School of Arts

Associate Professor David Baker

Position: Honorary Research Fellow
Study area: Criminal Justice and Criminology
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 and remained Head of that discipline until September 2016.

David 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 was an associate investigator for the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security. He was 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

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

Research interests

  • Public order policing
  • Police unionism
  • Police histories
  • Criminal justice institutions and processes
  • Corporate crime
  • Comparative and international criminal justice
  • Labour history

Publications

Books

Baker, D. Police, Picket-lines and Fatalities: Lessons from the past, Palgrace McMillan, 2014.

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

Edited book

A. Harkness, B. Harris and D. Baker, Locating Crime in Context and Place: Regional and Rural Perspectices. Federation Press, 2015

Book chapters

(from the last ten years)

2017Chief Constable Per Svartz:  a Swedish Police Manager”. Interviewed by David Baker, in Baker, B. (ed) Trends in Policing: Interviews with Police Leaders Across the Globe, Boca Raton (FL): Taylor & Francis, pp. 155-170.

2015  “Rothbury”. In J. Bennett, N. Cushing & E. Eklund (eds.) Radical Newcastle: Unearthing the radical past and present of Newcastle and the Hunter Region. New South Wales Publishing, pp. 115-123..

2015  “Policing of Protest in Rural and Regional Contexts”. In D. Baker, A Harkness & B. Harris (eds.)  Locating Crime in Context and Place: Regional and Rural Perspectives. Federation Press, pp. 85-95.

2015 “Conclusion”. In A Harkness, D. Baker, & B. Harris (eds.)  Locating Crime in Context and Place: Regional and Rural Perspectives. Federation Press, pp. 171-177.

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.

Refereed journal articles

(from the last ten years)

2017 David Baker, Philip Stenning, and Simon Bronitt. "Policing Protest, Security and Freedom: The 2014 G20 Experience", Police Practice and Research: An International Journal. 2017, Vol. 18, Issue 5, pp. 425-448.

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.

Refereed conference proceedings

(from the last ten years)

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.

Seminar Presentations

(from the last ten years)

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

Associations

  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
  • Australian Society of Labour History (Victorian branch)