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Dr Emma Ryan



Lecturer in Criminology


Faculty of Arts and Education


School of Hum & Social Science


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Graduate Certificate of Higher Ed. Learning & Teaching, Deakin University, 2018

+61 3 924 68732



Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne, 1995

Post Graduate Diploma in Criminology, University of Melbourne, 1997

Master of Arts (Criminology), University of Melbourne, 2001

Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2012

Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Learning and Teaching, Deakin University, 2017



Member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology

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Biography summary

Dr Emma Ryan is a critical criminologist whose research focusses on police use of less-lethal weapons and police accountability for use of excessive force more broadly. She has worked in state-based anti-corruption bodies in Victoria and has published for students in leading Australian textbooks on various aspects of criminological theory. Emma has taught in the discipline of criminology for over 25 years in several leading Australian Universities and brings rich industry experience and insights to her academic practice.

Research interests

Police use of tasers and other 'less-lethal' weapons

Transparency and accountability in policing

Effectiveness of anti-corruption bodies

Decolonisation of criminology and criminal justice practice

Criminology curricula and learning design

Teaching interests

Emma has dedicated much of her academic career to teaching criminology, especially at the first year level. She held the position of Course Director of the Bachelor of Criminology from 2016-2022 and has a broad knowledge of the criminology curriculum. She most enjoys teaching about theory and how it relates to criminological thinking and criminal justice policy, as well as units that prepare students for the challenges presented to people who aspire to careers in criminal justice and especially social justice related roles.

Units taught

ACR214 Inequality, Power and Justice

ACR202 Criminology Theory


Police use of weapons, especially sub-lethal weapons Police accountability mechanisms
  • Policing


‘Tasers on Trains’ 5th International Conference for Carceral Geography, University of Melbourne, 14-15 December 2022.

‘Old Patterns Amplified? An Examination of Conducted Energy Weapons Use by Police in Australia’ European Society of Criminology e-conference, September 8-10 2021.

‘Models of police oversight: What about public trust?’ Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology 31st Annual Conference, December 4-7 Melbourne 2018.

‘Policing with conducted energy weapons: what do we really know?’ 9th Annual Conference for the Asian Criminological Society and 4th biennial International Conference for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, July 10-13 Cairns 2017

‘Sublethal weapons and Use of Force models: the paradox of proportionality’ ’Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology 28th Annual Conference, November 24-28 Adelaide 2015.

Policing with Conducted Energy Weapons in Australia: an examination of policy and practice’ 2nd Crime Justice and Social Democracy Conference, July 8-11 Queensland University of Technology Brisbane 2013.

Enhancing Integrity through Education’ Centre for Excellence in Policing and Security Annual Conference, Oct 4-6 Melbourne 2012.

Conducted Energy Weapons – do they affect Police Legitimacy?‘ York Deviancy Conference, June 29-July1 York 2011


2011 Dean’s Award for Sessional Teaching, Faculty of Arts, Monash University.


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Reporting Police Use of Conducted Energy Weapons to the Public: A Cross-Jurisdictional Comparison

Emma Ryan, Laura Bedford

(2023), pp. 111-136, Police Use of Force, Cham, Switzerland, B1

book chapter

African Criminologies: Decolonization, Relativism, and Resistance

Ian Warren, Emma Ryan

(2022), pp. C38.S1-C38.S9, The Oxford Handbook of Sociology of Africa, Oxford, Eng., B1

book chapter

Southern Criminologies, Indigenous Stories and Qualitative Research

Ian Warren, Emma Ryan

(2022), pp. 1-17, Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Biopolitics, control and pandemic policing in Victoria, Australia

Emma Ryan, Ian Warren, bree Carlton

(2022), Vol. 5, pp. 127-147, Justice, Power and Resistance, Bristol, Eng., C1

journal article

Explanations of crime

Emma Ryan

(2021), pp. 81-104, Crime and Justice: A Guide to Criminology, Pyrmont, N.S.W., B1

book chapter

Crime, Deviance and Society An Introduction to Sociological Criminology

Ana Rodas, Melanie Simpson, Paddy Rawlinson, Ronald Kramer, Emma Ryan, Emmeline Taylor, Reece Walters, Alan Beckley, Chris Cunneen, Ashlee Gore, Amanda Porter, Scott Poynting, Emma Russell

(2020), Cambridge, Eng., A1


Funded Projects at Deakin

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