Research fellow, The University of Queensland

Dr Zoe Staines is a Research Fellow at the School of Social Science, University of Queensland. She has previously held research and policy positions in the Queensland Government, academia and in the not-for-profit sector, most recently working as a Researcher, Senior Policy Officer and Manager of Evaluation at an Indigenous non-government organisation. Zoe has a keen research interest in social policy, Indigenous governance, and evaluation. She holds degrees, including a PhD, in criminology.


  • 2018–present
    Research Fellow, University of Queensland
  • 2007–2018
    Sessional Academic / Research, Queensland University of Technology (School of Justice)
  • 2016–2018
    Research Consultant, Cape York Partnership
  • 2014–2016
    Manager of Evaluation, Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership
  • 2013–2014
    Senior Policy Officer, Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership
  • 2012–2012
    Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology (School of Justice)
  • 2011–2012
    Research Officer, Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry
  • 2010–2010
    Research Officer, Department of Premier and Cabinet (Criminal Justice Research Unit)


  • 2015 
    University of Southern Queensland, Graduate Certificate of Editing and Publishing
  • 2013 
    Queensland University of Technology (School of Justice), Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2008 
    Queensland University of Technology , Honours (Justice Studies)
  • 2006 
    Queensland University of Technology , Bachelor of Justice (with distinction)


  • 2018
    Ground-level impacts of remote employment policy: social disadvantage under the Community Development Programme, Journal of Australian Political Economy
  • 2018
    Lessons from the recent policy experience in the Indigenous community-employment sector, Australian Journal of Labour Economics
  • 2018
    Overcoming social disadvantage by investing in Indigenous teenage mothers--an integrated policy approach, Solutions Journal
  • 2013
    Students’ engagement with Facebook in a university undergraduate policing unit, Australasian Journal of Educational Technology
  • 2013
    Managing tacit investigative knowledge: measuring investigative thinking styles, Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management
  • 2013
    The use of Facebook in tertiary education: a case study of a unit-related Facebook page in a university justice class, Interactive Technology and Smart Education
  • 2012
    Career path of a corruption entrepreneur, Global Crime
  • 2011
    Capturing investigative knowledge: methodological scaffolding for measuring thinking styles of police investigators, Ministry of Home Affairs Home Team Journal
  • 2011
    Creativity in policing: building the necessary skills to solve complex and protracted investigations, Ministry of Home Affairs Home Team Journal
  • 2009
    Public sector legislation in Queensland: old or new directions, Proceedings of the 2009 IPAA National Conference

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Social Policy Association
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology