Researcher

Dr Jane Bolitho

My Expertise

Restorative justice, youth conferencing, victim offender mediation, restorative practice,  criminal justice court innovation, youth justice, children's courts.

Keywords

Biography

Jane is a social scientist trained in the disciplines of psychology and sociology. With a particular focus on restorative justice, restorative practices, violence and conflict resolution, her work is empirically based and aimed at directly informing criminal justice policy. Her work explores the experiences of those coming before criminal justice systems, the operations of formal and community based justice systems, alternative models of...view more

Jane is a social scientist trained in the disciplines of psychology and sociology. With a particular focus on restorative justice, restorative practices, violence and conflict resolution, her work is empirically based and aimed at directly informing criminal justice policy. Her work explores the experiences of those coming before criminal justice systems, the operations of formal and community based justice systems, alternative models of resolution and innovations in justice. A nationally accredited mediator and practising youth justice conference convenor, Jane sits on the Australian Psychological Society Dispute Resolution Committee and is a professional member of Resolution Institute. Originally trained and registered as a psychologist in NSW, previous employment included working for the Crime Prevention Division, NSW Attorney General's Department on the research and evaluation of court based diversion programs. Jane teaches CRIM1010 Criminology an Introduction, CRIM3000 Criminology in Practice and takes a specialist elective CRIM3019 Restorative Justice. She teachesLAWS8117/JURD7817 Critical Issues in Restorative Justice to Postgraduate Law students.


My Grants

  • ARC Linkage Grant (Linkage Partner: Corrective Services NSW). Restorative justice for victims and serious offenders. 2010-2014. 
  • ARC Discovery Grant. Challenges, possibilities and future directions: A national assessment of Australia's Children's Courts’. 2009-2011. 
  • Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The use & effectiveness of restorative justice. 2016. 

My Qualifications

PhD UNSW, B.A (Hons,Sociology) UNSW, Grad.Dip.Science (Psych) USYD.


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

Restorative justice, youth justice, therapeutic jurisprudence, violence, victimisation, court based diversion, community corrections. 


Currently supervising

  • Restorative justice & environmental harm
  • Restorative justice & victim well-being

My Engagement

 


My Teaching

Jane teaches into the criminology & social science program; she regularly convenes the first year gateway course 'Criminology: An Introduction' and the final year capstone, Criminology in Practice course. She teaches an electives directly relating to her research interests in restorative justice, violence & conflict. Jane completed a Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching in 2011 (UNSW) and is actively engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning. 

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