Faculty of Education and Arts

Associate Professor David Baker

Position: Honorary Research Fellow
Study area: Criminal Justice
Location: Gippsland Campus, E Building, Room E228
Email:david.baker@federation.edu.au

Qualifications

PhD - Monash University - 2000
Master of Arts - Monash University - 1992
Diploma of Education - La Trobe University - 1975
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - University of Melbourne - 1973

Biography

After working as a Communications Skills Lecturer at the Victoria Police Academy, David commenced at Monash University in 1991 in the Police Studies Department. He was a senior lecturer in Criminal Justice and Criminology on the Caulfield and Clayton campuses before establishing the Criminal Justice program on the Gippsland campus in 2006.

David is presently Head, Criminal Justice, FedUni, Gippsland campus. He is the author of Batons and Blockades: Policing Industrial Disputes in Australasia, 2005, and his other research publications relate to the policing of dissent, histories of policing, comparative policing, transnational policing, police use of force and police unionism. He is an associate investigator for the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security. He is also a Chief Investigator for the ARC Linkage grant, "The Impact of Incarceration on Children's Care: A Strategic Framework for Good Care Planning".

Areas of expertise

  • Police and policing
  • Public order policing, especially the policing of protests
  • Police history
  • Police use of force
  • Comparative and international policing
  • Labour history
  • Industrial relations

Research interests

  • Policing
  • Public order policing
  • Policing dissent
  • Police unionism
  • Police histories
  • Policing in the South Pacific
  • Criminological theory and practice
  • Criminal justice institutions and processes
  • Criminal behaviours
  • Comparative and international criminal justice
  • Security and risk management
  • Labour history
  • Workplace relations

Publications

Books

Baker, D. Batons and Blockades: Policing Industrial Disputes in Australasia,Circa, 2005.

The book examines and analyses changes in the way police services in Australia and New Zealand control industrial conflict.

Book chapters

2014 (forthcoming) "Contemporary Policing Strategies to Prevent Violence at Mass Demonstrations in Australia". In D. Plecas (ed.) Policing Violence, Crime, Disorder, & Discontent: International Perspectives. Taylor & Francis, chapter 9.

2014 (forthcoming) "Policing during the Labor Ascendancy in Victoria". In N. Economou (ed.) The Bracks-Brumby Years (Monash e-book)

2012 "Policing Contemporary Protests". In T. Prenzler (ed) Policing and Security in Practice: Solutions and Achievements. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 56-73.

2011 "Interview with Commissioner Mal Hyde: South Australia's Long-serving and Reformist Police Commissioner". In D. Das & O. Marenin, Trends in Policing: Interviews with Police Leaders Across the Globe, Boca Raton (FL): Taylor & Francis, pp.1-22.

2010 "An Exploration of Police Use of Firearms in Australia". In J. Kuhns and J. Knutsson, Police Use of Force: A Global perspective (Global Crime and Justice series) Santa Barbara (CA): Praeger Publishers, pp.141-151.
This book was nominated for an International Criminology book award by the American Society of Criminology in late 2011.

2010 "Tonga: Crime and Punishment", Crime and Punishment around the World, Vol.3, General editor, Graeme Newman, ABC-CLIO LLC, Santa Barbara, CA., pp.350-358.

2009 " 'Bloody Sunday' in review: an analysis of the confused policing of the 1919 Fremantle waterfront". In Bobbie Oliver (ed) Labour History in the New Century, Black Swan Press, Perth WA Australia, pp. 51-62.

2008 'The "new" policing of industrial discord'. In G Michelson, S Jamieson and J Burgess (eds.), New Employment Actors: Development from Australia. Bern: Pete Lang AG. pp. 67-87.

2006 Lewis, C., Baker, D. "Australia" World Police Encyclopaedia, Editor-in-Chief, Dilip Das, Routledge, New York, pp.41-50. (50% contribution)

2006 "Solomon Islands", World Police Encyclopedia, Editor-in-Chief, Dilip Das, Routledge, NY, 2006, pp.755-759.

2006 "Tonga", World Police Encyclopedia, Editor-in-Chief, Dilip Das, Routledge, New York, pp.848-852.

2005 "Policing Vulnerable Pacific States from Without and Within". In J. Henderson and G. Watson (eds) Securing a Peaceful Pacific, University of Canterbury Press, Christchurch, pp.223-228.

2002 "Public Order Policing". In T. Prenzler and J. Ransley (eds) Police Reform: Building Integrity, Federation Press, Annandale, pp.39-52.

2001 "Barricades and Batons: A Historical Perspective of the Policing of Major Industrial Disorder in Australia". In M. Enders & B. Dupont (eds) Policing the Lucky Country, Federation Press, Annandale, pp.199-222.

2001 "Community Police Peacekeeping Amidst Bitter and Divisive Industrial Confrontation". In R. Markey (ed), Labour and Community: Historical Essays, University of Wollongong Press, Wollongong, pp.174-200.

1999 "Police, Policy and Practice". In B. Costar and N. Economou (eds), The Kennett Revolution: Victorian Politics in the 1990s, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, pp.237-249.

Other Encyclopedia Entries (D1 Classifications)

2006 Lewis, C., Baker, D. "Fiji' World Police Encyclopaedia, Editor-in-Chief, Dilip Das, Routledge, New York, pp.285-289.

2006 "Vanuatu", World Police Encyclopedia, Editor-in-Chief, Dilip Das, Routledge, NY, 2006, pp.899-903.

2006 "Tuvalu" World Police Encyclopedia, Editor-in-Chief, Dilip Das, Routledge, New York, pp.863-866.

Refereed journal articles

2014 "Police and Protester Dialog: Safeguarding the peace or ritualistic sham?" International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, 38(1): 83-104.

2011 "A Case Study of Policing Responses to Camps for Climate Action: Variations, Perplexities and Challenges for Policing" International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, 35(2): 141-166.

2011 "Police have customers too: an exploratory study of South Australia Police's service delivery" Police, Practice & Research: an International Journal, Vol.12, no.2, pp.148- 162.

2010 "Switch off Hazelwood: Policing, Protest and a 'Polluting Dinosaur'" Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 22(1): 45-62.

2009 "Police Confirmation of Use of Force in Australia: 'To be or not to be?' Crime, Law and Social Change. Special edition, "Police Talk about the Use of Force: A Comparative International Perspective." DOI 10.1007/s10611-008-9180-y

2009 Waddington, P. Birbeck, C., Baker, D. et al "Researching the Use of Force: The Background to the International Project" Crime, Law and Social Change. Special edition, "Police Talk about the Use of Force: A Comparative International Perspective." DOI 10.1007/s10611-008-9177-6

2009 Waddington, P. Birbeck, C., Baker, D. et al, "Singing the Same Tune? International continuities and discontinuities in how police talk about using force", Crime, Law and Social Change. Special edition, "Police Talk about the Use of Force: A Comparative International Perspective." DOI 10.1007/s10611-008-9176-7

2008 "Paradoxes of Policing and Protest" Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism. Vol.3, no. 2, pp. 8-22.

2008 "A Tale of Two Towns: Industrial Pickets, Police Practices and Judiciary" Labour History, no.95, pp.151-168.

2008 "Policing the 'Bastard Boys': Reality and Significance of the Police-Union "Accord" during the National Waterfront Dispute" Flinders Journal of Law Reform, vol.10, no.3, pp.357-372.

2007 "Policing Industrial Conflict in Rural and Regional Settings: Local and 'Outside' Approaches" International Journal of Rural Crime, vol.1, pp.79-92.

2007 "From Batons to Negotiated Management: The Transformation of Policing Industrial Disputes in Australia" Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, Oxford University Press, vol.1, no.4, pp.390-402.

2007 "Policing, Politics and Civil Rights: Analysis of the Policing of Protest against the 1999 Chinese President's Visit to New Zealand" Police Practice and Research: an International Journal, vol.8, no.3, pp.219-238.

2005 "Policing the Single-Issue protest: The Trials of Trees, Tripods and Tunnels" Law Enforcement Executive Forum (Western Illinois University), vol.5, no.3, pp.147-160.

2004 "The Re-invention of Australian Federal Policing in Pursuit of National Security" International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, vol.28. no.2, pp.145-168.

2003 "Policing Industrial Disputation: Lessons from the Lyttelton Picket Line Tragedy" New Zealand Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.28, no.3, pp.258-270.

2002 "The Changing Australian Prototype of Policing, Pickets and Public Order" International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, vol.26. no.1, pp.1-28.

2002 "You Dirty Bastards, Are You Fair Dinkum? Police and Union Confrontation on the Wharf" New Zealand Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.27, no.1, pp. 33-47 (special edition).

2001 "The Fusion of Picketing, Policing and Public Order Theory within the Industrial Relations Context of the 1992 APPM Dispute at Burnie" Australian Bulletin of Labour, vol.27, no.1, pp.61-77.

1999 "Avoiding 'War on the Wharves': Is the Non-confrontational policing of Major Industrial Disputes 'Here to Stay'?" International Employment Relations Review, vol.5, no.2, pp.39-62 (special edition).

1999 "Trade Unionism and the Policing 'Accord': Control and Self-Regulation of Picketing during the 1998 Maritime Dispute" Labour and Industry, vol.9, no.3, pp.123-144.

1999 Baker, D. and Oakham, M.K. "Dishing up the Docks: the MUA dispute seen as a case study of successful agenda setting" Australian Journalism Review, vol.21, no.3, pp.127-149.

Review

2014 Vinod Kumar, T.K. Public Events and Police Response: Understanding Public Order policing in Democratic India in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, vol.8, no.1, pp. 88-90.

Refereed conference proceedings

2009 " 'Bloody Sunday' in Review: Lessons from the Confused Policing of the Fremantle Waterfront in 1919", Eleventh National Labour History Conference: 'Labour History in the New Century'.

2008 "The Challenge of Balancing the Nexus of Security and Protest", Inaugural Australasian Human Rights and Policing Conference, Melbourne.

2007 "Policing the 'Bastard Boys': Reality and Significance of the Police-Union "Accord" during the National Waterfront Dispute" in Building Bridges: Proceedings of the Twentieth Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology conference, Adelaide,.

2007 "A Tale of Two Towns: Industrial Pickets, the Police and the Judiciary" in Markey, R. (ed) Trans Tasman Labour History: Comparative or Transnational?" Proceedings of the Trans Tasman Labour History Conference, Auckland University of Technology, pp.11-22.

2003 "The Volatile Mix of Pickets, Policing and Politics: A Return to SEQEB" in Bowden, B. and Kellett, J. (eds) Transforming Labour: Work, Workers, Struggle and Change: Proceedings of the Eighth National Labour History Conference, Griffith University, Brisbane, pp.15-22.

2003 "Policing the Tragedy of the Lyttelton Community Picket Line" in Teicher, J. and Holland, P. (eds) Reflections and New Directions: Proceedings of the Seventeenth Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference, Melbourne.

2002 "Police and Union Confrontation on the Wharf" in McAndrew, I. and. Geare, A. (eds) Celebrating Excellence: Proceedings of the 16th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference, Queenstown, New Zealand, pp.32-43.

2001 "Policing the 1873 Lothair mines dispute at Clunes", in Griffiths, P. and Webb, R. (eds) Work - Organisation - Struggle: Proceedings of the Seventh National Labour History Conference, ANU, Canberra, April 2001, pp.26-33.

2001 "The Fusion of Picketing, Policing and Public Order Theory within the Industrial Relations Context of the 1992 APPM Dispute at Burnie" in Kelly, D. (ed) Crossing Borders: Employment, Work, Markets and Social Justice Across Time, Discipline and Place: Proceedings of the Fifteenth Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference, Wollongong, pp.1-10.

2000 "Meat in the Sandwich": The Vicissitudes of Policing Contemporary Industrial Disputes" in Burgess, J. and Strachan, G. (eds) Research on Work, Employment and Industrial Relations 2000: Proceedings of the Fourteenth Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference, Newcastle, pp.199-207.

1999 "Community Police Peacekeeping amidst Bitter and Divisive Industrial Confrontation: the 1992 APPM Dispute at Burnie" in Hood, R. and Markey, R. (eds) Labour and Community: Proceedings of the Sixth National Conference of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, Wollongong, pp.9-19

Seminar Presentations

2013 "Challenges for policing major protest events", ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security: Use of Force Workshop, South Brisbane, 8 November.

2013 "Police, Pickets and Death: Past and Present", 26th Annual ANZSOC conference, Brisbane, September-October.

2012 "Police and Protester Dialogue: Safeguarding the peace or symbolic sham?" ARC Research Centre for Excellence in Policing and Security Conference, St. Kilda, 3-6 October.

2012 "Improving Police Practice: Strengths and Drawbacks of Police and Protester Dialogue", 7th Annual Stockholm Criminology Symposium, Sweden. The theme of symposium was "Comparing crime patterns and improving criminal justice practice". 11-13 June.

2012 "Contemporary Issues in Public Safety and Security" 7th Annual Stockholm Criminology Symposium, Sweden. The theme of the symposium was "Comparing crime patterns and improving criminal justice practice". 11-13 June.

2012 A research highlight was being asked to present this paper at the United Nations, New York, for the International Police Executive Symposium meeting, 5-8 August 2012. As I was unable to attend, I authorised the IPES Executive to present the paper on my behalf.

2011 "Contemporary Policing Strategies to Minimize Violent Confrontation at Disputes and Protests in Australia", 21st Annual Meeting of the International Police Executive Symposium conference in Karlskona, Sweden, in August.

2011 "Contemporary Issues in Public Safety and Security". I was appointed the Official Recorder of this IPES meeting and this article features on the IPES website.

2011 "Nascent Policing Responses to Camps for Climate Action". 24th Annual ANZSOC Conference, "Crime and the regions: from the local to regional, national and international", hosted by Deakin University, Geelong, 28-30 September.

2011 With Alistair Harkness. "Hiring and Firing Chief Commissioners: the Overland Fiasco in Historical and Political Context", 24th Annual ANZSOC Conference: Crime and the regions: from the local to regional, national and international, hosted by Deakin University, Geelong, 28-30 September.

2010 "Policing Mass Protest: the Australian Way of Preventing Public Order Violence", American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, November.

2010 "Public Order Policing of Contemporary Climate Camp Protests", New Zealand Police Research Symposium: Policing with confidence: Research for effective police practice, Porirua, Wellington, 13-14 July.

2009 "'Bloody Sunday' in Review: Lessons from the Confused Policing of the Fremantle Waterfront in 1919", Eleventh National Labour History Conference: Labour History in the New Century.

2008 "The Challenge of Balancing the Nexus of Security and Protest", Inaugural Australasian Human Rights and Policing Conference, Melbourne.

2008 "Paradoxes of Policing and Protest", 21st Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Annual conference: 'Criminology: Linking theory, policy and practice', Canberra.

2008 "Internal Policing Deliberations and Tensions about Applying Force", Crime and Criminology: Research and Action: XV World Congress of the International Society for Criminology, Barcelona. 2008

2008 "The Delicate Balancing Act of Australian Federal Policing in the Pacific", Crime and Criminology: Research and Action: XV World Congress of the International Society for Criminology, Barcelona. 2008

2007 "Policing the 'Bastard Boys': Reality and Significance of the Police-Union 'Accord' during the National Waterfront Dispute", 20 th Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Annual conference: 'Building Bridges', Adelaide. 2007

2006 "Policing Industrial Conflict in Rural and Regional Settings: Local and 'Outside' Approaches", Crime in Rural Communities: the Impact, the Causes, the Prevention Conference, University of New England, Armidale. 2006

2006 "The "New" Policing of Industrial Discord", New Actors and Institutions in Australian and New Zealand Industrial Relations Conference, Darlington Centre, University of Sydney.

2006 "Batons or Brains? Challenges and Changes of Public Order Policing in Australia", public lecture, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.

2006 "Strategies for Policing the Peaceful Protest, Shaping the Future: Using and developing evidence-based research to achieve policing goals", Research Symposium 2006, Royal New Zealand Police College, Wellington. I was an invited speaker for the symposium.

2005 " 'Blue Heelers': Police Use of Force in Australia", Annual Police Use of Force Trainers conference, Police Public Order Training Academy, Ossendrecht, Netherlands.

2005 "Policing, Politics and Civil Rights: Analysis of a New Zealand case-study", 18th Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Annual Conference: Crime, Community and the State, Wellington.

2004 "Policing Vulnerable Pacific States from without and within", Conflict Resolution and Security in the Pacific Conference, Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, University of Canterbury. I was an invited speaker for the conference.

2003 "Federal Policing in the Age of Terrorism: the Re-invention of Australian Federal Policing from pursuing 'Reds under the Bed' to chasing 'Terrorists Everywhere' ". 17th Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Annual Conference: Controlling Crime, Risks and Responsibilities, Sydney.

2002 "Policing the Volatile and the Unpredictable: Who's to blame for death on the picket line?" 16th Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference: Preventing Crime and Doing Justice, Griffith University, Brisbane.

2001 "Policing, Pickets and Public Order: Changing Strategies in Changing Contexts", Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Law, Justice and Governance: Police Reform: Building Integrity Conference, Griffith University, Brisbane.

2001 "Policing the 1873 Lothair mines dispute at Clunes", The Seventh National Labour History Conference: Work - Organisation - Labour, Australian National University, Canberra.

2001 "Police and Union Protocol at the Picket Line: Preventing Violence for the Public Good", 15th Annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference: Criminology in the 21st Century: Public Good or Private Interest? University of Melbourne.

2001 "The Fusion of Picketing, Policing and Public Order Theory within the Industrial Relations Context of the 1992 APPM Dispute at Burnie", Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Fifteenth Annual Conference, Wollongong.

2000 The Changing Paradox of Police Unionism: Employees or Officers? National Key Centre in Industrial Relations Conference, "Unions 2000: Retrospect and Prospect", Monash University, Melbourne.

2000 Meat in the Sandwich": The Vicissitudes of Policing Contemporary Industrial Disputes, Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Fourteenth Annual Conference, Newcastle.

1999 Batons and Barricades: A Historical Perspective of the Policing of Industrial Disputes in Australia, Australian Institute of Criminology conference, "History of Crime, Policing and Punishment" Australian National University, Canberra.

1999 Community Police Peacekeeping amidst Bitter and Divisive Industrial Confrontation: the 1992 APPM Dispute at Burnie, Sixth National Conference of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, Wollongong.

1999 Policing, Politics and Posturing, " Kennett: the Scorecard" Conference, Monash University, Caulfield.

1999 When the "Thin Blue Line" meets the MUA Picket Line: Policing of the 1998 Australian Waterfront Dispute , Hawke Institute conference, part of the Thirteenth Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand annual conference, Adelaide.

1998 Trade Unionism and the Policing "Accord": Control and Self-regulation of Picketing during the 1998 Maritime Dispute, National Key Centre in Industrial Relations Conference, "Unions in Crisis?" Monash University.

1998 Policing of Public Disorder: New "Offenders", New Policing , Thirteenth Annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference, Gold Coast.

1997 The Politics of Law and Order at the Picket Line: too much control or too little? Twelfth Annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference.

1992 Wanted: Australian Publications for Tertiary Studies of Policing, presented at forum "How Australian is Professional Education in Australia?" University of Canberra.

Associations

  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
  • Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand
  • Australian Society of Labour History (Victorian branch)
  • Australasian Institute of Policing