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Location Griffith University, Griffith Criminology Institute
App. deadline 03/10/2017
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Eligibility Australian residents only

Computational Approaches for Identifying Emerging Crime Trends

Founded in 2015, the establishment of the Griffith Criminology Institute (GCI) reflects the culmination and solidification of the community of criminology, crime and justice scholars from across the University who collectively represent one of the largest, most vibrant and high performing criminology communities in the world.

Our vision is to produce cutting-edge knowledge that helps create safe, just, well-governed and equitable societies.

Prospective Research Higher Degree students are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship with the Griffith Criminology Institute. Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship and Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship applications are currently open, closing Tuesday 3 October 2017. These Scholarship opportunities each provide a living allowance of approximately $26,682 per annum.

GCI Strategic Priorities and Top-up Funding

A GCI funded Scholarship Top-up (valued at $6,000 per annum) is available for an outstanding student working project outlined below. Applicants must meet the University’s selection criteria for entry into the PhD programme and be awarded a Scholarship to qualify for GCI Top-up funding. If you would like to discuss this opportunity further please contact the supervisory team for the relevant project. Top-ups are available for four other projects relating to areas of strategic importance - click here for further details.

How to Apply

After reviewing the PhD project below, prospective applicants should make contact with the relevant supervisory team and ensure that details of the project are included in their Scholarship application. Contact must be made with the relevant supervisory team by 5pm Monday 25 September 2017. Where multiple enquires are received for a single PhD Project Topic, the supervisory team will notify the preferred candidate by Wednesday 27 September 2017 in order to allow submission of the Scholarship application. Only one GCI Top-up will be offered per selected topic area.

To apply for a scholarship, follow the process for submitting an online application outlined on the Griffith University website; The GCI will review the full scholarship application via the usual round assessment process and will make recommendations for Scholarships and Top-ups which align with the selected topics below.

PhD Project

Project Title: Computational Approaches for Identifying Emerging Crime Trends

Strategic Priority: Future Harms

Supervisory Team:

Dr Daniel Birks (Email: Phone: (07) 3735 5728)

Professor Michael Townsley (Email: Phone: (07) 3735 1025)

Project Descriptio:

An outstanding cross-disciplinary doctoral candidate is sought to undertake studies in a broader project focused on the changing nature of crime and policing in the 21st century.

Over the last 25 years crime has changed dramatically, with significant reductions in many traditional offences such as burglary seen across most westernised democracies, and rapid increases in new crimes or means of committing crime (e.g. cybercrime) emerging rapidly. Over the same time, there have been parallel increases in the quantity and quality of data routinely collected by policing agencies, and computational analytical methods capable of transforming these data into meaningful knowledge.

This PhD will devise and evaluate a range of computational methods aimed at analysing large quantities of police recorded crime data to prospectively identify emerging crime problems. It is expected that the research will involve application of a range of social science analytics including spatio-temporal crime analyses, social network analyses, natural language processing and machine learning. In addition, it will be directly supported by the Social Analytics Laboratory, a $1million enterprise class secure facility that provides essential infrastructure for the storage and advanced analyses of sensitive administrative data (Police, Ambulance etc.) for both research and higher degree teaching purposes.

Strong quantitative research skills, ideally  in the application of computational analytics, are highly desirable.

Other Important information:

The successful applicant will join an innovative team of cross-discplinary researchers at the Griffith Criminology Institute who are undertaking criminological research on new trends in crime and policing.

As a doctoral student, you will develop expertise in cutting edge criminology and scholarship, gain experience in research design and methods, and produce insights that may lead to improved police effectiveness.

Applicants should be available to start in early 2018 and have the following attributes:

  • an undergraduate degree with first class honours in an appropriate discipline (such as computer science, data science, mathematics, computational social science) etc.
  • Some background/experience in criminology would be advantageous but it is not essential.

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