Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University


We are actively engaged in high-profile, high-impact research projects that contribute to legal advocacy, law reform, and criminal justice policy.

We are committed to building CSU's profile as an institution on the forefront of research that:

  • builds and sustains the environment
  • fosters resilient and healthy communities
  • promotes and evaluates regional development
  • cultivates a civil and just society
  • partners with Indigenous communities and organisations
  • engages in reflexive educational and professional practice

If you are interested in partnering with us on research please contact our Director, Associate Professor Alison Gerard at

Current projects

Local justice experts provide legal experience

Three Bathurst justice experts have laid their experiences before at least 200 law students from Charles Sturt University (CSU) to help them learn about punishment and the state in the ... read more

Biometrics Crime and Security

The new book ‘Biometrics Crime and Security’ by Centre for Law and Justice senior lecturer Dr Marcus Smith and colleagues Monique Mann and Gregor Urbas, is now available from read more

The Peace Museum, Cambodia

The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies are seeking to develop a peace museum for Cambodia. This would be an educational and experiential space that supports a national ... read more


Through an exploration of the processes and policies of the NSW child welfare system, Dr Kath McFarlane explores the manufacturing of delinquency and children’s involvement in the criminal justice system ... read more

Entrapping Asylum Seekers

In this research project, Dr Francesco Vecchio and Associate Professor Alison Gerard are editing a collection of papers from international scholars that advance comprehensive, evidence-based understanding of the contemporaneous human ... read more

Why are our most vulnerable children turning to crime?

Charles Sturt University (CSU) researchers have been awarded a national grant to investigate why the Australian welfare and justice systems are turning some of the most vulnerable children into criminals.

Dr ... read more


Emerging Zones of Legal Ambiguity and Lethal Violence: Deaths in Australia's Offshore Detention Centres

Alison Gerard and Tracey Kerr, in Walklate, S & Fitzgibbon, K. (Eds) Murder, Gender and Responsibility, Routledge: London, 2016

This chapter examines intersections of gender, race and sovereignty in official responses to the death of Iranian asylum seeker, Reza Barati, in the Australian-funded, offshore detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. The securitisation of migration has become the dominant theme in refugee and asylum seeker policy, not just ... read more

The securitization of migration and refugee women

Alison Gerard (2014) The Securitisation of Migration and Refugee Women, London: Routledge.

Humanised accounts of restrictions on mobility are rarely the focus of debates on irregular migration. Very little is heard from refugees themselves about why they migrate, their experiences whilst entering the EU or how they navigate reception conditions upon arrival, particularly from a gendered perspective. The Securitization of Migration and ... read more