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Associate Professor Margaret Giles

Dr Margaret Giles is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Arts and Humanities.


Dr Margaret Giles was previously a Senior Lecturer (2008-2017) and Associate Professor (2017-2018) in the School of Business and Law at ECU. Margaret has worked in research, policy, and planning positions in State and Federal Governments and the not-for-profit sector, as well as in teaching and research positions within private and public universities. She is a member of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Perth-based Independent Centre for Not-for-Profit Research and a member of the Geneva-based committee of the Hegg Hoffet Fund for Displaced Women Graduates.

Professional associations

  • Economic Society of Australia, Member and Committee Member (WA Council)
  • Graduate Women WA, Member
  • Hegg Hoffet Fund for Displaced Women Graduates, Geneva, Switzerland, Committee Member
  • Meta-Analysis in Economics Research Network (MAER-Net) (Hendrix College, Arkansas, US), Member

Awards and recognition

  • 2017 - Promoted to Associate Professor
  • 2012 - Dean’s Award for an A* Journal publication
  • 2012 - Best Paper (with P. Williams) at the 2012 Global Telehealth Conference, Sydney, November
  • 2009 - Inaugural Dean’s Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning
  • 2008 - Joint winner of the Nina Buscombe Award from the Motor Neurone Disease Association of Victoria

Research areas and interests

  • Determining the effectiveness of correctional education and training (with WA Department of Corrective Services)
  • Evaluating telehealth initiatives (with ECU and Silver Chain)
  • Labour economics including human capital and economic growth effects of education
  • Correcting for selection bias in the estimation of regression equations using Heckman’s two stage technique and the Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition method
  • Meta regression analysis and correction for publication bias in quantitative systematic reviews


  • Doctor of Philosphy, The University of Western Australia, 2003.
  • Master of Economics, The University of Western Australia, 1990.
  • Bachelor of Economics, The University of Western Australia, 1977.


Recent Research Grants

  • Preventing mortality in adults after release from prison: Advancing global knowledge through an international, individual participant data meta-analysis,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Murdoch Children's Research Institute,  2018 - 2020,  $11,036.
  • The Impact of Fitness Levels and Leisure-Time Exercise Patterns on the Risk of Occupational Musculoskeletal Disorders among New Graduate Registered Nurses in Western Australia,  WA Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust,  Grant,  2014 - 2018,  $8,737.
  • A Future Beyond the Wall: Improving Post-release Employment Outcomes for People Leaving Prison,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Projects),  2015 - 2017,  $1,658,760.
  • The economic and social impacts of contemporary music in Western Australia (WAM project),  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Capability Enhancement Scheme - 2015 or earlier,  2015 - 2016,  $28,410.
  • External Evaluation of the Industry Skills Centre Program, Victoria Prisons,  Department of Justice and Regulation,  Industry Skills Centre (ISC),  2013 - 2015,  $84,443.
  • Welfare and recidivism outcomes of in-prison education and training,  Australian Institute of Criminology,  Criminology Research Grant,  2013 - 2014,  $96,170.
  • Labour market outcomes of education and training during incarceration.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2012 (Round 1),  2011 - 2013,  $40,191.
  • Labour market outcomes of education and training during incarceration,  Department of Corrective Services WA,  Grant,  2011 - 2012,  $10,000.
  • Contract to Investigate Mechanisms and Costs Associated with Establishing a Sustainable Road Trauma Support Service in Western Australia,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2010,  $35,000.
  • Support services for people with intellectual disability: the cost of meeting and not meeting the need,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Projects),  2008 - 2010,  $186,917.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Borschmann, R., Giles, M., Tibble, H., Spittal, M., Preen, D., Perkis, J., Larney, S., Rosen, D., Young, J., Love, A., (2020), The Mortality After Release from Incarceration Consortium (MARIC): Protocol for a multi-national, individual participant data meta-analysis. International Journal of Population Data Science, 5(1), 6-13, DOI: 10.23889/ijpds.v5i1.1145.
  • Cale, J., Day, A., Casey, S., Bright, D., Wodak, J., Giles, M., Baldry, E., (2019), Australian prison vocational education and training and returns to custody among male and female ex-prisoners: A cross jurisdictional study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 52(1), 129-147, UK, DOI: 10.1177/0004865818779418.
  • Newton, D., Day, A., Giles, M., Wodak, J., Graffam, J., Baldry, E., (2018), The Impact of Vocational Education and Training Programs on Recidivism: A Systematic Review of Current Experimental Evidence. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 62(1), 187-207, DOI: 10.1177/0306624X16645083.
  • Coventry, L., Pickles, S., Ong, M., Barnard, M., Giles, M., Murray, K., Twigg, D., (2017), Impact of the Orthopaedic Nurse Practitioner Role on Acute Hospital Length of Stay and Cost-savings for Patients with Hip Fracture: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 73(11), 2652-2663, West Sussex, United Kingdom, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, DOI: 10.1111/jan.13330.
  • Giles, M., (2016), Study in prison reduces recidivism and welfare dependence: A case study from Western Australia 2005–2010. Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, 514(April), 1-9.
  • Giles, M., Paris, L., Whale, J., (2016), The role of art education in adult prisons: the Western Australian experience. International Review of Education, 62(6), 689-709, Springer Netherlands, DOI: 10.1007/s11159-016-9604-3.
  • McWilliams, T., Hendricks, J., Twigg, D., Wood, F., Giles, M., (2016), Telehealth for paediatric burn patients in rural areas: a retrospective audit of activity and cost savings. Burns, 42(7), 1487 – 1493, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.burns.2016.03.001.
  • Giles, M., Larsen, A., Whale, J., (2015), Carving Out Employment Futures for Aboriginal Ex-prisoners in the Resource Sector. Australian Bulletin of Labour, 41(1), 38-57, Flinders University, Adelaide, National Institute of Labour Studies.
  • Giles, M., Thomas, M., Lewin, G., (2015), Ageing intensifies the care needs of adults living with Parkinson's Disease and their carers. Ageing International: information bulletin of the International Federation on Ageing, 40(4), 338-352, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s12126-014-9217-8.
  • Pugh, J., Twigg, D., Giles, M., Myers, H., Gelder, L., Davis, S., King, M., (2015), Impact and costs of home-based trial of void compared with the day care setting. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 71(3), 559-569, United Kingdom, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, DOI: 10.1111/jan.12525.
  • Twigg, D., Myers, H., Duffield, C., Giles, M., Doleman, G., (2015), Is there an economic case for investing in nursing care - what does the literature tell us?. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 71(5), 975-990, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/jan.12577.


  • Giles, M., Whale, J., (2016), Welfare and recidivism outcomes of in-prison education and training., Australia, Criminology Research Grants.
  • Powell, R., Ryan, M., Lambert, C., Cooper, T., Giles, M., Hope, C., (2016), Report for WA Music: Preliminary Economic Impact of the Music Industry in WA., Joondalup, WA, Edith Cowan University.

Research Student Supervision

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Master by Research: Contribution of education to economic growth in Australia
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The progress of anomie in Australia between 2001 and 2011
  • Master of Criminal Justice by Research,  An investigation of mobile phone use while driving: An application of the theory of planned behavior

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Facebook: Where privacy and social needs collide
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Older indigent women’s economic crimes: Subsuming feminism in favour of a human rights explanation
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Social justice for sex trafficked females and sex workers in jordan
  • Master of Criminal Justice by Research,  Reading between the crimes: Online media’s representation of Aboriginal and torres strait islander people’s interaction with the criminal justice system in post-apology australia
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