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Francine V. McNiff Professor of Criminology, The University of Melbourne

Alison Young is interested in issues arising at the intersection of law, crime and culture. She is the author of Street Art World (2016), Street Art, Public City (2014), Judging the Image (2005), Imagining Crime (1996), Street/ Studio (2010) and The Scene of Violence (2010), as well as numerous articles in scholarly journals. She holds a Visiting professorship at the Law School, City University London and has been a Visiting Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo and at Amherst College, and a Visiting Research Fellow at McGill University, London University, New York University and Hong Kong University.


  • 2005–present
    Professor, University of Melbourne
  • 1998–2005
    Associate Professor, University of Melbourne
  • 1995–1998
    Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne
  • 1990–1995
    Lecturer, University of Lancaster
  • 1989–1990
    Lecturer, University of Manchster
  • 1988–1989
    Lecturer, University of East Anglia


  • 1988 
    University of Cambridge, PhD
  • 1985 
    University of Cambridge, M.Phil
  • 1984 
    University of Edinburgh, LL.B (Hons)


  • 2010
    Street/Studio: the Place of Street Art in Melbourne, Thames & Hudson
  • 2010
    The Scene of Violence: Cinema, Crime, Affect, Routledge-Cavendish

Grants and Contracts

  • 2008
    Urban Images and the Appearance of City Spaces
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2001
    Crimes of the Sign: the Legality of Graffiti in the Contemporary City
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council


Karl Loewenstein Fellow in Jurisprudence, Amherst College, 1998, 2000; winner of the Penny Pether Prize for Law, Literature and the Humanities 2015