Professor Meredith Rossner

PhD (Criminology and Sociology)
Professor of Criminology
College Arts & Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Criminology 1602
  • Courts And Sentencing 160203
  • Criminological Theories 160204
  • Law And Society 180119
  • Legal Institutions (Incl. Courts And Justice Systems) 180120
  • Sociological Methodology And Research Methods 160807

Research interests

  • Restorative justice
  • Emotions and criminal justice
  • Online and virtual courts
  • Lay participation in justice
  • Juries and jury deliberation
  • Courts and tribunals
  • Architecture, technology, and justice
  • Sociology of punishment



Meredith Rossner is Professor of Criminology at the Centre for Social Research & Methods at the ANU.   Previously she was Associate Professor of Criminology at the London School of Economics.  She holds a PhD in Criminology and Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the role of emotions, rituals, the built environment, and technology in justice practices.   This includes work on the emotional dynamics of restorative justice conferences between victims and offenders for serious crime, research on the micro-level dynamics of jury deliberation, the role of courtroom design on access to justice and the presumption of innocence, and the use of video technology in courts.   


Researcher's projects

My current research project examines the increasing use of video technology in courts. Funded by the UK Ministry of Justice, I am evaluating the use of fully-video hearings, where all parties appear remotely.  The video hearings pilot is a world-first attempt to have a hearing with no physical courtroom.  I am also part of a project funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Hummanities Research Council on the use of automation and other technologies in the justice sytem.

Previously, I have conducted research funded by the Australian Research Council on courtroom architecture, technology, and access to justice and on interpreters in court. 

I have also conducted research funded by the NSW Department of Communities and Justice on the dynamics of Restorative Justice for adult offenders.  I have advised the UK and the NSW government on best practice in restorative justice. My book, Just Emotions: Rituals of Restorative Justice (OUP, 2013), is available through Oxford Scholarship Online,

I am a part of the Court of the Future Network, an international collaboration of academics, architects, technology experts, judges, and court administrators who research developments in court design, technology, security, and well-being.     

Partial list of publications at




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