Adjunct Professor, School of Global, Social and Urban Studies, RMIT University

Peter Norden is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Global, Social and Urban Studies at RMIT University.

He has a broad range of experience in the non-government services sector, and has worked extensively at developing and managing innovative social service programs in the community.

Peter previously worked as the Chaplain at Pentridge Prison, the Policy Director of Catholic Social Services Victoria, and the Executive Director of Jesuit Social Services. He has completed recent consultancies with the Victorian Department of Health in the area of mental health promotion, and with Anex, promoting harm minimisation in the drug and alcohol field.

He is an experienced public advocate and social commentator on issues of human rights and social justice.

In 2007, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO).

He now conducts his own consultancy service, known as "Norden Directions" ( and works as a Civil Marriage Celebrant.


  • 2011–present
    Adjunct Professor, RMIT
  • 2009–2011
    Vice Chancellor’s Fellowship, Melbourne University


  • 1985 
    Latrobe University, Master of Social Work
  • 1975 
    University of Melbourne, Diploma of Social Studies
  • 1975 
    Melbourne University, Bachelor of Arts

Research Areas

  • Crime Policy (160504)
  • Mental Health (111714)
  • Social Policy (160512)


Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) "for services to community development through social research and programs aimed at assisting marginalised young people and offenders, to the mental health sector, and to the Catholic Church in Australia".