Nightlife and the Night-Time Economy
Alcohol and Drugs
Violence, Safety and Music Festivals
Fields of Research (FoR)Criminology, Causes and prevention of crime, Critical approaches to crime, Private policing and security services, Sociological studies of crime, Gender and crime, Crime and social justice
Dr Phillip Wadds is Associate Professor in Criminology at UNSW, Sydney. His award-winning research is situated at the at the interface of criminology, urban studies, alcohol and other drug (AOD) studies and public health, and examines issues related to crime prevention, community safety, policing, nightlife and related leisure, drinking and drug consumption and violence with an overarching concern for harm reduction. His work has made...view more
Dr Phillip Wadds is Associate Professor in Criminology at UNSW, Sydney. His award-winning research is situated at the at the interface of criminology, urban studies, alcohol and other drug (AOD) studies and public health, and examines issues related to crime prevention, community safety, policing, nightlife and related leisure, drinking and drug consumption and violence with an overarching concern for harm reduction. His work has made significant contributions to nightlife and festival safety as well as health and industry policy and practice and highlights his role in leadership through transformative and interdisciplinary research.
Dr Wadds’ research and engagement work centres on building interdisciplinary collaborations and connections designed to assist knowledge translation and impact. He has served as an expert member of the City of Sydney’s Nightlife and Creative Sector Advisory Panel from 2018-2022, and the Randwick City Council Night-Time Economy Advisory Committee (2018-2019), as an expert advisor to the NSW Government Parliamentary Summit on Pill-testing and Festival Safety in 2018, the 2019 Joint Select Committee on Sydney’s Night-Time Economy, the NSW Ministry of Health Guidelines on Festival Safety released in December 2019 and the 2022 Review into Sexual Harm, Sexual Harassment and Systemic Discrimination in the National Music Industry. Dr Wadds is also currently serving as the inaugural lead assessor for the NSW government’s Purple Flag program.
Dr Wadds has project managed a number of major research projects, including the NDLERF funded Patron Offending and Intoxication in Night-Time Entertainment Districts (POINTED) Project and NSW Health funded Alcohol Combined with Energy Drinks (ACED) project, and has been Chief Investigator on a NSW Department of Justice funded research project evaluating the Take Kare Safe Space Program and a project investigating the nature and extent of violence, sexual violence and issues of public safety at Australian music festivals. He is currently lead investigator on a number of funded projects examining best practice in harm reduction at music festival events and the regulation of licensed venues.
Phillip is available for supervision of Honours, Masters by Research and PhD projects around topics including include the night-time economy, music festivals, alcohol and drug related harm and violence, crime prevention, policing policy and practice, plural policing, urban governance and the relationship between the media, crime and policing.
NSW Department of Justice- Evaluating the Take Kare Safe Space Project (with Professor Anthony Shakeshaft and Professor Chris Doran)- $180,000
Safety, sexual harassment and assault at Australian music festivals (with Dr Bianca Fileborn and Professor Stephen Tomsen)- $12,000
Planning for a Vibrant and Safe Night-Time Economy in Parramatta LGA- $80,000
2019 Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Adam Sutton Crime Prevention Award - for Safety and Sexual Violence at Australian Music Festivals project.
2015 Dean's Award for Innovative Blended Learning (Western Sydney University)
Winner of the 2013 Drug and Alcohol Awards ‘Excellence in Research Award’ - POINTED project
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
Phillip is available to supervise higher degree candidates on the following topics: the night-time economy, alcohol and drug related violence, crime prevention, policing policy and practice, plural policing, urban governance and the relationship between the media, crime and policing or related areas.
Enacting Eviction: Experiences of Pleasure and Harm - Baillee Farah (MRes)
Changing the Tune: Affecting reform around gendered discrimination and harm in the music industry - Lily Richardson (PhD)
Re-thinking harm reduction strategies in Sydney’s licensed entertainment settings and outdoor music festivals: A cross-national comparative analysis - Christopher Eassey (PhD)
People with cognitive disability and complex support needs - voices in policy and practice - Simone Rowe (PhD)
Towards a gender inclusive urban environment: spatio-temporal analysis of perceptions of safety held by women in public space - Sophia German (PhD)
Making Recovery Happen: How to Understand Citizenship and Employment of Chinese People Who Inject Drugs - Apei Song (PhD)
Phillip teaches across the undergraduate Criminology program, including core and elective courses.