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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 conducts both quantitative and qualitative research in a wide range of areas related to the justice system. Research is highly applied, of public benefit and informs teaching and learning.

Current projects focus on investigations - including investigative interviewing, decision-making in investigations, ethical conduct of investigations and lay and professional understanding of investigative powers and laws of evidence.

The Centre has particular expertise in applying linguistic analytic methods to law, justice and policing and developing insights into the interviewing process to assist investigators obtain the best information and evidence for prosecuting a case or complaint.

Other research areas include:

  • How professional practice develops and how policies and legislation are translated into practice to ensure good governance and effective and ethical public and private sector organisations;
  • Public understanding of justice policy and practice, specifically in child support, and the financial, social and psychological experience of "second families";
  • The application of the Trade Practices Act to a variety of employment contexts;
  • The intersection of health law and electronic media, e.g. the secure storage of medical records examining ethical and legal implications of this novel area;
  • The latest international pedagogical approaches to training police recruits - collaborating with the Western Australian Police Academy;
  • Perceptions of "everyday" risk by police officers and community corrections officers to contribute to understandings of decision making in challenging work settings. Methods developed will have applicability to other areas of professional practice in law and justice, such as corrective services.

Current projects:

  • Drug Use Monitoring Australia (DUMA) with the Australian Institute of Criminology and Western Australia Police, collecting information about drug use from police detainees. This parallels national data collection contributing to our understanding of drug use and the drug use and crime nexus;
  • Whistle While They Work a collaborative project with Griffith University and the Australian National University and several integrity agencies in Australia examining "whistleblower" legislation and practice;
  • An evaluation, in collaboration with the City of Gosnells, of an innovative crime prevention project building on community social capacity funded by the Commonwealth Attorney General.


Dr Pamela Henry
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5415

Centre for Retirement Incomes and Financial Education Research
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