Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology


Pacific Criminology


Moses Faleolo
Victoria University of Wellington

Miranda Forsyth
Australian National University


Pacific ways of theorising crime, violence, justice, security, victimisation, and peace are largely hidden currents beneath the visible surface of criminology developed in other parts of the world. We seek to create a space for these currents to surface and converge in productive and energising ways. This thematic group raises the profile, scholarship, and research acumen of the region by showcasing the voices and contributions to the criminological landscape about, and from, the Pacific Islands and the Pacific Indigenous diaspora. Pacific Criminology is not only a movement but an alternative way of justice theorising and responding to crime, criminalisation and punishment.  It actively embraces justice, care and accountability models based on Pacific worldviews and lived experiences.


Henrietta McNeill – Australian National University
James Mehigan – Canterbury University
Loene Howes – University of Tasmania
Tamasailau Suaalii – University of Auckland
John Scott – Queensland University of Technology
Judy Putt – Australian national University
Christopher Cuneen – University of Technology Sydney
Bomai Witne – Queensland University of Technology
Danielle Watson – Queensland University of Technology
Mai Sato – Monash University
Lindy Kanan – University of the Sunshine Coast
Ashley Kyne – Simon Fraser University
Craig Jones – Queensland University of Technology
Alice Mills – University of Auckland
Susann Wiedlitzka – University of Auckland
Sinclair Dinnen – Australian National University
Anouk Ride – Australian National University

Last Updated: November 2023

Group Established: 2023

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