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Professor Ross Homel AO

BSc, MSc (Sydney), PhD (Macquarie), HonFAEC

Elected: 2004

Discipline: Sociology

Specialisation: Criminology; Prevention; Children and young people; Community development; Alcohol-related crime and violence.


Ross Homel is Foundation Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, and Director of the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance.  He has also served as founder and director of the Griffith Institute for Social and Behavioural Research (now the Griffith Social and Behavioural Research College); as Head of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice; as a Commissioner of the Queensland Criminal Justice Commission; and in the early 2000s worked with Fiona Stanley and others to establish the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth and its associated ARC research network.  He is a former Board member and Vice-President of the Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and former member of the Academy executive committee.

Professor Homel has published three monographs and six edited books, as well as more than 120 peer-reviewed papers and numerous high impact government reports.  He has won numerous awards for his research on the prevention of crime, violence and injuries and the promotion of positive development and wellbeing for children and young people in socially disadvantaged communities.  His accomplishments were recognised in January 2008 when he was appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO) "for service to education, particularly in the field of criminology, through research into the causes of crime, early intervention and prevention methods".  In May 2008 he was recognized with an award from the Premier of Queensland as a 'Queensland Great', "for his contribution to Queensland's reputation for research excellence, the development of social policy and justice reform and helping Queensland's disadvantaged communities".   In December 2008 he was shortlisted for 2009 Australian of the Year, in 2009 he received a Distinguished Service Alumni for Alumni, Macquarie University, and in 2010 received the Sellin-Glueck Award from the American Society of Criminology for criminological scholarship that considers problems of crime and justice as they manifest outside the United States.


  • 1995 National Road Safety Award (NSW Section)
  • 1998 National Violence Prevention Award
  • 1994 National Violence Prevention Award
  • 1998 Benjamin Drug Prevention Award (Qld Dept Health)
  • 2004 National Crime and Violence Prevention Award
  • 2007 Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Allen Austin Bartholomew Award
  • 2008 Queensland Great Award
  • Winner, Sellin-Glueck Award 2010
  • Distinguished Service Award, Macquarie Alumni, Macquarie University, Sydney 2009
  • Hon Fellow, Academy of Experimental Criminology 2011


  • Kathryn Graham and Ross Homel (2008) Raising the bar: Preventing aggression in and around bars, clubs and pubs. UK: Willan.
  • Freiberg, K., Homel, R., Batchelor, S., Carr, A., Lamb, C., Hay, I., Elias, G. and Teague, R. (2005) Pathways to participation: A community-based developmental prevention project in Australia., Children & Society 19: 144-157.
  • Ross Homel (2005) Developmental crime prevention, In Handbook of crime prevention and community safety. Nick Tilley (eds.). Cullumpton, Devon, UK: Willan.
  • Babor, T., Homel, R., et. Al. (2003) Alcohol: No ordinary commodity. Research and public policy. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Homel, R. with Interdisciplinary Research Team (1999) Pathways to prevention: Developmental and early intervention approaches to crime in Australia. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service.
  • Ross Homel (1988) Policing and punishing the drinking driver: A study of general and specific deterrence. New York: Springer.


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