Dr Christine M Alder

President, 1991-1993

  • BA (La Trobe) in Philosophy, M.Sc and PhD in Sociology (Oregon)
  • formerly Associate Professor, Criminology Department, University of Melbourne

Christine Alder's teaching and research interests have mainly been in the areas of juvenile justice and youth offending, and violence. Across her publications is an interest in the situation of women and girls. As well as research and publications both nationally and internationally, her community involvement includes having served as a member of the Youth Parole Board of Victoria and she is a member of school councils and program advisory committees in both youth and adult prisons, and of advisory committees to government ministers regarding the development of youth policy, and the monitoring of the implementation of new programs. She is also the Chairperson of a women's theatre group - Somebody's Daughter Theatre. Dr Alder has also served a term as editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. Dr Alder retired from the University of Melbourne in 2004.

Dr Christine Alder has made a leading contribution to the development of Australian and New Zealand criminology through her pioneering research on gender, crime and justice, drawing international recognition to Australian criminological research in the 1980s and 1990s, her collaboration with practitioners in criminal justice reform and through her work in mentoring future generations of criminologists.

Christine M Alder Book Prize

The Christine M Alder Book Prize is awarded biennially for an outstanding monograph or book which, in the opinion of the judges, has made a valuable and outstanding contribution to criminology. For more information on this award click here.