Diana Johns joined the School of Social and Political Sciences as Lecturer in Criminology in 2016. She completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne (as part of the ARC-funded Australian Prisons Project) on men's experience of prison release. Her book 'Being and Becoming an Ex-Prisoner' was published in 2017 by Routledge as part of the International Series on Desistance and Rehabilitation.
Diana's research interests range from restorative and therapeutic approaches to justice to different groups' experiences of criminal justice systems and processes. Recent projects include: Postdoctoral research for the Welsh Centre of Crime and Social Justice and the Youth Justice Board (Wales) on young people's 'prolific' offending, examining the trajectories of young people involved in high-volume, frequent and persistent offending (2015); evaluation of the Youth Diversion Pilot Program for the Children's Court of Victoria (2016); research for Corrections Victoria relating to serious sexual and violent offending (2016). Her current research includes: a partnership with Monash University and the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) exploring South Sudanese young people's experience of demonising media and political narratives since 'Moomba 2016'; a pilot study of African-Australian people's post-release support needs; and the evaluation of Jesuit Social Services' restorative responses to adolescent family violence.
Diana co-convenes - with Dr Sophie Rudolph - the Justice-involved Young People (JYP) Network. Based at the University of Melbourne, the JYP Network brings academics, policy-makers, practitioners and young people together to work for better outcomes for justice-involved young people in contact with the justice system.