Our Research Associates include a large panel of academic researchers with expertise in diverse areas of public policy, drawn from across several universities in Queensland and beyond. Many researchers also have significant experience inside the public service. 

These experts can offer an additional source of policy advice for those developing or commenting on public policy in Queensland. All members, their research fields, and their contact details, are listed below. 

NameProfessor John Scott
Organisation/CompanySchool of Justice
Specialisations / Bio


  • Rural crime, Masculinity and violence, Sex work, Public health, Social control, Drug supply

John Scott joined the School of Justice from the University of New England in 2014. His current research interests are in the areas of drug supply, sexual and gendered crime, and rural crime. Since completing his PhD in 2001, he has published widely, including fifteen books and major research reports and over fifty papers and book chapters, many with leading international journals and publishers. He has also had sustained success in attracting nationally competitive grants and industry funding, including two ARC Discovery Grants and an ARC Linkage. He currently holds an ARC Discovery and two National Drug Law Enforcement Fund Grants. In terms of teaching, he won a 2007 Carrick Award, in addition to institutional awards for teaching and curriculum innovation. He also led the establishment of successful awards in criminology, criminology/law and social work during his time at UNE. He has been actively involved in institutional leadership roles, including leader of a Collaborative Research Network (CRN) and extended periods acting as a head of school. In terms of broader service roles, he has recently served as a Chief Examiner with the New South Wales Board of Studies and as a member of the Community Relations Commission, New South Wales.

Phone07 3138 7123
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