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Location Griffith University, Griffith Criminology Institute
App. deadline 02/10/2018
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Engaging Muslims in the fight against terrorism: A procedural justice policing perspective

Griffith University hosts one of the largest, most vibrant, and high-performing criminology research communities in the world.  At the Griffith Criminology Institute (GCI) internationally-renowned scholars are collaborating in a broad range of areas to produce cutting edge knowledge that helps create safe, just, well-governed and equitable societies. Our research aims to address the major challenges that confront society and is organised around themes and projects which currently include: violence prevention, life course studies, prevention science, policing, corrections, innovative justice, procedural justice, vulnerable families, prosecutions, justice in the Asia-Pacific, investigative interviewing and countering violent extremism.

Prospective Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students are invited to apply for a PhD Scholarship with the Griffith Criminology Institute. Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship, Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship and Griffith University Indigenous Australian Postgraduate Research Scholarship applications are currently open, closing Tuesday 2 October 2018. These Scholarship opportunities each provide a living allowance of approximately $27,082 (2018 rate, indexed annually) per annum. Tuition Scholarships are also available for international HDR candidates.

How to Apply

Prospective students should follow the process for submitting an online Scholarship application outlined on the Griffith University website;

GCI Scholarship Top-up Funding

To complement the Scholarships above, GCI is offering up to 5 Top-up Scholarships each valued at $6,000 per annum, paid in addition to the usual living allowance. Applicants must meet the University’s selection criteria for entry into the PhD programme and be awarded a living allowance Scholarship to qualify for the extra GCI Top-up funding.

All students who apply for a Scholarship with GCI will be considered for top-up funding. A pre-formulated project is outlined below and additional projects are outlined in this document: Students may also undertake any other HDR project within the Institute. All Scholarship applications will be considered via the usual round assessment process and top-ups will be awarded to the highest ranked GCI candidates in the Order of Merit.

Students must contact the supervisor or supervisory team by early-September 2018 to discuss the project and develop a research proposal for inclusion with the Scholarship application. Contact details for the supervisory teams of pre-formulated projects are provided below and students may contact our members directly to discuss projects and supervisory arrangements.

Other GCI PhD Scholarships and Top-ups

Additionally, GCI is proud to support the Tony Fitzgerald Top-up Scholarship, and the Nina Westera Scholarship in Adult Investigative Interviewing. Please see the following links for further information regarding these Scholarships:

Project Title:

Engaging Muslims in the fight against terrorism: A procedural justice policing perspective

Supervisory Team:

Professor Kristina Murphy (

Kristina Murphy is Australia’s leading procedural justice policing scholar and is internationally recognised for her work in this field. She will be the lead supervisor of the PhD student, complemented by Dr Louise Porter and Early Career Scholar Dr Keiran Hardy. Kristina has extensive experience working with the Muslim community and has worked closely with the Queensland Police Service and other police agencies in Australia on implementing procedural justice into police practice.  She has also examined procedural justice within the context of counter terrorism policing.

Dr Louise Porter (

Louise Porter is a leading policing scholar in Australia and brings expertise in police use of force, internal investigations and integrity, having conducted quantitative and qualitative

research in these areas. She has extensive PhD supervision experience and has supervised with Kristina Murphy a former University Medal winner.

Dr Keiran Hardy (

Keiran Hardy has expertise on the policing of counter terrorism. His law background and the focus of his current Griffith University Postdoctoral Fellowship project on counter-terrorism strategies around the world will be valuable to the PhD project. His involvement will also serve as a mentoring opportunity to see him gain experience in PhD supervision.

Project Description:

Aims and Background: The PhD project will be part of an Australian Research Council Funded Future Fellowship Project awarded to Kristina Murphy – Engaging Muslims in the fight against terrorism.

The PhD project aims to address a significant problem faced by police: How can they encourage Muslims to report terror threats? Collaboration from Muslims is essential to prevent terrorism. Yet police often struggle to engage Muslims in terrorism prevention. Current responses to terrorism often result in Muslims feeling stigmatised, reducing their willingness to work with police to prevent terrorism. The PhD project outcomes will identify when and why police are willing to use procedural justice in counter-terrorism. This will benefit society through improved police relationships with Muslims and will assist in terrorism prevention.

Work already undertaken in the field (including some work by Murphy) reveals that perceptions of procedural justice are very important to Muslim communities, and these perceptions have been shown to be linked to Muslims’ willingness to work with police (Huq et al 2011; Tyler et al 2010; Cherney & Murphy 2016; 2017; Madon, Murphy & Cherney 2016; Murphy, Cherney & Teston 2018). However, we know very little about how police perceive Muslims and how they perceive procedural justice as a viable option for policing Muslim communities in the counter-terrorism space. The PhD project will address this gap in the field.

Research Plan: The PhD project has two aims:

  1. To identify the challenges police face in implementing procedural justice in the counter-terrorism context;
  2. To use a ‘police culture’ framework to identify factors that influence police officers’ receptiveness to procedural justice in the counter-terrorism context.

In Year 1, the student will interview up to 40 police in QPS (N=20) and NSW police (N=20) about the challenges and barriers police face using procedural justice in counter-terrorism policing. In Year 2, Murphy will collect survey data from Queensland and NSW police (N=400) about their views on policing Muslims in counter-terrorism contexts. The survey will contain questions about police culture, views of procedural justice, views of Muslims, and opinions regarding the value of procedural justice in counter-terrorism policing. The PhD student will use some of the survey data for their PhD project to examine how police culture factors influence receptiveness to using procedural justice with Muslims in counter-terrorism policing.


Year 1 – Study 1: ethics for whole Future Fellowship project; literature review; confirmation; undertake up to 40 interviews with police, transcription and analysis, prepare paper 1

Year 2 – Study 2: assist in survey design; analysis of relevant survey data; prepare paper 2

Year 3 – Thesis write-up and conference presentation at ASC.

Travel for data collection and transcription of interviews will be supported from the ARC Future Fellowship Project budget in consultation with the supervisory team.

Other Important information:

The successful applicant will join an innovative team of researchers at the Griffith Criminology Institute undertaking research on the value of procedural justice policing in counter-terrorism.

As a doctoral student, you will develop expertise in cutting edge criminology, gain experience in research design and methods, and produce insights that may lead to improved environmental and social outcomes in practice.

Applicants should be available to start in early 2019 and have the following attributes:

  • an undergraduate degree with Class I Honours in an appropriate discipline (such as criminology, psychology, law, legal studies, environmental science, the humanities, social sciences, or some combination of these areas).

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Prof Kristina Murphy