Faculty of Education and Arts

Dr Alistair Harkness

Position: Lecturer, Criminal Justice
Study area: Humanities and Social Sciences
Location: Gippsland Campus, Room 1e231
Phone: +61 03 5122 6760
Email: alistair.harkness@federation.edu.au

Qualifications

Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice - Monash University - 2013

Doctor of Philosophy - Monash University - 2005

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) / Bachelor of Business (Mgmt) - Monash University - 1997

Teaching

Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice)
  • Masters of Criminal Justice and Criminology

Courses

  • Crime: Theory and Practice (CRJUS1283)
  • The Criminal Justice Process (CRJUS1284)
  • Policing in Practice (CRJUS2474)
  • Crime and Violence: Rural, Regional and Urban Communities (CRJUS3472)
  • Crime Prevention, Reduction and Control (CRJUS3475)
  • Crime Prevention: A Global Perspective(CRJUS5416)
  • Criminal Justice Research Project (CRJUS6736)
  • Criminal Justice Dissertation (CRJUS 6738/39/40)

Biography

Alistair is a lecturer in criminal justice at Federation University Australia's Gippsland Campus, where he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students. Between 2002 and 2010, he was a member of Victoria’s Legislative Assembly. Before entering parliament, he taught Australian politics and police studies at Monash University.

Alistair is the First Year Coordinator of Criminal Justice courses taught on-campus at Gippsland and Mt Helen and online. He also teaches in the Masters of Criminal Justice and Criminology, and he supervises seven doctoral studies students and a Masters by Research student.

His primary research interests are in farm and rural crime, with a particular emphasis on crime prevention and rural policing responses. Alistair leads the Federation University Victorian Farm Crime Research Project which is focussed on advancing knowledge of agricultural crime. He was lead editor of Locating Crime in Context and Place (The Federation Press, 2016), a significant addition to the growing sub-discipline of rural criminology.

Areas of expertise

Alistair established and leads the Victorian Farm Crime Research Project, an ongoing endeavour to examine types, extent and location of farm crime in Victoria; consider attitudes of farmers and farming communities to criminal justice responses to farm crime; assess existing policing practices and analyse alternatives; and determine a suite of strategies for prevention and control of crime against farms and for improvement of service delivery by the criminal justice system in Victoria.

The project includes the following aspects:

  • Theft from farms (including machinery, vehicles, stock, guns, water and other farm inputs)
  • Situational crime prevention on farms
  • Policing responses to farm crime
  • Attitudes and perceptions of farmers to the Criminal Justice System
  • Issues associated with animal activism on farms

Access to Courts in regional, rural and remote locations

Research interests

  • rural criminology
  • rural policing
  • farm and rural-based crime, and criminal justice system responses
  • rural crime prevention
  • the politics of policing and justice
  • police leadership
  • contemporary theories of criminal justice
  • Victorian state politics and legislative behaviour

Supervision

Principal supervisor for:

F. Gullaci (PhD Candidate, Federation University) – Emergent Technology in Drug Crimes: An Australian Perspective

E. Wedrowicz (PhD Candidate, Monash University) – Addressing Injustice: The role of Indigenous Sentencing Courts in Australia

L. Morella (PhD Candidate, Federation University) – Dads and Separation: Paternal Filicide in an Australian Context

M. Orgad (Masters Candidate, Monash University) – Developing the global ‘thin blue line’: Supporting international policing through professionalisation

L. Brunelle (PhD Candidate, Federation University) – Exploring the Lived Experience of Law Enforcement Officers Responding to Incidents of Family Violence

J. Lewis (PhD Candidate, Federation University) – Examining Minor Fraud in Australia: Employee motivation, institutional responses and crime prevention strategies in legal firms

M. Dimaskyan (PhD Candidate, Federation University) – Rethinking terrorism: Youth radicalisation in an Australian context

Associate supervisor for:

M.A. Kader (PhD Candidate, Monash University) – Community Participation in Policing in the Uttara Division of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police, Bangladesh

Publications

Books

Harkness, A., Harris, B and Baker, D. (eds) (2016), Locating crime in context and place: Rural and regional perspectives,The Federation Press, Sydney.

Book chapters

Harris, B. and Harkness, A. (forthcoming 2017), “Access to justice in Oceania: A southern criminology perspective”, Palgrave Handbook on Criminology and the Global South. [selected for inclusion].

Harkness, A. (2016), “Farm crime: The forgotten frontier”, in Harkness, A, Harris, B and Baker, D. (eds), Locating crime in context and place: Rural and regional perspectives, The Federation Press, Sydney.

Harris, B and Harkness, A. (2016), “Introduction”, in Harkness, A, Harris, B and Baker, D. (eds), Locating crime in context and place: Rural and regional perspectives, The Federation Press, Sydney.

Refereed journal articles

Harkness, A., (forthcoming 2016), “Crime prevention on farms: Experiences from Victoria, Australia”, International Journal of Rural Criminology.

Strating, B. and Harkness, A. (under review). “The Rhetoric of ‘The Mandate’ in Contemporary Australian Context”, Australian Journal of Politics and History.

Harkness, A., (2013), “Triumphant, Troubled, then Terminal: An Examination of the Cain and Kirner Decade 30 Years on”, Labour History, 105, pp. 27-46.

Harkness, A., (2012), “Restraints upon the agenda: policy making in Victoria 1982-1992”, Australasian Parliamentary Review, 27(1), pp. 134-49.

Refereed conference proceedings

Harkness, A. (2015), “Policing strategies to Farm Crime: Lessons from Victoria, Crime Justice and Social Democracy conference, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, July. [peer reviewed].

Works of Reference

Costar, B. and Harkness, A. (2007), “Field, Francis (Frank) (1904–1985)”, Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 17, Melbourne University Press.

Harkness, A. (2005), ‘World Trade Centre’ in A. Brown-May and S. Swain, (Eds), The Encyclopedia of Melbourne, Cambridge University Press.

Harkness, A. (2005), ‘Jam Factory’ in A. Brown-May and S. Swain, (Eds), The Encyclopedia of Melbourne, Cambridge University Press.

Harkness, A. (2005), ‘Polly Woodside’ in A. Brown-May and S. Swain, (Eds), The Encyclopedia of Melbourne, Cambridge University Press.

Harkness, A. (2005), ‘Brunswick Street’ in A. Brown-May and S. Swain, (Eds), The Encyclopedia of Melbourne, Cambridge University Press.

Harkness, A. (2005), ‘Swinburne University’ in A. Brown-May and S. Swain, (Eds), The Encyclopedia of Melbourne, Cambridge University Press.

Harkness, A. (2005), ‘St Kilda Football Club’ in A. Brown-May and S. Swain, (Eds), The Encyclopedia of Melbourne, Cambridge University Press.

Harkness, A. (2005), ‘Post Offices and Postal Services’ in A. Brown-May and S. Swain, (Eds), The Encyclopedia of Melbourne, Cambridge University Press.

Harkness, A. (2005), ‘Strikes’ in A. Brown-May and S. Swain, (Eds), The Encyclopedia of Melbourne, Cambridge University Press.

Harkness, A. (2005), ‘Town Halls’ in A. Brown-May and S. Swain, (Eds), The Encyclopedia of Melbourne, Cambridge University Press.

Scholarly news commentary

Strating, B. and Harkness, A. (2016), “What a 'Mandate To Govern' Actually Means”, The Huffington Post, 19 July.

Harkness, A. and Costar, B. (2012) “Victoria’s constitutional time bomb”, Inside Story” (online), 14 March.

Harkness, A. (1998) “Invasion of American-style education fundamentals”, Campus Review, 13-19 May.

Harkness, A. and Costar, B. (1998) “Mitcham and the mandate”, Monash Magazine, Autumn/Winter.

Harkness, A. and Economou, N. (1997) “Poll heralds strife for Kennett”, The Age, 15 December.

Costar, B. and Harkness, A. (1997), “A political barometer that bears little scrutiny”, The Age, 10 December.

Costar, B. and Harkness, A. (1997) “Waiting to see who will come to the party”, The Age, 4 December.

Media commentary

Rural Crime - ABC Landline, 27 August 2016

Livestock theft on the rise as farmers enjoy buoyant beef, sheep market, police warn - ABC, 26 August 2016

Farmers urged to act - MIXX FM, 28 July 2016

Close Up - Alistair Harkness - 2GB, 27 July 2016

Pinning down rural crime in Victoria so resources can be allocated - Weekly Times, 26 July 2016

What A 'Mandate To Govern' Actually Means - Huffington Post, 19 July 2016

Farmers turn out in droves for security expo - Bendigo Advertiser, 15 July 2016

Report all farm thefts - The Courier (Ballarat), 15 July 2016

Country Hour for Thursday 14th July 2016 - ABC Radio (The Country Hour), 14 July 2016

More guns stolen in country Victoria than Melbourne - Weekly Times, 1 October 2015

Problems in a Rich town- Panorama Program, SYN Radio, 1 September 2015

Reporting crime gone under radar - Stock and Land, 14 August 2014

Theft of guns from farms and urban crime inextricably linked - The Conversation, 27 March 2014

Farm Crime Thefts - ABC Radio Gippsland, 12 November, 2013

Victoria’s constitutional time bomb, Inside Story (online), 14 March 2012

The Rush Report – a missed opportunity - Monash University News, 5 March 2012

Take the politics out of top cop appointment - Monash University News, 22 November 2011

Overland's legacy should be independence for police chiefs - Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, 2 November 2011