Diana Johns is Chair of Criminology in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She is a qualitative, community-engaged researcher who works with people often described as ‘hard-to-reach’, including people who have been criminalised and/or imprisoned, young people, and African Australian communities. Her research is focused on the effects of criminalisation, the impacts of imprisonment, and the possibilities of restorative, relational and reintegrative justice practices.
Her first book, Being and Becoming an Ex-Prisoner drew upon her PhD reserach, and was published by Routledge in 2018. Her collaborative writing projects include two new books: Place, Race and Politics: The Anatomy of a Law and Order Crisis (Weber et al. Emerald, 2021) and Coproduction and Criminal Justice (Johns et al. Routledge, 2022).
To view Diana’s address to the 2022 National Youth Justice Conference, click here.