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Professor of Criminology, Australian National University

Lorana Bartels holds Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws degrees from the University of New South Wales (NSW) and a PhD from the University of Tasmania. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education. Lorana is admitted to practice as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of NSW.

Lorana is currently Professor of Criminology in the Centre for Social Research and Methods at the Australian National University. She was previously Head of the School of Law and Justice at the University of Canberra and the Criminology Program Leader at the Australian National University. She has also held research and policy positions at the Family Court of Australia, the NSW Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the NSW Attorney-General’s Office, the NSW Public Defenders Office and the Australian Institute of Criminology.

Lorana is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra and University of Tasmania and Life Member of Clare Hall at the University of Cambridge. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and a member of the editorial boards of the Alternative Law Journal; Criminal Law Journal; Current Issues in Criminal Justice and International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. She is the co-chair of the ACT chapter and a national director of the Justice Reform Initiative. She is also a member of the Tasmanian Sentencing Advisory Council. She was previously the ACT representative on the National Sentencing Network and After Prison Network and the Management Committee of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology.

Lorana publishes widely on a range of criminal justice issues, especially sentencing and corrections, and the treatment of Indigenous people and women in the criminal justice system.


  • –present
    Professor, Australian National University
  • 2018–2019
    Professor, University of Canberra
  • 2014–2017
    Associate professor, University of Canberra
  • 2011–2013
    Senior lecturer, University of Canberra
  • 2010–2011
    Lecturer, University of Canberra
  • 2007–2011
    Research Analyst/Senior Research Analyst, Australian Institute of Criminology


  • 2014 
    University of Canberra, Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education
  • 2008 
    University of Tasmania, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2002 
    University of New South Wales, Master of Laws (Criminal Justice)
  • 2000 
    College of Law, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
  • 1999 
    University of New South Wales, Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws

Research Areas

  • Criminal Law And Procedure (180110)
  • Criminology (1602)


Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, 2018 ACT Woman Lawyer of the Year - Community & Academic