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Dr Richard Evans began his current role as Lecturer in Criminology at Deakin Waurn Ponds this year. He worked as a journalist for ten years, primarily in politics and legal affairs, before beginning an academic career. He has taught a wide range of subjects – from professional writing and media ethics, to European history and Australian studies, via policing and criminology – at six different universities. At once stage he was a casual lecturer or tutor in three different subjects at three universities, and is consequently extremely glad to have a full-time continuing position!
Richard has a passion for teaching, especially the challenge of engaging and exciting entry-level students. He believes that, approached with enthusiasm and imagination, first-year ‘Subject 101’ units can be interesting and enjoyable for staff and students alike. Techniques he employs include structuring lectures to follow a narrative arc rather than a ‘checklist’, using short, well-chosen multi-media to liven up dry topics, and to question things which seem obvious, natural or mundane. He also places great importance on making sure that off campus students feel included in teaching.
Current areas of research include wrongful convictions in criminal trials, the drugs-crime nexus and the role of police within social power structures. He is the author of several books, including The Pyjama Girl Mystery: A true story of murder, obsession and lies (Scribe, 2004) and Disasters that Changed Australia (MUP, 2009), and scholarly articles on crime and policing in Australian history. In 2008-09, he worked as a Research Fellow at Swinburne University on an ARC Linkage exploring the relationship between Victoria Police and the Australian Vietnamese community. Richard regularly speaks and chairs sessions at conferences, most recently at the ANZSOC annual conference which was hosted by Deakin.
Apart from his academic work, Richard contributes lyrics to Greg Champion’s segment on the Coodabeen Champions on ABC Radio during the football season. Five of his songs appear on the Greg Champion CD Fifty Fave Footy Ditties, 2010. He has been involved in community art projects, acting as curator of the Easter Stations of the Cross exhibition of contemporary Christian art, 2008-2010. He has an interest in Post Natal Depression, and has often spoken publicly about PND, including in the DVD Behind the Mask: The hidden struggle of parenthood, and helped raise seed funding for a supported playgroup for parents affected by PND. A committed Christian, Richard is a member of the Baptist Church.