Lecturer in Criminology, University of Melbourne

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 from the perspective of ex-prisoners themselves and post-release support workers. Her book 'Being and Becoming an Ex-Prisoner', based on this work, was published in 2017 by Routledge (UK) as part of the International Series on Desistance and Rehabilitation. Diana spent 2015 in Wales doing 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. This work builds on her broad research interest and experience with young people in conflict with the law. Her (mainly qualitative) research interests range from restorative and therapeutic approaches to justice to vulnerable people's experience of criminal justice and legal processes. From 2012-2014 she lectured in the Justice and Legal Studies programs at RMIT University, where she maintains strong collaborative research links. In 2016 she was co-investigator on a research project evaluating the Youth Diversion Pilot Program for the Children's Court of Victoria. She was also part of a team undertaking research for Corrections Victoria relating to serious sexual and violent offending. Her current research, in partnership with Monash University and the Centre for Multicultural Youth, is exploring South Sudanese young people's experience of media demonisation and political narratives since 'Moomba 2016'.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Criminology, University of Melbourne
  • 2015–2016
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Abersystwyth University
  • 2012–2014
    Lecturer, RMIT University


  • 2014 
    University of Melbourne, PhD
  • 2005 
    RMIT University, MA by Research (Applied Criminology)
  • 2000 
    RMIT University, BA Criminal Justice


  • 2018
    The Intensity and Timing of Sex Offender Treatment. , Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment
  • 2018
    The Disabling Effects of Imprisonment: Towards Preventive Intervention. , Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict and World Order.
  • 2017
    Being and Becoming an Ex-Prisoner, Routledge
  • 2017
    Ecological Youth Justice: Understanding the Social Ecology of Young People's Prolific Offending, Youth Justice
  • 2015
    Defining Post-release 'Success': Using Assemblage and Phenomenography to Reveal Difference and Complexity in Post-prison Conceptions, Critical Criminology
  • 2014
    Semiotic Practices: A conceptual window on the post-prison experience, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy
  • 2009
    The Role of Community in Restorative Justice Conferencing, Occasional Series in Criminal Justice and International Studies

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Prolific Offending Research
    Postdoctoral Researcher
    Funding Source:
    Higher Education Funding Council for Wales
  • 2008
    Australian Prisons Project
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology

Research Areas

  • Crime Policy (160504)
  • Criminological Theories (160204)
  • Correctional Theory, Offender Treatment And Rehabilitation (160202)
  • Causes And Prevention Of Crime (160201)