Emeritus Professor Toni Makkai

Emeritus Professor, College of Arts and Social Sciences
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Causes And Prevention Of Crime 160201
  • Criminology 1602
  • Crime Policy 160504
  • Sociological Methodology And Research Methods 160807

Research interests

  • Drugs and Crime
  • Crime statistics
  • Quantitative methods
  • Regulation and compliance
  • Research impact


Toni is Emeritus Professor in the Centre for Social Research and Methods. Prior to this she was the Dean and Director of the College of Arts and Social Sciences and Chair of the College Executive for 7 years. She was elected secretary to the Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH) for 4 years.

She is currently the Chair of the Industry and International Board, Griffith Institute of Criminology, Deputy-President, Ted Noffs Foundation, and Board member of the Survey Research Centre Pty Ltd.

She was Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology from 2003-2008 and has held various research and teaching roles at the University of Queensland and the University of Salford, UK. Her first academic post was an ARC postdoctoral fellowship in the Research School of Social Sciences, ANU.

She has a strong focus on policy relevant research including drugs and crime, crime statistics, drug courts, regulation and compliance, social and political attitudes and the sociology of professional careers.

She has published widely in these fields with over 100 peer reviewed journal articles, numerous chapters in books and government reports and monographs.

She has held ARC, NH&MRC, and NDLERF grants and numerous consultancies during her career.

Career highlights:

Establishing the first national monitoring program on drug use and crime in Australia (DUMA) in 1999; Membership of the Australian National Council on Drugs (2006-2011); chair of the Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (2003-2007); member of the Australian Government Delegation to UN Crime Commission meetings (2004-2007); first female director of the Australian Institute of Criminology (2003-2008); Dean of ANU College of Arts and social Sciences (2008-2015); Purchase of the Survey Research Centre Pty Ltd by ANU Enterprise and establishment of the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods Centre in 2015 to facilitate high quality impactful social policy research at ANU.

Researcher's projects

2012-2013  ARC LEIF Grant (LE110100136), The Saulwick Age Poll Archive ($140,000) CI with M. Considine, D. J Muller, G. McCarthy, M. Goot

2012-213 OLTC Grant, Academic Leadership for Succession: research and implementation across the Arts, social sciences and humanities in Australia ($75,000)



Projects and Grants

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