Researcher

Associate Professor Alyce McGovern

My Expertise

Crime and the media, police media relations, police and social media, yarn bombing and craftivism, criminology education.

Field of Research (FoR)

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Biography

Dr Alyce McGovern is an Associate Professor in Criminology and the Deputy Head of School (Learning and Teaching) in the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW, Sydney, Australia. She has researched widely in the area of crime and media, including police-media relations, police use of social media, young people and sexting, and craftivism. She is the co-author of Policing and Media: Public Relations, Simulations...view more

Dr Alyce McGovern is an Associate Professor in Criminology and the Deputy Head of School (Learning and Teaching) in the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW, Sydney, Australia. She has researched widely in the area of crime and media, including police-media relations, police use of social media, young people and sexting, and craftivism. She is the co-author of Policing and Media: Public Relations, Simulations and Communications (2013 with Lee, Routledge), Sexting and Young People (2015 with Crofts, Lee and Milivojevic, Palgrave) and author of the forthcoming Craftivism and Yarn Bombing: A Criminological Exploration (Palgrave). In 2015 Alyce guest edited the Current Issues in Criminal Justice journal's Special Issue on Crime, Media and New Technologies.


My Grants

Awarded 2018 - Research on the role of media in CRV/CVE - Public Safety Canada

Awarded 2011 - Sexting and Young People: Perceptions, Practices, Policy and Law - Criminology Research Council, Australian Institute of Criminology


My Qualifications

PhD, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching, UNSW Sydney, Australia
Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology) Honours First Class, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Criminology, University of Western Sydney, Australia


My Awards

2017 UNSW Arts and Social Sciences Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence


My Research Activities

Research Areas

  • Crime and (new) media
  • Police media relations; police public relations activities; police use of social media
  • Yarn bombing, craftivism, street craft; cultural criminology
  • Sexting and young people
  • Social media and crime
  • Criminology higher education

Editorial Board Positions

  • International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy
  • Current Issues in Criminal Justice journal
  • Crime and Justice in Digital Society Book Series (Springer)

My Engagement

  • UNSW Centre for Crime, Law and Justice
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (NSW Rep 2016-2018)
  • Adjunct Senior Lecturer, University of New England

My Teaching

Areas of HDR supervision:

Crime and the media; crime and social media; police and the media; police and social media; policing; representations and perceptions of the criminal justice system; police education, leadership and management. 

Current HDR supervision:

  • Evaluating police efforts to engage communities through social media: Is online engagement more or less obtrusive than traditional police interventions with citizens not involved with crime- Andrew Kelly (commenced 2014, joint with Professor Janet Chan)
  • Be Afraid – Or very entertained: Media coverage of criminal trials and consumption of crime- Leah Findlay (commenced 2015, joint with Professor Jill Hunter)
  • Reconsidering the processes of agenda setting: Social media’s evolving role in setting the terrorism agenda - Amy Pisani (commenced 2015, join with Associate Professor Laura Shepherd)
  • The Limits of Looking: Managing Crime-Images of Victims - Laura McDonald (commenced 2016 at Sydney University - external supervisor, primary supervisor Dr Rebecca Scott-Bray)
  • Alcohol and violence in the night time economy - Leanne Piper (commenced 2016, joint with Dr Phillip Wadds)

Recent HDR completions:

  • The social construction of juvenile crime in Malaysia - Kamsiah Ali (awarded 2012, co supervisor with Dr Jane Bolitho)
  • Media representations of crime in the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires (Argentina) during the 1990s - Cynthia Fernandez Roich (awarded 2015, joint with Associate Professor Paul Jones)
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Location

Room 148 Morven Brown Building

Contact

+61 (2) 9385 8472
+61 (2) 9662 8991

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