Faculty of Education and Arts

Dr Alistair Harkness

PositionLecturer
Study areaHumanities and Social Sciences
LocationGippsland Campus, Room 1e231
Phone5122 6760
Emailalistair.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 (ATSGC1283)
  • The Criminal Justice Process (ATSGC1284)
  • Applied Media and Social Sciences Internship (ATSGC3059)
  • Crime Prevention: A Global Perspective(APGGC4416)
  • Criminal Justice Research Project (APGGC5736)
  • Criminal Justice Dissertation (APGGC5738/39/40)

Biography

Alistair gained a Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) and a Bachelor of Business degree (majoring in Management) at Monash University. He completed his PhD in Political Science in 2005, entitled "Governing in a Bicameral System: Victoria 1982-1992". Alistair came to the Gippsland Campus in 2011 as a Lecturer in Criminal Justice, having spent eight years as the Member for Frankston in the Victorian Legislative Assembly. Before entering parliament, Alistair was a sessional staff Member at the Caulfield and Clayton campuses of Monash, teaching in Australian Politics and Police Studies. Alistair is the First Year Coordinator of Criminal Justice courses taught on-campus at Gippsland and Mt Helen and also taught online. He also teaches in the Masters of Criminal Justice and Criminology, and is co-supervisor of two doctoral studies students and a Masters by Research student. He is focussed on advancing knowledge of farm crime, and is also pursuing other research interests in both criminal justice and in political science.


Research interests

  • farm and rural-based crime, and criminal justice system responses
  • the politics of policing and justice
  • police leadership
  • contemporary theories of criminal justice
  • history of the Australian Labor Party - Victorian Branch
  • state politics and legislative behaviour

Current research project
Alistair is leading a research project investigating a suite of farm crime issues including:

  • 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
  • Extent of manufacture and trafficking of 'ice' and other drugs
  • Presence and involvement of gangs in rural communities
  • The risk of fraud in remote and regional communities
  • Access to Courts in regional, rural and remote locations
  • Corrections and Justice Reinvestment

Supervision

Fran Galluci (Federation University), PhD candidate - "Law enforcement of emergent technology used in drug trafficking"

Faith Lissenden (Monash University), PhD candidate - "Victorian Perspective of Restorative Justice - Associate Supervisor Milan Orgad (Monash University, Masters by Research candidate - "Police Professional Competency and International Policing Standards" - Associate Supervisor

Milan Orgad (Monash University, Masters by Research candidate - "Police Professional Competency and International Policing Standards" - Associate Supervisor


Publications

Books

Harkness, A, 2015 (forthcoming), with eds B Harris & D Baker, Locating Crime in Context and Place: Regional and Rural Perspectives, The Federation Press, Leichardt, NSW.

Book chapters

Harkness, A, 2015 (forthcoming), "Parliament and the Constitution", in Rise and Fall: The Bracks and Brumby Governments, ed N Economou, Monash E-Press, Clayton, Vic.

Harkness, A, 2015 (forthcoming), "A Backbencher's perspective", in Rise and Fall: The Bracks and Brumby Governments, ed N Economou, Monash E-Press, Clayton, Vic.

Harkness, A, 2015 (forthcoming), "Politics and perceptions: Law and order in different settings", in Locating Crime in Context and Place: Regional and Rural Perspectives, eds A Harkness, B Harris & D Baker, D, The Federation Press, Leichhardt, NSW.

Harkness, A, 2015 (forthcoming) with B Harris, "Introduction", in Locating Crime in Context and Place: Regional and Rural Perspectives, eds A Harkness, B Harris & D Baker, D, The Federation Press, Leichhardt, NSW.

Harkness, A, 1999, "The Victorian Parliament: An Institution in Decline?", in The Kennett Revolution?: Victoria in the 1990s, eds B Costar & N Economou, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney.

Harkness, A, 1999, "Prognosis Negative: Healthcare Economics and the Kennett Government", in The Kennett Revolution?: Victoria in the 1990s, eds B Costar & N Economou, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney.

Refereed journal articles

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.

Works of Reference

Costar, B & 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.