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Professor Melissa Bull
Faculty of Law,
School of Justice
Discipline *
Criminology, Law
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Doctor of Philosophy (Griffith University)

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Editorial Board Member, Policing and Society:  An International Journal (2013-2018)

Reviewer, Australian Research Council competitive grant program in the fields of policing and drug regulation

Reviewer, European Social Research Council competitive grant program in the field of policing and international policing





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


Professor Melissa Bull joined QUT School of Justice as Director, Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Research Centre 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 two main areas of research include drug regulation and policing diversity.  Her current research projects include work that focuses on harm reduction and drug law reform in China and Australia, as well as a project with colleagues from the University of Queensland that explores new ways of thinking about policing in Pacific Island states.

Melissa has published widely on drug regulation and drug control, sentencing and punishment, long term immigration detention, community policing and diversity, counter terrorism narratives and prevention programs, and gender violence in Pacific island states


This information has been contributed by Professor Melissa Bull.