Faculty of Business and Law

School of Law

Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice (CRRLJ)

CRRLJ staff and fellows

Principal Research Fellow - Dr Lucinda Jordan

BA Melbourne, BAppSci (Psych) (Hons) RMIT, PhD (Criminology) Monash

Dr Lucinda Jordan

Lucinda is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice. She is currently working on a research project examining access to justice issues for women survivors of family violence in the Barwon-South West region. Lucinda recently completed her PhD in Criminology at Monash University. Her doctoral research explored young people’s experiences of homelessness, violence and policing. Her research highlighted the pervasive presence of violence and policing in homeless young people's lives, and demonstrated how these experiences undermines young people’s sense of belonging as citizens, and violates their own constructions of self and place in the world.
Lucinda has previously worked in research and social policy in the Victorian community sector where she conducted research examining the impact of welfare reform legislation on disadvantaged job-seekers and best practice approaches to youth and family homelessness. She has also worked in research at the Australian Institute for Primary Care and as a counsellor in the not-for-profit sector.


Research interests

  • Access to justice for rural, regional and marginalised communities
  • The policing of marginalised communities and constructions of deviance
  • Young people's negotiations of space, power and citizenship

Publications and conference presentations

  • Jordan, L & Farrell, J. (2013 Forthcoming). Juvenile Diversion in Victoria: A Blank Canvas? Current Issues in Criminal Justice.
  • Jordan, L. (2012) Spaces of Trauma: Young people, homelessness and violence, Youth Studies Australia 31 (4).
  • Coverdale, R., Jordan, L. & du Plessis, J. (Forthcoming). Providing legal services to rural and regional small business: Gaps and opportunities. Deakin Law Review.
  • Jordan, L. (2012). "I’m not sure what I feel more scared of, the cops or the people out there": Young people’s experiences of homelessness and policing in Melbourne. Parity, 25 (2).
  • 'Crime diversion schemes for young people in Victoria: A blank canvas?' Connect For: Improved Outcomes for Victoria’s Vulnerable Young People Conference, 25-26 June 2012, Melbourne Park Function Centre, Melbourne (Co-presented with James Farrell - School of Law, Deakin University).
  • 'Diversionary schemes and the Children’s Court: Issues for rural and regional Victoria' 2nd National Rural and Regional Law and Justice Conference, 18-20 May 2012, AAnuka Beach Resort, Coffs Harbour.


  • Alfred Felton Trust ($36,100) - Exploring women's experiences of accessing the Magistrate's Court for family violence matters in regional Victoria
  • Geelong Community Foundation ($25,000) - Examining access to justice issues for women and children survivors of family violence in the Geelong region
  • Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration (AIJA) ($4,000) - Scoping access to justice issues in the Magistrate's Court in rural and regional Australia

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18th February 2013