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University / government research collaboration

Media Release

27 July 2000

The Australian Institute of Criminology has always sought collaborative links with colleagues conducting research, and has established a good collaborative arrangement with the National Drug Research Institute, (NDRI) at Curtin University of Technology. The joint work has produced path breaking data on the relationship between drug use and criminal activity.

Today (July 26) marked a significant event with the presentation of a plaque from NDRI to the Australian Institute of Criminology.

Presentation Photo

The plaque acknowledged existing collaborative work, particularly the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia project, and will facilitate further collaboration in this important area of drugs and crime.

In presenting the plaque to the Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology, NDRI Deputy Director Associate Professor Wendy Loxley, said that she was proud to award the Australian Institute of Criminology Collaborating Centre status. She also emphasised the importance of the combination of theoretical and rigorous research.

In accepting the plaque, Dr Adam Graycar, Director, Australian Institute of Criminology said that government agencies had a lot to learn from university institutes. Universities were the developers of good methodological processes, built on strong theoretical foundations, and when policy is developed, it is stronger if it is based on considered and quality knowledge. An organisation like the Australian Institute of Criminology, which is Australia's national centre for the analysis and dissemination of criminological data and information very much values its University links, and is pleased to be associated with the quality work done by NDRI at Curtin University.

Dr Graycar pointed out that he hoped to see more University/government collaboration as part of strengthening the "knowledge into policy" process.