A/Prof. Darren Palmer



Associate Professor Of Criminology


Faculty of Arts and Education


SHSS Arts & Ed


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus


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


+61 3 522 72283

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.

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.

Knowledge areas




Policing histories

Crime in the late night economy

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

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)



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


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


Filter by


Southern criminology, zonal banning and the language of urban crime prevention

I Warren, D Palmer

(2018), Vol. 1, pp. 183-201, The Palgrave handbook of criminology and the global south, Cham, Switzerland, B1


Key stakeholder perspectives of drink restrictions in Newcastle, Australia

A Curtis, P Miller, D Palmer, I Warren, E McFarlane, K Hudson

(2017), Vol. 25, pp. 163-167, Addiction research and theory, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Effectiveness of community-based interventions for reducing alcohol-related harm in two metropolitan and two regional sites in Victoria, Australia

A Curtis, K Coomber, N Droste, S Hyder, D Palmer, P Miller

(2017), Vol. 36, pp. 359-368, Drug and alcohol review, London, Eng., C1


Crime prevention, dataveillance, and the regulation of information communication technologies

D Palmer, I Warren, P Miller

(2017), pp. 1-11, Encyclopedia of social network analysis and mining, New York, N.Y., B1


Correlates and motives of pre-drinking with intoxication and harm around licensed venues in two cities

P Miller, N Droste, F de Groot, D Palmer, J Tindall, L Busija, S Hyder, K Gilham, J Wiggers

(2016), Vol. 35, pp. 177-186, Drug alcohol review, Chichester, Eng., C1


'The ones that turn up are the ones that are responsible': Key stakeholders perspectives on liquor accords

A Curtis, P Miller, N Droste, E McFarlane, F Martino, D Palmer

(2016), Vol. 35, pp. 273-279, Drug Alcohol Rev, Australia, C1


The mythical properties of police body-worn cameras: A solution in the search of a problem

D Palmer

(2016), Vol. 14, pp. 138-144, Surveillance & society, [University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Eng.], C1


Patron banning in the nightlife entertainment districts: a key informant perspective

P Miller, A Curtis, D Palmer, I Warren, E McFarlane

(2016), Vol. 77, pp. 606-611, Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs, New Brunswick, N.J., C1


The 'Security of Security': making up the Australian intelligence community 1975-2015

D Palmer, I Warren

(2016), pp. 177-198, National security, surveillance and terror : Canada and Australia in comparative perspective, Basingstoke, Eng., B1


Interrogating national security, surveillance, and terror in Canada and Australia

K Walby, R Lippert, I Warren, D Palmer

(2016), pp. 1-22, National security, surveillance and terror: Canada and Australia in comparative perspective, Cham, Switzerland, B1


Illicit drug use and experience of harm in the night-time economy

P Miller, N Droste, F Martino, D Palmer, J Tindall, K Gillham, J Wiggers

(2015), Vol. 20, pp. 274-281, Journal of substance use, London, Eng., C1


Global criminology

I Warren, D Palmer

(2015), Rozelle, N.S.W., A1


Alcohol-related crime in city entertainment precincts: Public perception and experience of alcohol-related crime and support for strategies to reduce such crime

J Tindall, D Groombridge, J Wiggers, K Gillham, D Palmer, T Clinton-McHarg, C Lecathelinais, P Miller

(2015), Vol. Early view, pp. 1-10, Drug and alcohol review, Oxfordshire, Eng., C1


ID scanners and überveillance in the night-time economy: crime prevention or invasion of privacy?

D Palmer, I Warren, P Miller

(2014), Vol. 3, pp. 208-225, Uberveillance and the social implications of microchip implants: emerging technologies, Hershey Pa., B1-1


Surveillance, Governance and Professional Sport

I Warren, D Palmer, C Whelan

(2014), Vol. 11, pp. 439-453, Surveillance & Society, Kingston, Ontario, C1


Changes in injury-related hospital emergency department presentations associated with the imposition of regulatory versus voluntary licensing conditions on licensed venues in two cities

P Miller, A Curtis, D Palmer, L Busija, J Tindall, N Droste, K Gillham, K Coomber, J Wiggers

(2014), Vol. In Press, pp. 314-322, Drug and Alcohol Review, London, Eng., C1


Policing and networks in the field of counterterrorism

D Palmer, C Whelan

(2014), pp. 145-166, Examining political violence: studies of terrorism, counterterrorism, and internal war, Boca Raton, Fla., B1


The pursuit of exclusion through zonal banning

D Palmer, I Warren

(2014), Vol. 47, pp. 429-446, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, Australia, C1


Corporate security, licensing and civil accountability in the Australian night-time economy

I Warren, D Palmer

(2014), pp. 174-195, Corporate security in the 21st century: theory and practice in international perspective, New York, NY, B1


Key stakeholder views of venue lockouts in Newcastle and Geelong

P Miller, D Palmer, E McFarlane, A Curtis

(2014), Vol. 16, pp. 38-53, Crime prevention and community safety, Basingstoke, England, C1


A comparative study of blood alcohol concentrations in Australian night-time entertainment districts

P Miller, A Pennay, N Droste, E Butler, R Jenkinson, S Hyder, B Quinn, T Chikritzhs, S Tomsen, P Wadds, S Jones, D Palmer, L Barrier, T Lam, W Gilmore, D Lubman

(2014), Vol. 33, pp. 338-345, Drug and alcohol review, Chichester, England, C1


Patron offending and intoxication in night time entertainment districts (POINTED) : a study protocol

P Miller, A Pennay, R Jenkinson, N Droste, T Chikritzhs, S Tomsen, P Wadds, S Jones, D Palmer, L Barrie, D Lubman

(2013), Vol. 2, pp. 69-76, International journal of alcohol and drug research, [San Diego, Calif.], C1


The association between alcohol interventions and Dui incidents in Geelong, Victoria

A Sonderlund, P Miller, D Palmer, P Kremer

(2013), Vol. 1, pp. 1-6, Journal of alcoholism and drug dependence, [India], C1


Zonal banning and public order in urban Australia

D Palmer, I Warren

(2013), pp. 79-96, Policing cities: urban securitization and regulation in a 21st century world, Abingdon, Eng., B1


Surveillance technology and territorial controls: governance and the 'lite touch' of privacy

D Palmer, I Warren

(2013), pp. 26-31, Novatica: revista de la Asociacion de Tecnicos de Informatica, Madrid, Spain, C1


Global policing and the case of Kim Dotcom

D Palmer, I Warren

(2013), Vol. 2, pp. 105-119, International journal for crime, justice and social democracy, Brisbane, Qld., C1


ID scanners in the night-time economy: Social sorting or social order?

D Palmer, I Warren, P Miller

(2013), Vol. 466, pp. 1-9, Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, Canberra, ACT, C1


When the profile becomes the population: examining privacy governance and road traffic surveillance in Canada and Australia

I Warren, R Lippert, K Walby, D Palmer

(2013), Vol. 25, pp. 565-584, Current issues in criminal justice, Sydney, N. S. W., C1


A direct insight into victims of cybercrime

N Patterson, M Hobbs, D Palmer

(2013), pp. 603-610, TrustCom 2013 : Proceedings of the 12th IEEE International Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications, Melbourne, Victoria, E1


ID scanning, the media and the politics of urban surveillance in an Australian regional city

D Palmer, I Warren, P Miller

(2012), Vol. 9, pp. 293-309, Surveillance & society, Kingston Ont., C1


Policing and law enforcement

D Palmer

(2012), pp. 407-434, Crime and justice : a guide to criminology, Pyrmont, N. S. W., B1


Tecnología de vigilancia y controles territoriales : Gobernanza y el pulso de la privacidad

D Palmer, I Warren

(2012), Vol. 217, pp. 15-20, Novatica, Barcelona, Spain, C1


Global environment of policing

D Palmer, M Berlin, D Das

(2012), Boca Raton, Fla., A1-1


Police memory as a global policing movement

D Palmer

(2012), pp. 187-205, Global environment of policing, Boca Raton, FL, B1


Conclusion : the global environment of policing

D Palmer

(2012), pp. 303-312, Global environment of policing, Boca Raton, Florida, B1-1


Introduction : global environment of policing

D Palmer

(2012), Global environment of policing, Boca Raton, Fla., B1-1


ID scanners in the Australian night-time economy

D Palmer, I Warren, P Miller

(2011), Vol. 30, pp. 18-26, IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, Piscataway, N.J., C1


Do community interventions targeting licensed venues reduce alcohol-related emergency department presentations?

P Miller, A Sonderlund, K Coomber, D Palmer, K Gillham, J Tindall, J Wiggers

(2011), Vol. 30, pp. 546-553, Drug and alcohol review, Oxford, England, C1


Dealing with alcohol-related problems in the night-time economy: a study protocol for mapping trends in harm and stakeholder views surrounding local community level interventions

P Miller, D Palmer, N Droste, J Tindall, K Gillham, A Sonderlund, E McFarlane, F de Groot, A Sawyer, D Groombridge, C Lecathelinais, J Wiggers

(2011), Vol. 4, pp. 1-11, BMC research notes, London, Eng., C1-1


Crime risks of three-dimensional virtual environments

I Warren, D Palmer

(2010), pp. 1-6, Trends and issues in crime and criminal justice, Canberra, A. C. T., C1


ID scanners in the night time economy

D Palmer, I Warren, P Miller

(2010), pp. 234-241, ISTAS 2010 : Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society : Social Implications of Emerging Technologies, Wollongong, N.S.W., E1


Would Kitty Genovese have been murdered in Second Life? Researching the 'bystander effect' using online technologies

T King, I Warren, D Palmer

(2008), pp. 1-23, TASA 2008 : Re-imagining sociology : the annual conference of The Australian Sociological Association, Melbourne, Vic., E1


Second Life and the role of educators as regulators

I Warren, D Palmer, T King, S Segrave

(2008), pp. 1079-1089, ASCILITE 2008 : Hello! Where are you in the landscape of educational technology?, Melbourne, Vic., E1


Toward constituting a critical criminology for rural Australia

G Coventry, D Palmer

(2008), pp. 303-314, The critical criminology companion, Leichhardt, N.S.W., B1-1


Policing in the 'communal spaces' of major event venues

D Palmer, C Whelan

(2007), Vol. 8, pp. 401-414, Police practice and research: an international journal, Abingdon, England, C1


Counter-terrorism across the policing continuum

D Palmer, C Whelan

(2006), Vol. 7, pp. 449-465, Police practice and research, Abingdon, England, C1


Responding to terrorism through networks at sites of critical infrastructure : a case study of Australian airport security networks

C Whelan, D Palmer

(2006), pp. 1-13, Social Change in the 21st Century, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, E1


A new police in Victoria: conditions of crisis or politics of reform?

D Palmer

(2003), Vol. 74, pp. 167-196, Victorian historical journal, Melbourne, Vic., C1


'Hot pursuit': law enforcement practice and the public interest

D Palmer

(2003), Vol. 28, pp. 32-36, Alternative law journal, Clayton, Vic., C1


`Bending granite`? Recent attempts at changing police organisational structures in Australia: the case of Victoria police

D Palmer, A Cherney

(2001), Vol. 13, pp. 47-59, Current issues in criminal justice, Sydney, N.S.W., C1


Surfing the crime net : policing, crime prevention and community safety in Australia

D Palmer

(2001), Vol. 3, pp. 55-62, Crime prevention and community safety : an international journal, Leicester, England, C1-1


A letter from Australia: from crime prevention to community safety: the shifting discourses of ordering

D Palmer

(1999), Vol. 1, pp. 59-66, Crime prevention and community safety, London, Eng., C1-1


Reforming police management: the introduction of a police board in Victoria

D Palmer

(1997), Vol. 20, pp. 665-679, Policing, Bingley, Eng., C1-1


Post-Keynesian policing

P O'Malley, D Palmer

(1996), Vol. 25, pp. 137-155, Economy and society, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Dealing with alcohol related problems and the night time economy (DANTE)

Prof Peter Miller, A/Prof Darren Palmer, Mr William Mathers

DHA Grant - NDLERF National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund - Department of Health and Ageing

  • 2012: $94,915
  • 2011: $94,915
  • 2010: $189,830
  • 2009: $94,915

Patron Offending and Intoxication in Night Time Entertainment Districts (POINTED)

Prof Peter Miller, Ms Amy Pennay, Prof Tanya Chikritzhs, A/Prof Daniel Lubman, A/Prof Darren Palmer, Dr Rebecca Jenkinson, Prof Sandra Jones, Prof Steve Tomsen, Mr Carl Peers

NDLERF National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund

  • 2013: $100,513
  • 2012: $61,261
  • 2011: $91,892

Other Public Sector Funding

Central Geelong Safety Initiative Project (CGSIP) Evaluation

A/Prof Darren Palmer

  • 2009: $47,000

ID Scanners in the night-time economy: social sorting or social order?

A/Prof Darren Palmer, Prof Peter Miller, Dr Ian Warren

  • 2012: $34,212
  • 2010: $34,212
  • 2009: $34,214

Perceptions of order and engagement in changes in Whittington

A/Prof Darren Palmer

  • 2012: $27,272
  • 2010: $36,363

Sudanese refugees experiences with the Queensland criminal justice system

Mr Garry Coventry, Dr Stephen Moston, A/Prof Darren Palmer

  • 2010: $12,000

Barwon Safe Parties Project

A/Prof Darren Palmer, Prof Peter Miller

  • 2011: $9,090
  • 2010: $25,000

Identification of best practice of responsible management of licensed venues and responsible service of alcohol

Prof Peter Miller, Prof Tanya Chikritzhs, A/Prof Darren Palmer, Dr Kathryn Graham

  • 2011: $37,163

VCGLR Liquor forum evaluation

Dr Ashlee Curtis, Prof Peter Miller, A/Prof Darren Palmer, Dr Nic Droste, Dr Kerri Coomber, Dr Shannon Hyder, Miss Florentine Martino

  • 2016: $9,981
  • 2015: $39,930

Industry and Other Funding

Reducing alcohol - related harm associated with licensed premises

Prof Peter Miller, A/Prof Darren Palmer, Mr William Mathers

  • 2010: $12,500
  • 2009: $12,500
  • 2008: $25,000

Rural Disadvantage and the Law

Mr Richard Coverdale, A/Prof Darren Palmer

  • 2011: $5,335
  • 2010: $12,000
  • 2009: $19,135


Principal Supervisor

Christopher Richard Linke

Thesis entitled: Victoria Police Memorialisation: Commemoration and Remembrance

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Jessica Alyce Saligari

Thesis entitled: Police Response to Mental Health Crises: Examining a New Partnership

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Carly Raimondo

Thesis entitled: The crisis of the party

Master of Arts, School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Clare Farmer

Thesis entitled: Victoria¿s Banning Provisions: ¿balancing¿ discretionary police powers and individual rights

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Associate Supervisor

Owen Ormerod

Thesis entitled: Advancing the epistemology of intelligence analysis: A Polanyian perspective

Master of Arts, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Morgan Richard Burcher

Thesis entitled: Social Network Analysis as an Investigative Tool for Crime Intelligence

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Chad Whelan

Thesis entitled: Security Networks in the Field of Counter-Terrorism in Australia

Doctor of Philosophy, School of History, Heritage and Society