Professor Richard W Harding

President, 1984-1987

  • Professor Richard HardingLL B (Lond), LL M (Columbia)
  • Inspector of Custodial Services, Western Australia
  • Director, Crime Research Centre, University of Western Australia
  • Director, Australian Institute of Criminology

Professor Richard Harding was appointed as the inaugural Inspector of Custodial Services as from 1st August 2000. This is an independent office which reports directly to Parliament. He was the founding Director of the Crime Research Centre. He continues to play an active role in the Centre's teaching and research activities. Between 1984 and 1987 Professor Harding was Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology. His research interests include the use of weapons in crime, gun control, corporate crime and the privatisation of corrections. His most recent book is Private Prisons and Public Accountability (Open University Press, 1997).

Professor Harding has also had a long-standing involvement in international organisations, including United Nations bodies and the Asian and Pacific Conference of Correctional Administrators (APCCA).

The Distinguished Criminologist Award

In 2013, ANZSOC awarded Professor Harding the Distinguished Criminology Award for outstanding significant and sustained contribution to Australian or New Zealand criminology.

For more information on this award click here.