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Senior Lecturer in Criminology, The 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. 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.


  • –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)