Glenn Dawes is Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of Arts Education and Social Sciences. He teaches sociology and criminology. In addition he conducts research in the areas of youth studies with an emphasis on young people and the criminal justice system.

Glenn's research interests are closely linked to his work in North Queensland communities in areas such as school disengagement among young people, young people and crime on the Townsville Strand, Youth and hooning in North Queensland, young people and car theft in Queensland, the reintegration of Indigenous recidivist offenders post-release and Sudanese people and their interactions with the criminal justice system.  He is the author of a book entitled “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Subcultures and Education” and has published in academic journals.

  • young people reintegration from detention
  • Sudanese youth and crime
  • Indigenous youth and educational disengagement
  • young people hooning and car culture
  • youth and graffitti
  • culturally and linguistically diverse people and homelessness
  • 2013 to present - Associate Dean Research, JCU (Faculty Arts Education, Townsville campus)
  • 2012 to present - Research Advisor, Protection Juvenile Justice (Phnom Penh Cambodia)
  • 2010 to 2011 - Chief Investigator, Australian Institute Criminology (Canberra)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2010 - Faculty Citation for Teaching and Learning

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 30+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Glenn Dawes from 2000 onwards.

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Australian Institute of Criminology - Indigenous Justice Research Program

A collaborative throughcare model for reducing the over-representation of Australian Indigenous youth living in remote and rural Northern Australia.

Indicative Funding
$181,818 over 2 years
There is an increase in the numbers of young Indigenous people involved in a cycle of reoffending behaviour. Research states that breaking the cycle of crime can be achieved through programmes that address the drivers of crime particularly when young people leave detention and re-enter their communities. However, there are challenges to providing a coordinated approach of throughcare due to the ?siloization? of services particularly in remote and rural Indigenous communities. The proposed research will attempt to address these challenges by conducting community- based research leading to development of a model of throughcare beginning when young people enter detention to when they re-enter their communities. The resultant community model based throughcare model will identify, engage and divert Indigenous young people living in remote communities from further offending by better health outcomes.
Glenn Dawes, Alan Clough, Kirstie Broadfield and Victoria Graham (College of Arts, Society & Education, College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Indigenous; Youth; Remote; Recidivism; Throughcare

Queensland Government - Youth Research Grants Program

Youth Research Grants Program

Indicative Funding
$200,000 over 1 year
The Youth Research Grants Program aims to stimulate interest in research which reflects the needs and views of young people through enabling them to be involved in setting priorities for and selection of research projects. The Program supports the vision set out in the Queensland Youth Strategy (QYS) that promotes young people?s active contribution to Queensland's economic, civic and cultural life. This project aims to engage with young people (17?24-year-olds) in north and far north Queensland currently studying at James Cook University (JCU), to provide an opportunity to share their thoughts, concerns, dreams and desires, and to provide inspiration for a JCU-led research project with and for youth with a focus on wellbeing, future aspirations, concerns and potential solutions to urgent issues. The project would focus on JCU discipline areas of Social Work, Sociology, Education and Creative Arts, with an intention for young people to develop and present art works- and in particular visual and wearable art- expressing their concerns and aspirations. Please refer to the Project Proposal for full details of the Project?s timing and objectives.
Natalia Veles, Glenn Dawes, Tanya Doyle, Peta Salter, Robyn Glade-Wright and Abraham Francis (College of Arts and Society & Education)
Young People; Youth Justice; creative arts; diversity; enablement

Queensland Police Service - Grant

An Evaluation of the SPACE and PLACE Programme in Cairns

Indicative Funding
$100,000 over 2 years
The SPACE and PLACE programme is a pilot programme developed and trialled in the western suburbs of Ciarns which are characterised by low socia-economic status and high rates of criminal activity. The programme consists of a suite of initiatives based on physical activity based programmes offered by external providers which are aimed at young people and their familites. The pilot programme is one of several place based initiatives rolled out across Queensland and aims to enhance community well-being, family relationships and address some of the factors which contribute to youth crime by delivering targeted physical activities and enhancing social connectedness and liveability in the region. The proposed 2-year evaluation of the programme consist of a number of data collection techniques such as surveys, social connectedness scales and small foc us groups to ascertain the effectiveness of the programmes in achieving its major goals.
Glenn Dawes (College of Arts and Society & Education)
Evaluation; Crime; Wellbeing; Physical Activity; Social connectedness; Families

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Post-Release Community Reintegration: A Study of How Ex-Prisoners Experienced Post-Incarceration Community Reintegration in Southwestern Nigeria (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)

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