Research Consultant; Research Assistant, Queensland University of Technology

Dr Zoe Staines is an independent research consultant and a Senior Research Assistant and Sessional Academic at the Queensland University of Technology's School of Justice. 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 Indigenous governance, policy, evaluation and developmental crime prevention. She holds degrees, including a PhD, in criminology.


  • 2017–present
    Research Consultant, Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership
  • 2007–present
    Sessional Academic / Research, Queensland University of Technology (School of Justice)
  • 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