Academic experts chosen to advise on crime research

Dr Natalie Gately from Edith Cowan University, Dr Jocelyne Jones from Curtin University and Associate Professor Joe Clare from the University of WA (UWA) have been chosen for three vacancies on the board.

Established in 2020, WACSAR helps inform criminal justice decision-making and policy development using an evidence-based inter-agency approach.

Its non-statutory board was formed to provide advice and recommendations to the Director of WACSAR.

The executive committee of the council includes the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of WA, the Commissioner of Police of WA, the Chief Executive (Chairman) of the Department of Justice and the Deputy Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology.

The Executive Committee selected the three successful candidates from the WA Academic Sector to join the Board of Trustees as inaugural Academic Members following an expression of interest process.

Department of Justice chief executive Dr Adam Tomison said the appointments would strengthen the council’s research expertise and keep WACSAR in touch with academic developments.

“Board members will help WACSAR develop and implement best practice research and evaluation strategies,” said Dr. Tomison.

“I thank these three scholars for dedicating their time and knowledge to excellence and innovation in criminal justice-related research.”

Dr Gatelyan award-winning speaker and published researcher with over 20 years of experience, is a senior lecturer and researcher in criminology and psychology at Edith Cowan.

Principal investigator on several projects including young offenders and youth justice and the crime-drug nexus, she also researches people who have a family member in prison and parents of young offenders.

Dr Jocelyne JonesDr. Jonesa Noongar woman and epidemiologist from WA, is the Head of Indigenous Research at the National Institute for Drug Research in Curtin.

She has 20 years of experience in Aboriginal primary health care and Aboriginal health research and is also recognized as a leading Australian authority on health and welfare issues associated with Aboriginal incarceration.

Associate Professor Joe ClareAssociate Professor ClaireDeputy Head of Law School at UWA and an experienced criminologist, holds a Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

He recently won awards from the Australian and NZ Society of Criminology and the American Society of Criminology.

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