Personal details

Dr Michael Chataway
Faculty of Law,
School of Justice
Discipline *
Criminology, Law
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Identifiers and profiles

PhD (Griffith University), Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice with Honours (Griffith University)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Researcher – Crime, Justice, and Social Democracy Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology (2018 – Current)
  • Adjunct Research Fellow – Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University (2018 – Current)
  • Affiliated Researcher – Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC), Queensland University of Technology (2018 – Current)
  • Member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (2018 – Current)

Fear of Crime, Attitudinal Research, Social Psychology, Sense of Place and Place Dynamics, Social Geography, CJSDRC

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


Background: Dr Chataway holds a PhD from Griffith University and Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology and Criminal Justice Hons Class 1.  His PhD Dissertation titled: Fear of Crime in Time and Place: Developing and Testing a New Momentary Model of Victimisation Worry examined how young people interpret and perceive crime and disorder within their everyday environments.  In 2018 his doctoral dissertation was awarded an Excellence in Research Award from the Dean of the Griffith University Graduate Research School.  This award recognises  significant contributions to a field of research, and is only awarded to students who have received no revisions for their thesis.   In addition to his theoretical contributions to the fear of crime literature, Michael is among a handful of researchers in the world currently using mobile apps to collect context-dependent information on fear of crime and victimisation risk.   His research has been published in national and international journals including the Journal of Environmental Psychology, the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, and the Journal of Applied Geography. Michael’s mobile app research and projects with colleagues have also been featured by ABC Radio – Gold Coast, The Brisbane Times, and the Gold Coast Bulletin.  His other research interests include: social geography, social and environmental psychology, attitudinal research, and innovative research methods.  His future work aims to integrate these research interests to develop innovative strategies for reducing fear of crime using dynamic mobile sensors.  In addition to these research interests, Michael also undertakes various roles within the School of Justice and Faculty of Law.  He is the Chair of the Faculty of Law Equity Committee, First Year Experience Coordinator for the School of Justice, and Book Review Editor for the International Journal of Crime, Justice and Social Democracy.

Research Interests:

  • Fear of Crime
  • Social Geography
  • Attitudinal Research
  • Ecological Momentary Assessments
  • Neighbourhood and Place Dynamics
  • Sense of Place
  • Social Psychology

Selected Journal Publications:

  1. Chataway, M. L., & Hart, T. C. (in press).  A Social-Psychological Process of “Fear of Crime” for Men and Women: Revisiting Gender Differences from a New Perspective.  Victims & Offenders.
  2. Chataway, M. L., & Hart, T. C. (2017). Crime prevention and reduction programs: How does knowing about community initiatives moderate attitudes towards criminal victimisation? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 0. doi: 10.1177/0004865817717055
  3. Chataway, M. L., & Hart, T. C., Coomber, R., & Bond, C. (2017).  The geography of crime fear: A pilot study exploring event-based perceptions of risk using mobile technology.  Journal of Applied Geography, 86. 
  4. Chataway, M. L., & Hart, T. C. (2016).  (Re)Assessing contemporary ‘fear of crime’ measures in and Australian context.  Journal of Environmental Psychology.
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Dr Chataway has taught a number of courses in psychology and criminology, he has particular teaching interests and experience in the following:

  • Psychological Explanations for Crime
  • Statistics for Social Sciences
  • Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis
  • Forensic Psychology

He is currently the Unit Coordinator for the following units offered by the School of Justice:-

  • JSB174: Forensic Psychology and the Law
  • JSB264: Statistical Methods for Justice Professionals (new elective unit TBO in 2019)
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In addition to his innovative work using mobile technology to capture context-dependent fear of crime, Dr Chataway has also assisted in a number of other projects around community perceptions of crime and innovative policing models. In particular, Michael is a co-author of the 2014 Gold Coast Community Survey, the first survey of it’s kind to measure Gold Coast residents perceptions of crime and victimisation risk.  This study collected data from 713 Gold Coast residents about their feelings towards particular types of crime and their perceptions of their neighbourhoods.  Results of this survey have provided a solid foundation for Dr Chataway to continue his interest in improving community safety and reducing fear of crime.  In 2018, he will endeavour to develop the first known study designed to reduce fear of crime using dynamic mobile sensing technologies built into smartphones. In addition to this innovative work, Michael is also piloting new measures of sense of place within the neighbourhood environment in order to better understand how social meanings attached to particular locations may influence fear of crime and perceptions of victimisation threat. Michael currently consults on research projects assessing crime and fear of crime within the community and large statistical evaluations.  You can contact Michael via email: for enquiries about his research and/or future supervision at the honours or postgraduate level.

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Awards and recognition

Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
Academic Excellence in Research awarded by the Dean Griffith Graduate Research School
Reference year
Adjunct Research Fellow