June

Richards, K. (2020) Keynote: Desistance narratives of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander men who have sexually offended. 5th Perth Symposium on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, Perth, 11 June

Richards, K. (2020) Context and effective reintegration. Context matters symposium, Sexual Violence Research and Prevention Unit, University of the Sunshine Coast, Mooloolaba, 7 April

Richards, K. (2020) Keynote: Justice that restores for sexual offenders. Queensland State Chaplaincy Board for Corrections Annual In-Service Training Conference, Brisbane, 16 March

Richards, K. (2020) Towards redemption: Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander men’s narratives of desistance from sexual offending. Centre for Social Research & Methods, Australian National University, Canberra, 25 February

Richards, K. & Death, J. (2019) Community-based approaches to reintegrating individuals who have sexually offended. QUT Roundtable on community-based approaches to reintegrating individuals who have sexually offended, Brisbane, December.

Richards, K. (2019) The role of Circles of Support and Accountability in desistance from sexual offending. CoSA Fresno Community Circle, Fresno, California, November.

Richards, K. (2019) Desistance from sexual offending and identity transformation: The role of Circles of Support and Accountability. CoSA Fresno Board, Fresno, California, November.

Richards, K. (2019) Reintegrating people who have sexually offended via Circles of Support and Accountability. QUT Women In Research showcase, Brisbane, October.

Richards, K. (2019) Keynote: Towards desistance from sexual offending: Using Circles of Support and Accountability to reintegrate people who have sexually offended. Queensland Police Service Taskforce Argos’ Youth, Technology and Virtual Communities conference, Gold Coast, August.

Ellem, K. & Richards, K. (2019) Young people with cognitive disabilities and contact with the police. 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. (2019) Identity transformation and desistance among people who have sexually offended: The role of Circles of Support and Accountability. Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers conference, Atlanta, November.

Richards, K. & Death, J. (2019) Victim/survivor views about sex offender reintegration and Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA). Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers conference, Atlanta, November.

Ronken, C., McCartan, K., Richards, K. & Death, J. (2019) Victims’ perspectives of sexual abuse, perpetrators and their management. Australian and New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers conference, July, Brisbane.

Richards, K. & Death, J. (2019) The role of culture in identity transformation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men who have sexually offended. Crime, Justice and Social Democracy conference, Gold Coast, July.

Richards, K. & Death, J. (2019) The role of culture in identity transformation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men who have sexually offended: Findings from a cultural mentoring reintegration program. Reintegration Puzzle conference, Darwin, June.

Ronken, C. & Richards, K. (2019) Reintegrating sexual offenders: Exploring the views of victims/survivors. Reintegration Puzzle conference, Darwin, June.

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 Associate Professor Kelly Richards.

Publications

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