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Sellenger Centre for Research in Law, Justice and Social Change

The Sellenger Centre for Research in Law, Justice and Social Change focuses on the production and delivery of high impact, applied and relevant research, education, training and development in specialised areas of law, justice and social change. This School of Arts and Humanities centre engages in research that seeks to provide evidence base to guide the transformation of legal and social systems.

Funding comes from the School of Arts and Humanities, competitive research grants, consultancies and service teaching. The Sellenger Centre works closely with the private and public sectors and local, national and international organisations that are involved in the industries associated with the delivery of law, justice, and policing.

By harnessing the specialised expertise of relevant University and industry participants, the Sellenger Centre is well positioned to provide research and training associated with the delivery of law, justice, and policing.

Vision

The Sellenger Centre aims to become a leader in the production and delivery of research specialising in discrete areas of law, justice and social change. It will adopt a social justice perspective and produce research in collaboration with experts within and outside the University. By harnessing the specialised expertise of relevant University and industry participants, the Sellenger Centre aims to develop a reputation for excellence in the delivery of its products. Research produced by the Sellenger Centre will be applied, relevant and have a high impact on communities of focus. Sellenger Centre outputs consist of high quality academic publications and technical working reports produced through the centre’s commercial arm.

Mission

In collaboration with the wider University and relevant industries, the Sellenger Centre engages in research and consultancy that meet the needs of the legal fraternity, police, local government and the general communities that they serve.

Values

The Sellenger Centre engages in research and consultancy grounded in a social justice perspective. Therefore, the activities of the Centre are intended to facilitate fairness and better outcomes for the communities of interest. All Centre activities will be applied, relevant and of high impact.

Industry partnerships

  • Western Australia Police
  • Department of Corrective Services
  • Department of Attorney General
  • Corruption and Crime Commission of Western Australia
  • WA Law Society

William Charles Sellenger

The name Sellenger comes from William Charles Sellenger whose values are consistent with the purpose of all Centre research initiatives.“William Charles Sellenger was the first non-commissioned Police Officer in WA to become Chief Inspector. Acquiring this status was unlikely as he was the son of a convicted felon, poor and Catholic in a society that was class based, Anglican and hierarchical. When he retired in 1928 he had effected many positive changes within the Police Force and society in general. Those changes improved the lives of many citizens, including the underprivileged, Indigenous people and those within minority groups. He was never content to allow prejudice and injustice go unchallenged and constantly pursued fair treatment for all citizens regardless of their race or religion. Throughout his life, he fearlessly pursued justice and social change, not only legally, but morally and ethically.” (Froyland, 2001).

Our staff

The Sellenger Centre for Research in Law, Justice and Social Change includes staff members who have teaching, research and industry experience relative to law and justice. Staff members include:

  • Associate Professor Pamela Henry (Director)
  • Dr Adrian Scott (Associate Director)
  • Dr Cath Ferguson (Post Doctoral Research Fellow)
  • Mrs Nikki Rajakaruna (Lecturer/Researcher)
  • Ms Jane Tudor Owen (Criminal Justice Review Project Coordinator)
  • Professor Ray Bull (Adjunct Professor)
  • Dr Charl Crous (Adjunct Associate Professor)
  • Professor Barbara Etter (Adjunct Professor)
  • Assistant Commissioner Alf Fordham (Adjunct Associate Professor)
  • Dr Jeff Gavin (Adjunct Researcher)
  • Dr Vince Hughes (Adjunct Researcher)

Current projects

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