Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology

The 24th Annual ANZSOC Conference - “Crime and the regions: from the local to regional, national and international”

Wednesday 28 September 2011 - Friday 30 September 2011

Welcoming reception Tuesday 27 September 2011

Venue: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Geelong Waterfront




The twenty fourth (24th) annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference (ANZSOC) will be held in Geelong, Victoria, Australia from 28 September to 30 September 2011 at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel located on the Geelong waterfront.

Delegates from across Australia and internationally will attend the conference and a one day postgraduate conference will be held on 27 September 2011.

The title for the conference is "Crime and the regions: from the local to regional, national and international" reflecting major issues affecting rural and regional Australia, the transformations occurring in major Australian and international capital cities, issues affecting the surrounding regions, the importance of these issues globally and how global developments shape and are shaped by local issues.

Conference Key Themes

Key themes underneath the conference are :

  • Understanding the intersections and relations between local, national and global issues
  • The capacity of different criminological theories to account for the social transformations occurring today across and between these dimensions
  • The growing use of new techniques of surveillance as central to governing
  • The increasingly blurred lines between civil and criminal procedures and offences
  • The growing interconnections between fields as diverse as financial regulation, road traffic regulation, 'anti-social behaviour', virtual worlds, environmental regulations, and liquor licensing and the consumption of alcohol.
  • The reconfiguration of notions of human, civil and political rights and the concept of privacy

This combination of themes will permit the widest range of participation by criminologists and allied professionals and practitioners across Australia and internationally

ANZSOC website.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Laureen Snider

Plenary - Criminalizing the Algorithm? Stock Market Crime in the 21st Century

Abstract - Criminalizing the Algorithm? Stock Market Crime in the 21st Century

Laureen Snider is a Professor of Sociology at Queen's University specializing in corporate crime, surveillance , and legal reform. Recent publications include "Framing E-Waste Regulation: The Obfuscating Role of Power", Criminology & Public Policy 9 (3); (2010); "Tracking Environmental Crime Through CEPA: Canada's Environment Cops or Industry's Best Friend?", with Suzanne Day and April Girard. Canadian Journal of Sociology, 35, (#2) (2010); "Regulating Competition in Canada", with Suzanne Day and Jordan Watters, Canadian Journal of Law & Society (2009); and "Accommodating Power: The 'Common Sense' of Regulators" (2008), Social & Legal Studies. 18 (3) (2009).
Forthcoming publications include: "The Challenges of Regulating Powerful Economic Actors", in James Gobert, ed., European Developments in Corporate Criminal Liability. Sage, 2011; "Why Reform Fails: The Sad Story of Stock Market Bubbles", Queen's Quarterly, 2011; "Surveillance, Capital and the Mega-Event", with Adam Molnar, in C. Bennett & K. Haggerty, eds., Surveillance Games, Routledge,; "The Conundrum of Financial Regulation", Annual Review of Law & Social Sciences, 2011; "The Technological Advantages of Stock Market Traders", in S. Handleman, Wills S, How They Got Away With It: White-Collar Crime and the Financial Meltdown. Columbia U Press, Forthcoming; and "The 'Great Unwatched' and the 'Lightly Touched': Surveillance and Stock Market Fraud", with A. Molnar, The Political Economy of Surveillance, Kirstie Ball & Laureen Snider, eds., forthcoming 2011 or 2012.

Dr Adam M Tomison

Abstract - Crimes against international students in Australia

Dr Tomison was appointed Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology in July 2009. He is internationally recognised as an expert in the field of child abuse, the prevention of child abuse and other family violence, and the development and operation of child protection and family support systems. An experienced public service executive, he has worked over the past two decades with a range of government, non-government organisations and advocacy groups focused on child protection and child abuse prevention in Australia and overseas.
From 2004 to 2008 he held various senior executive positions within the Northern Territory Department of Health and Families, including as Director of the Northern Territory's Family and Children's Services, and as the Department's inaugural Principal Child Protection Adviser in 2004. In 2006-07 Dr Tomison acted as the expert advisor (and Director of Policy and Research) for the 'Little Children are Sacred' NT Inquiry into the Protection of Aboriginal Children from Sexual Abuse.
From 1995-2004 he was a senior researcher at the Australian Institute of Family Studies, managing the National Child Protection Clearinghouse. Under his leadership, the Clearinghouse became a centre for excellence with a national and international reputation in the field of child abuse prevention and child protection. He subsequently developed a number of other national research and information units for the Institute, notably the Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault. Dr Tomison has made significant academic contributions to scholarly and applied research in the areas of child protection and violence prevention. In 2010 he was appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the Australian Catholic University and became a member of the Executive Council of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Professor Reece Walters

Abstract - Crime is in the Air - Pollution and Environmental Justice

Research Interests: Green and Critical Criminology, Crimes against the Environment, State and Corporate Crime, Sociology of Criminological Knowledge.
Professor Reece Walters research focuses on crimes of the powerful, notably the ways in which corporate and government officials abuse their authority for personal or political gain. He has published on the politics and governance of criminological knowledge and more recent work seeks to push existing criminological horizons to include notions of environmental harm and justice. In doing so, his research examines the political economy of water, air and food and how these essential ingredients for human and non-human life are constantly threatened and exploited by the harmful acts of governments and corporations.

Recent publications include:
Walters, R. (2010) 'Toxic Atmospheres: Air Pollution and the Politics of Regulation.', Critical Criminology - An International Journal. 18(4).
Walters, R. (2010) Eco-Crime and Genetically Modified Food. London:Routledge-Cavendish.
Walters, R. (2010) 'Environmental Crime' in Mooney, G. and Craoll, H. (eds) Crime and Justice in Scotland, London:Routledge.

Conference Organising Committee

Organising Committee Members

Associate Professor Darren Palmer
Conference Chair
Deakin University, Australia
Dr Ian Warren


Dr Darren Palmer
Associate Professor in Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Education
Deakin University
Pigdons Road
Waurn Ponds, 3217
Geelong VIC, Australia
Phone: +61 3 52272283

Terri-ann Varga
Conference and Seminars Officer (Research)
Faculty of Arts and Education
Deakin University, Burwood Campus,
221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Vic, 3125
Phone: +61 3 924 46824

Useful links

ANZSOC - Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Inc

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology

Crime, Justice and Social Democracy: An International Conference

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