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Dr Michael Chataway
Faculty of Law,
School of Justice
Discipline *
Criminology, Law
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PhD (Griffith University), Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice with Honours (Griffith University)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Chair – Faculty of Law Equity Committee (2018 – Current)
  • Editorial Team – International Journal of Crime, Justice, and Social Democracy (2018 – 2020)
  • Researcher – Centre for Justice (Tier 1), Queensland University of Technology (2018 – Current)
  • Adjunct Research Fellow – Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University (2018 – Current)
  • Affiliated Researcher – Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC) (Tier 1), 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, Mobile Technology, Mobile Apps, QUT Centre for Justice

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


Dr. Michael Chataway is a lecturer and early career researcher in the School of Justice, Faculty of Creative Industries, Education, and Social Justice in Brisbane, Australia.  He is a chief investigator for the Centre for Justice, at QUT, and affiliated researcher with the Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC) at QUT.  Outside of QUT, he currently is an adjunct research fellow of the Griffith Criminology Institute at Griffith University, Australia.

Michael’s PhD dissertation examined how young people interpret and perceive crime and disorder within their everyday environments using mobile app technology.  Dr Chataway’s research has been published in a number of national and international journals including the Journal of Environmental Psychology, the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology , the Journal of Applied GeographyCity & Community and Victims & Offenders.  He has also recently published a book titled Space, Time, and Crime, which explores various developments in the study of spatio-temporal features of crime and offending. The latest edition, incorporates new insights from studies using technologies to map fear of crime, victimisation, and offending.

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.  Recently, Dr Chataway presented a webinar with Dr Reka Solymosi from the University of Manchester for academic, public, and private sector professionals on using app-based and sensing methods for social science research with Methods@Manchester and the UK Data Service.  Michael aims to extends this research interests in fear of crime and mobile apps to develop innovative strategies for reducing fear of crime using dynamic mobile sensors.  Late last year, Michael’s co-authored piece on using mobile apps for social science research for the London School of Economic’s Social Impact Blog was among the top 10 most read articles in the tools & technology category for 2019.

Michael’s current research aims to develop a better understanding of the victimisation experiences of emergency health responders (i.e., paramedics, frontline emergency workers) and their fear of victimisation.  In addition to this work, he is currently working with researchers at the University of Manchester and Griffith University to develop virtual reality vignettes to test responses to guardianship/bystander intervention in cases involving sexual harassment.  He also continues to work in the space of fear of crime research, and is currently piloting mobile SMS campaigns as a tool for reducing fear of crime with researchers at the University of Tampa, Florida (US)

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, and has undertaken past services as the First Year Experience Coordinator for the School of Justice, and Book Review Editor for the International Journal of Crime, Justice and Social Democracy.

This information has been contributed by Dr Michael Chataway.


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)
  • JSB273: Justice Research Methods

In addition to this teaching, Dr Chataway also guest lectures into

  • PYB215: Forensic Psychology and the Law (School of Psychology, QUT)
  • JSH419: Advanced Research Methods (Justice Honours Program)
  • Technology and Crime (New Elective unit TBO 2020)


This information has been contributed by Dr Michael Chataway.


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.

This information has been contributed by Dr Michael Chataway.



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
In 2018, I was appointed an honorary Adjunct Research Fellow of the Griffith Criminology Institute at ERA 5 research institute


Current supervisions