Research / Themes / Social justice
The Department is actively concerned with issues of social justice. Reaching beyond concern for fair treatment, rights and justice in individual cases, we engage in theory building and research activities that address the role of social institutions and social relationships in defining, generating and responding to crime and related harms. This entails examination of wider political, economic and social arrangements that can contribute to or inhibit crime and other conflict, as well as ongoing attention to the role that race, class, gender and other social distinctions play in the exercise of power and social control. We thus work to increase understanding of the nature and effects of oppression, exclusion and inequality and seek means of building social solidarity and community capacity for promoting individual and community well-being. This includes efforts to better specify and explore alternative models of community and restorative justice.