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Visiting Research Fellowships

The Australian Institute of Criminology invites scholars to apply to spend up to 3-6 months in residence participating in a visiting fellows program.

The positions are available to candidates with research expertise who are interested in applying their skills to research which directly informs public policy.

Candidates could have expertise in criminology, finance, economics, law or social sciences.


Visiting fellows will be expected to work on a research project that will result in at least one peer-reviewed publication. Collaborative work with other research staff is encouraged and visiting fellows will be asked to participate in staff meetings and present public occasional research seminars. It is expected that the majority of a fellow's time will be spent at the Institute.


Applicants must have an established career in research and a PhD or equivalent experience in public policy research.

Criteria for selection include a relevant proposed topic related to criminology in the public policy context. Particular areas of interest to the Institute may include e-security, federal crime and justice, white collar or environmental crime, though any criminological topics will be considered. In addition, the applicant must describe how their research will be facilitated by access to the Institute's staff, resources and associated networks. The applicant's record of academic publications relevant to public policy will be taken into account.

The Institute values the wide variety of backgrounds and experiences of our research staff. Key selection criteria include excellence and diversity of experience, backgrounds and viewpoints. A commitment to the translation of research into policy and practice will be highly regarded.

To apply

In your application, please include the following:

  • the proposed research topic, significance, and objectives
  • potential policy and practitioner audiences
  • proposed amount of time at the AIC (3-6 months)
  • support required
  • proposed research publications

Appointments can made by the Institute at any time in 2009 or 2010. Visiting arrangements can range from full support to partial support during an academic sabbatical.

Applications and enquiries about the program should be sent to: positions.vacant [at] aic.gov.au

Recent Visiting Fellows

Michael Levi

Professor Michael Levi

Visiting Fellow - March and April 2009

Professor Michael Levi has degrees from Oxford, Cambridge and Southampton and Cardiff Universities and has been Professor of Criminology at Cardiff University since 1991. He has been conducting international research, and is an acknowledged expert, on the control of white-collar and organized crime, corruption and money laundering/financing of terrorism since 1972, and has published widely on these subjects. As well as editing major journals including Criminology and Criminal Justice.

During his stay as a visiting fellow, Professor Levi was a guest at the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-terrorism Financing Conference 2009 and presented a seminar on 'Measuring the harm from serious and organized crime: some reflections'.

Paul Ekblom

Professor Paul Ekblom

Visiting Fellow - December 2008

Paul Ekblom read psychology and gained his PhD at University College London. As a researcher in the UK Home Office for many years, Paul worked on the full range of crime prevention projects: horizon-scanning; design against crime; and development of the professional discipline of crime prevention. Paul has worked internationally with the EU Crime Prevention Network, Europol, the UN and the Council of Europe. He is currently Professor and Co-Director of the University of the Arts London Research Centre on Design Against Crime. There, he works on continuing to develop practical conceptual frameworks for general crime prevention.

As visiting fellow of the Australian Institute of Criminology, Professor Ekblom presented the seminar 'What's up DOC? Contemporary practice, themes and issues in Designing Out Crime'.

Douglas Tang

Douglas Tang

Visiting Fellow - May 2006

Douglas Tang was the former Assistant Director of the IT Security Division, Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore. He provided IT security advice to various government agencies and participated in the formulation of various cyber-security policies and initiatives of the Singapore Government. He has since completed a Public Management Masters from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, University of Singapore.

During his time with the Australian Institute of Criminology, Douglas undertook policy attachment work, conducted research on cybercrime and cyber-terrorism and presented on Singapore's Infocomm security masterplan.

Last updated
29 August 2017