Lecturer in Justice and Legal Studies, RMIT University

Dr Peta Malins is a lecturer in Justice and Legal Studies at RMIT University, Melbourne. She has taught in the areas of drug use, policing, sociology of law, deviance, and advanced criminology and justice theory. Her research focuses on the unintended effects and affects of drug interventions, with a particular focus on harm reduction strategies, prevention education and urban policing. In addition to her peer-reviewed publications in these areas, she has also co-edited a collection entitled 'Deleuzian Encounters: Studies in Contemporary Social Issues' (Palgrave 2007) showcasing the value of Deleuzian poststructural approaches to social research, policy and practice. Having previously worked at the City of Melbourne, in the areas of city safety, drug policy and syringe disposal management, and as an outreach NSP worker in central Melbourne, she has a strong sense of the intersections between theory and practice, and the importance of taking into account the complex connections between bodies, cultural representations and urban space in enactments of drug-related harms. She is currently working on research projects regarding school-based drug education, overdose memorials and drug-detection dogs.


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    Lecturer, RMIT