Dr Michelle Sydes

Research Fellow

School of Social Science
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 51070


Michelle Sydes is a criminologist and Lecturer at the School of Social Science. Michelle's PhD explored the impact of immigration on neighbourhood violence and provided the first longitudinal examination of the immigration-crime link in the Australian context. Her research interests are centred on communities and crime – with particular focus on how changes in immigration, disadvantage and residential segregation impact neighbourhood crime. Between 2017 and 2018, Michelle worked in partnership with the Office of the Chief Inspector to promote, implement and assess evidence based practices at Queensland Corrective Services. Michelle continues to pursue research focused on understanding best practice in corrections. Michelle's work has been published in leading national and international journals including the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, the Journal of Experimental Criminology, Crime and Delinquency, the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology and the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. Michelle has worked on and co-authored several systematic reviews including a rapid review of the ‘what works’ literature in corrections. This review was used by Queensland Corrective Services to guide and inform their 10 Year Strategic Plan.

Research Interests

  • Immigration and Crime
  • Neighbourhood Effects
  • Corrections
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Quantitative Research Methods


  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Journalism, The University of Queensland


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Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Sydes, Michelle and Wickes, Rebecca (2021). The land of the ‘Fair Go’? Mapping income inequality and socioeconomic segregation across Melbourne Neighbourhoods. Urban socio-economic segregation and income inequality. (pp. 229-246) edited by Maarten van Ham, Tiit Tammaru, Rūta Ubarevičienė and Heleen Janssen. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

  • Wickes, Rebecca and Sydes, Michelle (2015). Immigration and crime. The Routledge handbook on crime and international migration. (pp. 11-25) edited by Sharon Pickering and Julie Ham. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780203385562

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision