John Scott

Professor John Scott - Co-Chief Editor, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy

Professor John Scott joined the School of Justice from the University of New England (UNE) in 2014. His current research interests are in the areas of drug supply, sexual and gendered crime, and rural crime. Since completing his PhD in 2001 John has published widely, including twenty books and major research reports and over eighty papers and book chapters, many with leading international journals and publishers. He has also had sustained success in attracting nationally competitive grants and industry funding, including two ARC Discovery Grants, two National Drug Law Enforcement Research Grants, a Rural Industry Research and Development Grant, Criminology Research Grant and an ARC Linkage.

In terms of teaching, he won a 2007 Carrick Award for Australian University Teaching, in addition to institutional awards for teaching and curriculum innovation. He also led the establishment of successful awards in criminology, criminology/law and social work during his time at UNE. He has been actively involved in institutional leadership roles, including leader of a Collaborative Research Network (CRN) and extended periods acting as a head of school. In terms of broader service roles, he has recently served as a Chief Examiner with the New South Wales Board of Studies and was a member of the Community Relations Commission, New South Wales.

Research Interests

  • The ecology of crime, especially rural Crime
  • Social control, with a focus on public health regulations
  • The social construction and governance of sexual deviance, with a focus on sex work
  • Masculinity and violence
  • The supply and regulation of drugs


John Scott's QUT profile