Salus Journal’s International Editorial Board


Dr Philip Birch
Senior Lecturer
Centre for Law and Justice
Charles Sturt University, Port Macquarie, Queensland

Dr Philip Birch, BSocSc(Hons), MSc, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the Centre for Law and Justice at Charles Sturt University.  He previously held posts at the University of Western Sydney, the University of New South Wales, and the University of Huddersfield, in the United Kingdom. Prior to entering academia Dr Birch worked as a criminologist in the UK prison service, as well as in the crime and disorder field which included managing a specialist crime unit.  Dr Birch has published internationally, including books, book chapters, peer reviewed articles and Government reports in his main areas of research—offender management & rehabilitation; police, prisons and probation practices; gender symmetry violence with a particular focus on domestic and family violence along with sex work. He was the founder and inaugural editor-in-chief of the Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice (2014–2017), and currently sits on the editorial board of theJournal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research.

Dr Emma Colvin
Centre for Law and Justice
Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, New South Wales

Dr Emma Colvin, BA, MCrim, PhD, is a Lecturer in Criminology in the Centre for Law and Justice at Charles Sturt University. She was the Managing Editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology (2010–2012) and is the current Editor of PacifiCrim, the newsletter of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology. Dr Colvin is currently researching bail decision-making in Australia and the criminalisation of children in out-of-home-care through two Category One Criminology Research Council Grants (2017–19). Dr Colvin is the Research Area Leader and Postgraduate Coordinator for the Centre for Law and Justice. She previously researched/taught in Criminology at Monash University and Legal Studies at La Trobe University. Prior to entering academia, Dr Colvin was a broker in the risk management and insurance industry.

Book Review Editor

Dr Susan Robinson
Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security
Charles Sturt University

Dr Robinson, PhD, is a criminologist and lecturer in the School of Policing Studies, Charles Sturt University in New South Wales.  In addition to teaching theoretical and applied criminology, Dr Robinson is an associate researcher with the Centre for Excellence in Policing and Research.  Her research interests include social and criminal justice, child protection, corrections, and policing.  She has extensive experience in working in law enforcement areas including prisons, community corrections, and juvenile justice in South Australia as well as the Australian Capital Territory.  She has researched and published in the area of women in policing and has a long standing interest in child protection having worked as a social worker in the child protection system in South Australia, New South Wales, and the United Kingdom.  Dr Robinson has a particular interest in researching and publishing in the field of child protection.

Assistant Editor

Ms Kellie Smyth, BA, MApAnth, GradCert (LearnTeach in HigherEd)
Division of Learning and Teaching
Charles Sturt University, Canberra

Associate Editors

Dr Anna Corbo Crehan
Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security
Charles Sturt University, New South Wales

Dr Corbo Crehan BA(Hons), PhD (University of Melbourne) is a philosopher by profession and currently a Lecturer in the School of Policing Studies, Charles Sturt University.  She is also a Research Fellow in the university’s Centre for Philosophy and Public Ethics. Her research areas include various ethical issues facing police — particularly, integrity, professional boundaries, vulnerable populations, and policing Indigenous communities. She also conducts research into ethics, and professional ethics — in themselves and as elements of professional education.  Dr Corbo Crehan is the Managing Editor of the Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics and a member of the Charles Sturt University Human Research Ethics Committee.  She teaches in two policing-related Bachelors courses, and also supervises a number of doctoral and masters level students across a range of policing-related topics and international policing contexts. She enjoys the challenge of applying her philosophical knowledge and skills to the practical issues facing contemporary policing, both in her research and her teaching.

Dr Ruth Delaforce
Charles Sturt University, Bathurst

Dr Delaforce, BA, MA, PhD, is a lecturer with the Centre for Law and Justice at Charles Sturt University.  She is also an adjunct investigator with the Australian Research Council Centre for Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS) and co-editor of the CEPS Briefing Paper and Working Paper series.  Dr Delaforce completed her PhD in international relations and criminology at Griffith University in 2010.  Her thesis topic focused on the relationship between private military and security contractors and the state; it is currently being prepared for publication with Ashgate, entitled A Mafia for the State: The Private Military and Security Contracting Industry, 1945 to 2012.  In addition to this, she is also preparing a manuscript on crime and the military, entitled Military Organisation and the Organisation of Crime, for publication with Palgrave Macmillan.  Her research interests include the military-crime nexus, private military and security companies, insurgency and counterinsurgency studies.  Dr Delaforce has previously been employed in the private and public sectors, and law enforcement.

Dr Veronica Fox
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Dr Fox, BA, MA, DPS, is a criminologist-practitioner with over sixteen years of experience in Canadian criminal justice system. She is a lecturer in the Faculty of Criminology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, British Columbia, Canada. Dr Fox has extensive experience in front-line policing, youth justice, behavioural sciences, and information management. Her doctoral research examined the interplay of power and narrative in crime, justice, and policing stories in the Canadian mass media. Her research interests include the impact of social media on policing practice, police-media interactions, and first-responder mental wellness.

Dr Garth den Heyer
New Zealand Police

Dr den Heyer, BBS, MSc, MSS, DPubPol, is an Inspector with the New Zealand Police. He is also a Senior Research Fellow with the Police Foundation in Washington, DC.  He is the Manager of National Security for the New Zealand Police and is responsible for implementing and managing the New Zealand Police’s national operational response to natural and civil disasters and national security/counterterrorism incidents.  Dr den Heyer has extensive experience in police and security sector reform issues in post-conflict nations, including in the Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Bougainville and Afghanistan.  Dr den Heyer has published a number of papers, articles and books on policing, including the militarization of police, police reform, policing post conflict states and police performance and service delivery effectiveness.  He completed an 18 month United States Institute of Peace funded research project which evaluated the role of civilian police in peacekeeping and is currently the Principle Investigator on a US Office of Community Oriented Policing Services’ (COPS) funded research project.  This project was a national and international comparative assessment of cost-reducing strategies adopted by police agencies to maintain effective and efficient delivery of services.

Dr Victoria Herrington
Australian Institute of Police Management, Sydney

Dr Herrington, PhD, is the Director of Research and Learning at the Australian Institute of Police Management.  She is a subject matter expert in applied policing.  She specialises in criminal justice research in areas of: strategic policing partnerships; the policing of psychologically vulnerable groups; the interface between policing and public health; and police leadership and management.  She is the author of numerous papers in leading peer-reviewed journals and scholarly book chapters.  Dr Herrington is co-editor of Policing in Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) which provides police studies students as well as young in service police officers and recruits with a companion text for their studies linking policing practice with academice theory.  In addition, she is Associate Editor with the Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, and an Associate Investigator with the Australian Research Council funded Centre for Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS).  She holds a PhD in Laws from Kings College London, and a MSc and BSc (Hons) from the University of Portsmouth.  Dr Herrington has held a variety of academic and law enforcement posts in the United Kingdom and Australia.

Dr Valerie Ingham
Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security
Charles Sturt University, Canberra

Dr Ingham, BAdultEd, MEd, PhD, joined Charles Sturt University in 2005, where she lectures in Emergency Management.  Prior to this appointment she was with the University of Western Sydney.  Her PhD examined the somatic and aesthetic awareness of incident controllers in time pressured decision making.  She is a founding member of the Bangladesh Australia Disaster Research Group and her research interests include perceptions of risk and resilience in Bangladeshi and Australian communities, and the tertiary education of emergency managers.  Dr Ingham is experienced in the design, development and delivery of programs in the disciplines of emergency management, fire services, adult education and community services.

Dr Alida Merlo
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Dr Merlo, BA, MS, PhD, is Professor of Criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Previously, she was a Professor of Criminal Justice at Westfield State University in Massachusetts. Her research is in the areas of juvenile justice, women and law, and criminal justice policy. She is the co-author (with Dean J. Champion and Peter J. Benekos) of The Juvenile Justice System: Delinquency, Processing, and the Law, 7th Edition, co-author (with Peter J. Benekos) of Crime Control, Politics & Policy, 2nd edition, co-editor (with Peter J. Benekos) of Controversies in Juvenile Justice and Delinquency, 2nd edition; and co-editor (with Joycelyn M. Pollock) of Women, Law & Social Control, 2nd edition. Recently, her research has been published in the International Journal of Police Science and Management, the Turkish Journal of Police Studies, the Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Youth Justice, Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, Women & Criminal Justice, the Journal of Ethnicity. She is on the editorial board for Crime & Delinquency, Women & Criminal Justice, and the International Journal of Police Science and Management. She is a past-president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.  In 2012, she was presented with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Minority Mentor Award. Previously, she received the Academy’s Fellow Award and Founder Award.

Dr Tim Prenzler
Griffith University, Queensland

Dr Prenzler, BA, MA, PhD, is a Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security where he manages the Integrity Systems project and works in the Frontline Policing project. He teaches in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University, but has also taught politics at the University of Queensland. He is the author (with Dr Rick Sarre) of The Law of Private Security in Australia (Thomson Reuters, 2009), now in its second edition.

Dr Suzanna Ramirez
Institute for Social Science Research
University of Queensland

Dr Ramirez, BS, BA, MA, PhD, is a research fellow for the Australian Research Council, Centre for Excellence in Policing and Security, working on the National Security and Preparedness Survey.  Dr Ramirez completed her PhD in sociology at the University of Washington in 2011.   Her dissertation examined the relationship between neighbourhood collective efficacy, collective behaviour, and violent crime, particularly for immigrants. Dr Ramirez’s research interests include neighbourhood crime and collective behaviour, ecological theories of crime, and juvenile justice practices for youth delinquency and child dependency cases. More specifically, she is currently working on three core projects while at University of Queensland. The National Survey seeks to benchmark Australian attitudes towards terrorism, national security, and overall wellbeing.  The Living in Queensland study seeks to track how Queenslanders are preparing for disaster over time.  Lastly, she is currently working on a project that seeks to understand how definitions and reports of child abuse and maltreatment vary across Brisbane neighbourhoods.

Dr Rick Sarre
University of South Australia

Dr Sarre, LLB, MA, SJD, is Professor of Law and Criminal Justice and teaches criminology, criminal law, sports law and media law in the School of Law at the University of South Australia.  He was educated in Adelaide, Iowa, Ontario, and Canberra, and in 2015 was awarded the Juris Doctor (Honoris Causa) from Umeå University, Sweden in recognition of his contributions to the law.  He currently serves as the President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology.  In 2005 he and Dr Tim Prenzler published The Law of Private Security in Australia (Thomson Reuters, now in its second edition, 2009).  His current research is in the fields of bail reform, restorative justice, and surveillance science, law and practice.

Dr Patrick F Walsh
Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security
Charles Sturt University, Sydney

Dr Patrick F. Walsh, BA, MSocSc, PhD, is a Associate Professor of Intelligence and Security Studies at the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, Charles Sturt University, Sydney. He is the Course Coordinator for the post-graduate intelligence analysis program. He teaches national security and intelligence issues as part of this program and has a broad research interest in areas that include: national security and law enforcement intelligence; intelligence reform issues; emerging intelligence practice areas; and biosecurity. He is the author of Intelligence and Intelligence Analysis (Routledge, 2011).  Dr Walsh is also a consultant to government agencies on policies that address intelligence reform.

Dr Troy Whitford
Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security
Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales

Dr Whitford, BA, MA, PhD, lectures in the intelligence studies program at Charles Sturt University and is a doctoral supervisor in policing and security issues. His research interests include political intelligence gathering and the place of private investigation firms within the broader intelligence community. Dr Whitford has written on elements of the extreme right in Australia and the nature of political intelligence in the twenty-first century. He has served as law enforcement adviser to Senator Fiona Nash the Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement. He is a licensed private investigator and a director of Civintel Pty Ltd, an intelligence-led private investigations company.