Staff profile - Darren Palmer

AsPr Darren Palmer

Position: Associate Professor Of Criminology
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SHSS Arts & Ed
Campus: Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Phone: +61 3 522 72283 +61 3 522 72283



  • Bachelor of Arts, La Trobe University, 1984
  • Master of Arts (Criminological Studies), La Trobe University, 1992
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Griffith University, 2005

Career highlights


Chair, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Geelong, September



Deakin University Vice Chancellor’s Awards for Outstanding Contribution to ‘Community Partnerships’ (with Dr Peter Miller)



Winner, Geelong Smartnetwork Researcher of the Year category 'Safer Communities' (with Peter Miller)

Highly Commended, Researcher of the Year: Dr Peter Miller and Dr Darren Palmer.



Chair, the Geelong Drug Action Plan Committee, winner in one of the four categories of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Awards for Excellence in Alcohol Management and finalist in the National Award.



Premiers Gold Award in the 2007 Victorian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards, local government-based collaboration.


Member of the ANZ Society of Criminology

Professional activities

He has also been involved in a number of university and community activities, including:

  • Executive Committee, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, Victorian representative (November 2009- current)
  • member of the Geelong Local Safety Committee (2005 - current

  • Chairperson, Geelong Drug Action Plan Committee (2009 - current)
  • member of the Safer Cities and Shires Senior Management Team, Geelong (1999-2001)
  • founding member of a Police Community Consultative Committee;
  • elected member of the State Committee of the Victorian Council for Civil Liberties;
  • co-convenor of several conferences and seminars, including Zero Tolerance: a community appraisal (June, 1999); National Crime Autority/Civil Liberties Conference Liberty, Law Enforcement and Accountability (1994); Australian Law and Society Conference (1992);
  • editor of the Socio-Legal Bulletin;

  • Founding member, Quality of Life research centre (Deakin University, 1999-);
  • elected member of the National Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (1992-5);
  • Editorial Committee, Alternative Law Journal 1992-7);
  • Member of Editorial committee of the international journal Crime Prevention and Community Safety (1998-)
  • Past member of the editorial committee of Police Practice and Research: An International Journal


He has been involved in a number of funded research programs including:

  • civil litigation against Australian police

  • an examination of police historical records (London);

  • crime reparation/victim-offender mediation (Queensland);

  • Private prosecutions:

  • national evaluation of crime prevention programs in Australia;

  • Public attitudes to police, crime and safety in rural Victoria;

  • Police-Youth Initiatives in Victoria

Professional Associations

  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (1988-)

  • Criminal Justice History Research Unit, Griffith University (1994-)

Higher Degree by Research Examiner
He has examined HDR and Honours theses from the University of Melbourne, Monash Universty, RMIT, Griffith University and Deakin University


Knowledge areas




Policing histories

Crime in the late night economy

Media appearances

He has appeared on a range of current affairs televisions and radio programs and has written Opinion articles for The Age and The Geelong Advertiser.

He recently wrote on Opinion article for the Hong Kong Harbour Times.

(print and online, translated into Mandarin)


Awards and prizes

2009 Winner of the Geelong Smartnetwork Researcher of the Year category 'Safer Communities'(with Peter Miller)
2009 Highly Commended, Researcher of the Year: Dr Peter Miller and Dr Darren Palmer.

2007 Academic member of City of Greater Geelong Winner of the Premiers Gold Award in the 2007 Victorian Crime and Violence. Prevention Awards


Research projects

Current funded research of approximately $900,000 examining a variety of topics including:

  • evaluation of the Safe Parties program (examining the extent of unruly parties and interventions seeking to enhance party safety)
  • evaluation of interventions addressing alcohol and violence in the night-time economy;
  • the use of 'new' technology in the night-time economy with an emphasis on ID scanners;
  • Australian Sudanese immigrants and their perceptions and experience of criminal justice;
  • rural and regional justice

Research interests

He has published widely in a number of areas and is a leading radio and television expert commentator on policing and criminal justice issues.

His current research interests include:
* Criminology and surveillance

  • Policing and criminal justice histories;

* The professionalization of police practice;
* Police education;
* Police memorials;
* Police pursuits;
* Changing forms of policing and security in Australia and internationally;
* The impact of terrorism on policing;
* Policing accountability;
* Managerialism;
* Governmentality; and
* Prisoner access to tertiary study.

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