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Professor Roderic Broadhurst

BA, BEd, PhD Univ.West. Aust., M.Phil Cambridge
Professor of Criminology, College of Arts and Social Science,Fellow Research School of Asia and the Pacific
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Criminology 1602
  • Police Administration, Procedures And Practice 160205
  • Causes And Prevention Of Crime 160201
  • Correctional Theory, Offender Treatment And Rehabilitation 160202
  • Sociology 1608

Research interests

organised crime and transnational crime; e.g. cybercrime, triads and black societies

crime in developing, post conflict and transitional states: e.g. crime in China, and Cambodia  

homicide studies, and causes of violence 

victimology and crime victim surveys, including crimes against business

penology, recidivism studies; capture/re-capture analysis



A graduate of the University of Western Australia (Phd) and University of Cambridge (M.Phil) and formerly with the Department of Corrective Services and Health Service in Western Australia. Appointed Senior Fellow, Crime Research Centre at the University of Western Australia in 1990. In 1994 he was lecturer at the Department of Sociology, University of Hong Kong where he was secretary and later Chair of the Hong Kong Society of Criminology. In 2005 he left Hong Kong to take a post at the QUT as Head of School of Justice, followed by visiting Professor Griffith University in 2008. In 2009 he was appointed Professor at the Australian National University Regulatory Institutions Network and Fellow of the Research School of Asian and Pacific Studies and Chief Investigator ARC Centre for Excellence in Policing and Security until 2013. He is now Professor of Criminology, Research School of Social Sciences. He has worked with a wide variety of criminal justice agencies, in Australia, China and Cambodia. His latest book co-authored with Thierry and Brigitte Bouhours Violence and the Civilizing Process in Cambodia, published by Cambridge University Press in 2015. The book blurp:

"In this insightful new study tracing the history of violence in Cambodia, the authors evaluate the extent to which Elias’s theories can be applied in a non-Western context. Drawing from historical and contemporary archival sources, constabulary statistics, victim surveys, and newspaper reports, Broadhurst, Bouhours, and Bouhours chart trends and forms of violence throughout Cambodia from the mid nineteenth century to the present day. Analysing periods of colonisation, anticolonial wars, independence, civil war, the revolutionary terror of the 1970s, and postconflict development, the authors assess whether violence has decreased and whether such a decline can be attributed to Elias’s civilising process, which identifies a series of universal factors that have historically reduced violence."



Researcher's projects

monitoring serious crime in cyberspace (ARC Discovery Grant)

transnational crime and the role of place  (ARC Linkage Grant)

crime and modernisation in post-conflict Cambodia (ARC Discovery Grant)

United Nations crime victim surveys in Cambodia, Hong Kong and China

organised crime in China (HKSAR CERG)

Available student projects

PhD candidates

Leo Sudaryono - Prison overcrowding in Indonesia

Ben Chapman-Schmidt - Human trafficking in Japan

Doug Allen - Complex fraud

Tonina Staunton - Cloud computing regulatory challenges


Current student projects

ANU Cybercrime Observatory

Phishing risk and student community - Mamoun Alazab, Nick Sifniotis, Grigori Ougrinovsk, Stepahnie Orlando, Katie Skinner and Don Maxim.

Report for the E-Child Safety Commissioner: Trends in Child Exploitation Risks

Stepahnie Orlando, Katie Skinner and Don Maxim.

CyberTerrorism, Korean Institute of Criminology - VFAC and UNODC.

Don Maxim. Stepahnie Orlando, Hannah Woodford-Smith, Bianca Sabol, and Ben Chapman Schmidt

Past student projects

Steve Chon Ki Hon - malware tool kits and criminal networks in cyberspace

Nini Leijon - sexual offending - Sweden and Australia

Cheryl White - Trials of the former Khmer Rouge - extra-ordinary Court for Cambodia

Chenda Keo - human trafficking in Cambodia.


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