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Miss Suzanne Ellis


Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2312
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO4.234c  

Suzanne (Suz) Ellis is a Lecturer, Researcher and Higher Degrees Supervisor (Criminology) in the School of Arts and Humanities.

Current Teaching

  • CRI1103 Criminology
  • CRI2110 Research Methods II
  • CRI3205 Professional ethics, accountability and integrity


  • On completion of her BA (Hons) Criminology degree in Scotland, Suz joined Police Scotland and worked as a Police Custody and Security Officer. Upon immigrating to Australia, Suz gained employment at ECU as the Site Co-Ordinator for the Drug Use Monitoring Australia project and ECU’s Forensic Interview Team. She has extensive experience in survey building and administration, interviewing offenders and analysis of qualitative data.
  • Suz’s teaching has encompassed a range of areas in Criminology including The Criminal Justice Process, Psychology of Criminal Behaviour, Minority Groups as Victims and Offenders, Professional ethics and Qualitative research methods.
  • Suz is currently undertaking her PhD utilising a qualitative case study method to investigate the Children’s Court Drug Court in Perth. She is also supervising students at Honours and Masters level in areas of drug and alcohol and youth justice. Her research focus is in youth justice with particular interest in family experiences of youth justice; drug and alcohol use; mental health; and detention centres.
  • Suz also runs the Crim Connect: Postgrad group, a peer support group for students studying criminology at a higher degree level.

Professional Associations

  • 2017 - Present: Member ANZSOC (Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology).


  • 2017: ECU Higher Degree by Research Scholarship.

Research areas and interests

  • Young offenders and youth justice
  • Drugs and crime
  • Mental health
  • Prisons
  • Therapeutic jurisprudence
  • Public perceptions of crime
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Postgraduate student experience.

Technical reports

  • Gately, N., McCue., J., & Ellis, S. (2017). Voices of young people who offend, insight into modus operandi and lived experiences. Funded by WA Police and Industry Collaborative Grant) In collaboration with WA Police, The Children’s Court of Western Australia and Simon Fraser University, Vancouver (in progress).
  • Gately, N., Ellis, S., & McCue., J. (2016). “Tough on Crime?” How information shapes public support for the Children’s Court Drug Court (In collaboration with Magistrate Horrigan, Judge Reynolds and the Children’s Court of Western Australia).
  • Gately, N., Ferguson, C., Ellis, S. & Cock. R. (2016). The Prisoners Review Board of Western Australia: What do the public know about parole? A report prepared for the Prisoners Review Board of Western Australia.
  • Gately, N., McCue, J. & Ellis, S. (2015).LINKS Program Utilisation Study. A report prepared for the Mental Health Commission of Western Australia.
  • Gately, N. & Ellis, S. (2014). Offenders on Offending: An overview of detainee self- reported behaviours in Western Australia. A report prepared for the Western Australia Police.
  • Gately, N. & Ellis, S. (2014). An overview of reports of motor vehicle theft in Western Australia. A report prepared for the Western Australia Police.



  • The relationship between fear of crime and Facebook news consumption: a quantitative analysis.
  • Understanding the experiences of parents with non-convicted antisocial young people in an Australian sample.
  • Motivated reasoning and recreational drug use: The lived experiences of young adults in Western Australia.


  • Drug users’ experiences of a residential rehabilitation program in Western Australia.
  • The Effectiveness of Juvenile Sexual Offender Treatment Programs in Australia and New Zealand: A Systematic Review.


  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminology with First Class Honours, Scotland, 2012.


Recent Research Grants

  • Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) data collection services in Western Australia,  Australian Institute of Criminology,  National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund,  2017 - 2021,  $524,592.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Gately, N., Ellis, S., McCue, J., Horrigan, A., (2018), 'Tough on crime?’ How information shapes public support for the Children’s Court Drug Court. Journal of Applied Youth Studies, 2(4), 71-83, Tasmania.
  • Ellis, S., Gately, N., Rogers, S., Horrigan, A., (2018), Give Them a Chance: Public Attitudes to Sentencing Young Offenders in Western Australia. Youth Justice: an international journal, 18(2), 169-187, DOI: 10.1177/1473225418791660.
  • Gately, N., Ellis, S., Britton, K., Fleming, T., (2017), Understanding and Overcoming Barriers: Learning Experiences of Undergraduate Sudanese Students at an Australian University. International Journal of Higher Education, 6(2), 121-132, Toronto, Canada, Sciedu Press, DOI: 10.5430/ijhe.v6n2p121.
  • Gately, N., Ferguson, C., Ellis, S., Cock, R., (2017), The Prisoners Review Board of Western Australia: What Do the Public Know about Parole?. Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 28(3), 293-310, Sydney, NSW, Sydney Institute of Criminology.
  • Gately, N., Ellis, S., Morris, R., (2016), Drug Use Monitoring in Australia: An expansion into the Pilbara. Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, 2016(504), 1-13.


  • Gately, N., Ellis, S., Morris, R., (2016), Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA): An expansion into the Pilbara, Western Australia. National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund, 61, , Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Criminal Justice by Research,  Drug users' experiences of a residential rehabilitation program in Western Australia: A thematic analysis of drug users lived exeriences
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