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My Background

I am the youngest of 6 children, from under-privileged background, and the first to go to university in 1980.

I went to Buderim Primary School, and then Maroochydore High School on the Sunshine Coast. I loved surfing. At 18 I swapped the wild surf, for a world of wild ideas, thanks to the Whitlam Labor Government that made higher education free, and not just for the rich.

As a teenager I dreamt that one day ordinary kids like me from the sunshine coast would have their own university. Now they do, and I am delighted to be associated with the University of the Sunshine Coast.

At 60 I left academia to become an independent research consultant, and move back to coast to be closer to family and friends, with time to have more balance in my life.

With over 3 decades experience, I am now an independent researcher with extensive expertise in evaluation, expert witness for court and coronial investigations, and high level analysis.

My Research on Women’s Police Stations in Argentina

You can read a short overview about my research into how women’s police stations effectively respond to domestic family violence by clicking here.

My Research has won international awards

  • In 2016, elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia, for outstanding and distinguished contributions to the social sciences.
  • In 2015, named as one of Qld’s top 50 thinkers for ground-breaking research on the criminological impact of mining
  • In 2014, awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award (American Society of Criminology ASC, Division of Critical Criminology) for lasting and foundational contributions to the discipline over three decades.
  • In 2013, received a Distinguished Scholar Award from the (ASC Division of Women and Crime) for outstanding contributions to the field of women and crime.
  • In 2012, won the Allen Austin Bartholomew Award for the best journal article published in the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, titled “The Resource Boom’s Underbelly: The Criminological Impacts of Mining”.
  • I am currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast in the School of Law and Society.

My International Networks

Over 3 decades I have cultivated a vast international network of scholars, publishers, policy makers and journals and successfully nurtured many early career researchers, especially from Latin America into successful careers. I am competent in reading, writing and speaking conversational Spanish.

My Journal Editing

I am an editorial board member of 11 international journals, 4 published in Spanish.

Journal Editing and Board Memberships

  • Founding and Co-Chief editor, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 2012-22 (Q1)
  • Pacific Rim editor, Critical Criminology, since 2012 (Q1), journal of the American Society of Criminology (ASC)
  • International ed. board member, Feminist Criminology, since 2014 (Q2), journal of the ASC
  • International ed. board member, Criminology and Criminal Justice, since 2011 (Q1), British Society of Criminology
  • Ed. board member, Australia and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, since 2018 (Q1)
  • Ed. board member, Delito y Sociedad (Crime and Society), since 2018, journal of the University of Buenos Aries
  • Ed. board member, Asian Journal of Criminology, since 2020 (Q1), journal of the Asian Criminological Association
  • Ed. board member, Current Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, since 2020, journal of Institute of Criminology, University of Sydney
  • Revista de Historia de las Prisiones (History of the Prison) since 2020, Argentina
  • Editorial Board, Novum Jus. Revista Especializada en Sociología Política y Jurídica (Colombia)
  • Editorial Board Member, Ius Poenale (Faculty of Law-Universitas Lampung, Indonesia)

Board Roles

2020 to 2022 Chair of the Stop Domestic Violence external advisory board, QUT Centre for Justice

2012 to 2019, Vice Chair of the Division of Critical Criminology, American Society of Criminology.

2015- date Senior Counsellor of the Asian Criminological Society.

My Research

Over my career I have led 8 Australian Research Grants grants totalling $1.5 million. Some of these research teams have produced ground-breaking knowledge. Along with my husband Russell Hogg, and colleague Maximo Sozzo from Universidad Nacional de Litorel, Argentina, we pioneered southern criminology – a project that aims to bridge global divides, democratise criminological concepts, theories and methods and inject the field with innovative ideas and research from the periphery.

For three decades I researched gender and violence, am the author of Feminism and Global Justice (2015), and Who Killed Leigh Leigh? (1998), along with another 145 publications.

I am the lead investigator of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project ‘Preventing Gender Violence: Lessons from the Global South’. My team has undertaken a world first study on how Women’s Police Stations in Argentina respond to and prevent gender violence and what Australia can learn to improve its policing response to gender violence. I am also leading a follow up ARC Discovery on Improving the Policing of Gender Violence, to continue this research with an Australian based research team from 2021- 2025. There has been substantial media, community and government interest in this research.

I have presented my research all over the world

Over the last three decades, I have built a reputation as a world leading expert on gender violence and its prevention. I have presented over 30 invited keynotes at international academic conferences in the UK, Bangladesh, US, Spain, Argentina, China, Mexico, and Australia. Last year I was a keynote speaker at the British Society of Criminology.

I also presented my ARC DP team’s research findings on how women’s police stations prevent domestic violence for Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford, the Cambridge University criminology, The Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the United Nations Women Commission on the Status of Women NGO conference in New York in 2019 and on-line in 2021, as well as to QPS 15 June 2021.

I do research that Benefits Ordinary Australians

From 2008 to 2011, I led an ARC research investigation into the reasons for the higher rates of violence of men in rural Australia. The team found the areas with the highest rates of violence were those at the centre of the mining boom. The shift to fly in fly out (FIFO) workers saw thousands of men flood into these towns, doubling the size of the population overnight, and ramping up rates of alcohol-fuelled violence. The research was central to the recommendations of the Australian Parliament House Inquiry Impact of FIFO Workforces on Rural and Regional Australia.

A Queensland Govt inquiry followed. Her team’s ARC research was a central piece of evidence. The mining industry’s call to extend 100% FIFO operations across Qld Bowen Basin was rejected, and the practice of employing 100% FIFO was banned. Kelly Vea Vea, Counsellor of a Queensland Mining Community from Moranbah, remarked at the time:

“Kerry [Carrington] and her team gave us access to genuinely independent information for the first time. A weapon in our hand to fight with. Communities don’t get many wins in the coalfields. This time, we won.”

Kelly Vea Vea, Counsellor of a Queensland Mining Community from Moranbah