How to academia: a School of Justice Podcast

How to academia lets you into the minds and experiences of staff and students of QUT School of Justice. We talk research, crime, current issues, and how to deal with being a professional who is human.

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Wednesday Jul 12, 2023

Sometimes laws are created with the best of intents but end up causing disadvantage and harm. Gina and Rebecca are sisters, Gubbi Gubbi Wakka Wakka women, strong feminist women, women taking on international conventions. Gina and Rebecca's passion, drive, determination, and care for making the world a better place is so evident in this episode. If you're looking for some inspiration, here it is.
This podcast was developed with support from the Queensland University of Technology.
Jodi Death (it rhymes with “teeth”): @jodi_death
Kelsey Adams: @Kelsey_L_Adams
QUT Centre for Justice: @CrimeJusticeQUT
Content warning
Discussion of domestic violence, abuse; some brief descriptions of violent injuries from DV
Mentions and Show Notes
Gina’s PhD Thesis: The Impacts on the Lives of Women and Children Who Have Experienced Domestic and Family Violence and Been Subject to the Hague Convention Legal Process (2022)
QUT’s Centre for Justice
Most of the time, you mean “disadvantaged”, not “vulnerable”
Intergenerational trauma and the Stolen Generations
Cool burning, traditional burning, fuel reduction burning and back burning
Voice to Parliament
Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction
Gina’s interviews with ABC Radio and FiLiA
Her Hague Story
JSB224 - Understanding Trauma in Criminology (QUT)
Favourite theorists:
Alice Walker - The Color Purple
Aileen Moreton-Robinson - articles from Wikipedia and QUT
Chelsea Watego - articles from Wikipedia and QUT (executive director of the Carumba Institute)

Thursday Jun 22, 2023

Many of us in the Humanities research in areas we are passionate about because of personal experiences and interests. Managing bias means acknowledging and accounting for this - not ignoring it. It's not always easy and sometimes it's joyous. In this episode I talk to two young Muslim women of colour who research in violent extremism. These are important voices and we're pleased to share them with you.
This podcast was developed with support from the Queensland University of Technology.
Benafsha Askarzai: @BenafshaAskar
Jodi Death (it rhymes with “teeth”): @jodi_death
Kelsey Adams: @Kelsey_L_Adams
QUT Centre for Justice: @CrimeJusticeQUT
Mentions and Show Notes
The burqa ban in Australia
Wikipedia article
Video by Britannica
Pauline Hanson’s, um, response
Great Replacement theory
Sharia law
Favourite subjects in criminology at QUT:
 PYB215 Forensic Psychology and the Law
 JSB272 Theories of Crime
Favourite theorists/theory:
Gresham Sykes and David Matza - techniques of neutralisation. Summary and original article.
Jodi Death (it rhymes with “teeth”): @jodi_death
Shi’a and Sunni Muslims - their similarities and differences and a brief overview of their history and tension
Qur'an 4:34: “But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance - [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them.”
Thomas Hobbes: “...and which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” Leviathan, 1651 (in his discussion of what human life would be like in the absence of leadership or government)
The Crucible
Favourite theorist/theory/piece of work:
Saadat Hasan Manto, especially his book Kaali Shalwar (1961), which was later adapted as a film, Kali Salwar (2002)

Tuesday May 30, 2023

I firmly believe librarians are the dragons of knowledge. They hoard it, they know where to find the treasures, and they will joyfully share their wisdom and resources with you if you just ask nicely. You don't even have to ask nicely because libraries just put out maps to their, not so secret, hoards. Sandra Fry is another of my favourite QUT colleagues and she has had quite the journey getting to us. Former court reporter Sandra knows all the good things about crime and criminal justice. Listen in to hear Sandra tell us about her time with the ABC as a journalist, surviving a cancer cluster, and all the good things offered by the QUT library. Then go visit a librarian and ask them to share their joy in knowledge with you - they have such shiny things!
This podcast was developed with support from the Queensland University of Technology.
Sandra Fry: @Fryzy68
Jodi Death (it rhymes with “teeth”): @jodi_death
Kelsey Adams: @Kelsey_L_Adams
QUT Centre for Justice: @CrimeJusticeQUT 
Mentions and Show Notes
QUT Library
HDR (higher degree research) programs at QUT
AIRS program
Community access to the QUT Library
Breast cancer cluster at the ABC
Triple A
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Final report
Final report recommendations
Joanne McCarthy at the Newcastle Herald
Four Corners
Equity (and how it’s different from equality)

Tuesday May 16, 2023

It's that time of semester, assessments are becoming overwhelming and you may not be getting the grades you want - which could mean anything from not passing to just not quite getting to that HD (7). We've got you covered! Amanda Brown not only has a law degree and a deep enthusiasm for justice, she also knows how to put words together to get you that HD... or P. Mandy is pone of those people who are so easy to speak with and will leave you feeling like you've found some joy in your day even when the skies are drizzly.
This podcast was developed with support from the Queensland University of Technology.
Jodi Death (it rhymes with “teeth”): @jodi_death
Kelsey Adams: @Kelsey_L_Adams
QUT Centre for Justice: @CrimeJusticeQUT
Mentions and Show Notes
If students want to book in with SSG Language & Learning, STEM & Careers Educators for assistance
If students need help with mental or physical well being
Passive vs active voice in writing
QUT Library Support homepage and how the library helps students
QUT Support for Students which covers:
Financial support
Support for international students
Language, learning and study support
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student success
Disability and accessibility services
Development opportunities
LGBTIQA+ support
Health services
QUT Career Advisers
QUT Student Success Group
That time Gough Whitlam made university free and the broader history of tertiary fees in Australia
IRAC writing structure in law (also helpful for everyone):
ISAACS model for legal problem-solving:
Identify a legal Issue arising from the facts
State the relevant law and the
Authority for it
Apply the law to the facts
Come to a Conclusion on that Issue
Synthesis and Summing up
Chris Pyne “I fixed it”
Jodi’s work on the family law court:
Death, J., Ferguson, C. & Burgess, K. (2019). Parental alienation, coaching and the best interests of the child: Allegations of child sexual abuse in the Family Court of Australia. Child Abuse and Neglect, 94, 1–10.
Amanda’s PhD thesis: Protection from child emotional abuse in family law parenting matters over two regimes of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth): Policy, legislation and judicial reasoning (2017)
Child emotional abuse
Family court and family law
Parental alienation - overview and in family law context

Monday Apr 24, 2023

Dean has been productively loitering around the School of Justice for years now! He's one of those guys that I have hear excellent things about but have never really sat down and had a chat with. We fixed that recently and want to share it with you. Dean has another unique career trajectory that has resulted in  a whole lot of really great advice on figuring out where you might fit. Dean is a former QPS officer who worked in the Fraud Squad and the Sexual Assault and Child Protection time. Grab a cuppa and come and enjoy this chat I had with Dean!
Dean Biron’s work at The Monthly and Arena
Jodi Death (it rhymes with “teeth”): @jodi_death
Kelsey Adams: @Kelsey_L_Adams
QUT Centre for Justice: @CrimeJusticeQUT
Mentions and Show Notes
TV shows
The Professionals
Starsky and Hutch
Homicide (to access episodes, click here)
“The Joh Era” - Sir Joh Bjelke-Peterson
CCC (Crime and Corruption Commission Queensland)
John Scott (our Head of School at the School of Justice)
Child Death Review Board
Campbell Newman
Robert Peel, father of the nine Peelian principles of policing

Wednesday Mar 29, 2023

It's important to have friends in academia - people who understand your jam. I think I am really fortunate to have found Rachel at ANZSOC in 2022. Rachel is doing some really excellent work in the sexual violence space including work on alternative reporting mechanisms. I also really appreciate Rachel's willingness to step up into leadership when it is not always appreciated or seen. Go find some friends who get your jam - but first listen to this lovely episode and smile along with us.
This podcast was developed with support from the Queensland University of Technology.
Connect (Twitter)
Rachel Loney-Howes: @rloneyhowes
Jodi Death (it rhymes with “teeth”): @jodi_death
Kelsey Adams: @Kelsey_L_Adams
QUT Centre for Justice: @CrimeJusticeQUT
Mentions and Show Notes
University of Wollongong
The Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC)
ANZSOC Conference (next one will be in Melbourne, 6-8 December 2023)
Alternative reporting options for sexual violence survivors in Australia - an overview
Queensland - Alternative reporting option (ARO) - online form
New South Wales - Sexual assault reporting option (SARO) - online form (can also be downloaded as a PDF and emailed to
“It takes research 15-17 years for research to be translated into practice and policy.” Some sources:
There’s a 17-year lag in translating health research into interventions
Discussions of research translation in health and humanities
Leanne Liddle - Director of the Aboriginal Justice Unit (NT) and Australian of the Year 2022 (gave the keynote Address at ANZSOC 2022)
Angela Higginson - President of ANZSOC
Susanne Wiedlitzka  - Aotearoa New Zealand Vice-President of ANZSOC 
Bianca Fileborn 
#MeToo and the Politics of Social Change, edited by by Rachel Loney-Howes and Bianca Fileborn (2019)
Rachel’s PhD thesis: “Being heard…being seen…being believed” The politics of recognition in online anti-rape activism (2017)
Tully O’Neill (Lecturer in Criminology in the La Trobe Law School at La Trobe University)
Criminology Research Grant (CRG)
“Public survivors” mentioned:
Grace Tame
Brittany Higgins
Rosie Batty
Let Her Speak (now Let Us Speak) Campaign
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse - overview and final report
That photo of Grace Tame standing next to Scott Morrison
Kathleen McPhillips
The origin of #MeToo
Co-design methodology
Favourite theorist/theory/body of work:
Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (2006)
Nicola Gavey’s Just Sex?: The Cultural Scaffolding of Rape (2019; second edition)
Michel Foucault  
Simone de Beauvoir
La Trobe University

Monday Mar 06, 2023

A politician walks into a bar... well it was my office but here was still laughter and good times. I thoroughly enjoyed recording this episode with Brett. I think this is an excellent testament to Brett's intelligence, good humour, and ability to engage with people across all walks of life.  Brett has had a really interesting career and is wonderfully reflective and enthusiastic about his achievements and all the challenges that have come along the way. I am really grateful to Brett for allowing me such free range and not flinching from my questioning.
Brett Mason
Jodi Death (it rhymes with “teeth”): @jodi_death
Kelsey Adams: @Kelsey_L_Adams
QUT Centre for Justice: @CrimeJusticeQUT
Mentions and Show Notes
Brett’s book: Wizards of Oz: How Oliphant and Florey helped win the war and shape the modern world (2022)
Inquiries and commissions:
Costigan Commission (i.e. the Royal Commission on the Activities of the Federated Ship Painters and Dockers Union) - 1980-84
The Fitzgerald Inquiry (i.e. the Commission of Inquiry into Possible Illegal Activities and Associated Police Misconduct) - 1987-89
Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody - 1987-91
The Bringing Them Home Report, about the Stolen Generations (i.e. the Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families) - 1995-97
Terms and parties:
Parliament of Australia, which has two houses, the House of Representatives and the Senate
Glossary of State Parliament terms - minister, shadow minister, backbenchers, oh my
Liberal party - their website and more info
Labor party - their website and more info
Crossing the floor - what it is and why Labor party members can’t do it - in short:
“...Labor MPs are bound by a formal party pledge to support the collective decisions of their parliamentary caucus. To flout the pledge is to risk expulsion from the party. The last MP to ignore such warnings was Western Australia's Graeme Campbell. He lost his ALP endorsement in 1995, and his seat, as an independent, in the House of Representatives in 1998.” Sydney Morning Herald, 2006  
Democratic Labour Party
Westminster system
Cast of characters in Aussie politics:
Kevin Rudd (and his statement containing a mention of Queensland potentially becoming the Alabama of Australia)
Sir Joh (and his political downfall)
Peter Coaldrake
Trevor Evans
John Howard
Tony Abbott
George Brandis
Malcolm Turnbull
Julie Bishop
Bob Hawke (did you know that before becoming prime minister of Australia, he set a world record by drinking 1.4 litres of beer in 11 seconds?)
Penny Wong
Who’s your favourite prime minister?
John Howard
Robert Menzies
John Curtin
Bob Hawke
Paul Keating

Tuesday Feb 21, 2023

We're back and so excited about what we're going to bring to you in 2023. We're starting the year with one of our excellent former students Katie. Katie is building a career in investigations with the private sector. I had no idea that there was a whole industry investigating trademark violations - but of course there is! I loved hearing about Katie's experiences and how she is using skills she learned in the Justice degree to build a career. 
This podcast was developed with support from the Queensland University of Technology.
Jodi Death (it rhymes with “teeth”): @jodi_death
 Kelsey Adams: @Kelsey_L_Adams
QUT Centre for Justice: @CrimeJusticeQUT
Mentions and Show Notes
Trademark Investigation Services
Job opportunities pages (Australia):
CareerHub (needs student login - available for QUT as well as most other Australian universities)
QUT Student Success Group
JSB272 Theories of Crime - second-year unit in QUT’s Bachelor of Justice
Techniques of neutralisation

Monday Dec 12, 2022

We're super excited about visiting scholars here in the School of Justice. We recently welcomed Lucia from Palacký University Olomouc, Chechia. Lucia is a geographer. Yes, you read that right, a geographer! Lucia's research looks at how people view public space and fear of crime. Tune in to hear me nail some geography speak and Lucia talk about working across disciplines, travelling the world, running in the dark, and figuring out life balance.
In other news, we're taking a break for Christmas. We'll be back in the new year with more adjuncts, researchers, students, and interesting people talking How to Academia.
This podcast was developed with support from the Queensland University of Technology.
Lucia: @LBrisudova
Jodi Death (it rhymes with “teeth”): @jodi_death
Kelsey Adams: @Kelsey_L_Adams
QUT Centre for Justice: @CrimeJusticeQUT
Mentions and Show Notes 
Mapping topo-ambivalent places for the purposes of strategic planning of urban space. The case of Šternberk, the Czech Republic by Lucia Brisudová, Petr Simacek & Miloslav Šerý (2020)
Topophilic and topophobic
Dr Johnny Huck
Dr Reka Solymosi
Behavioural geography
ArcGIS and R
Dr Helen Kara
Favourite theorist/theory: behavioural geographer Yi-Fu Tuan

Wednesday Nov 09, 2022

Brodie knows about so many things I have no clue about - spreadsheets, being good at admin, finance.... More importantly this chat with Brodie shows insight into the importance of taking the journey of figuring out who you are, staying passionate in activism, and working with men in perpetrator programs. I loved this chat with Brodie for the honesty, the passion, and a willingness to be transparent. Brodie also gives us some insight into the importance of value alignment in employability. 
*language warning
This podcast was developed with support from the Queensland University of Technology.
Jodi Death (it rhymes with “teeth”): @jodi_death
Kelsey Adams: @Kelsey_L_Adams
QUT Centre for Justice: @CrimeJusticeQUT
Mentions and Show Notes
Duluth Model and the power and control wheel
Favourite theorist/theory:
Michel Foucault
Lundy Bancroft, especially Why Does He Do That?
Peter Singer, especially Animal Liberation
The Sexual Politics of Meat by Carol Adams

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