Poynting, Scott

Auckland University

New Zealand
graduated from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 1977 and taught in New South Wales secondary schools in the late 70s and early 80s. In 1984 I completed an MA in Sociology of Education at Macquarie University and was a tutor there until 1989. I then undertook a PhD in Sociology UNSW under a Commonwealth Postgraduate Research Award, completing in 1995. I lectured and researched in sociology of education at the University of Western Sydney (UWS) 1992-2000 and in cultural inquiry as an associate professor 2001-7 in the School of Humanities at UWS.

In 2000-1, Scott was a principal researcher with Jock Collins, Greg Noble and Paul Tabar on the Youth, Ethnicity and Crime in Western Sydney (SPIRT) project funded by the Australian Research Council and 26 ‘industry’ partners. Scott co-authored together Kebabs, Kids, Cops and Crime (Pluto Australia, 2000) and Bin Laden in the Suburbs (Sydney Institute of Criminology, 2004). In 2003-4, Scott led research on post-9/11 anti-Arab and anti-Muslim violence, vilification and discrimination, commissioned by Australia’s Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and co-authored the report Living with Racism (2004).

In 2007 Scott was appointed Professor in Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University, where Scott convened the Crime and Social Justice research group. Scott was appointed as Professor in Criminology at the University of Auckland in March 2013.