Dr Sarah Bennett

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Science
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 334 67866


Dr Sarah Bennett is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Social Science and a Fellow of the Australia Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Children and Families. Sarah is an experimental criminologist with experience in running multi-site randomized controlled trials with police in Australia and the UK and is committed to evidence driven industry-research partnerships which directly informs policy and practice. Sarah develops and facilitates Evidence Based Policing/Practice workshops which provide police (and other organisations) with the foundations for leading research. Sarah’s research interests include evidence based policing, procedural justice and legitimacy, restorative justice, pathways to preventing offending and the impact of crime on victims. Sarah is a Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology (AEC) and recipient of the distinguished AEC Young Scholar Award and Nigel Walker Prize (Cambridge University).Sarah is invested in rigorous research projects and partnerships which directly inform policy and practice.

Research Interests

  • Experimental criminology
  • Legitimacy and Policing
  • Criminal careers
  • Restorative justice
  • Vulnerable communities
  • Crime prevention
  • Child protection


  • MPhil, University of Cambridge
  • Bachelor of Arts, Scripps College
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge


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  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Bennett, Sarah, Davis, Jacqueline and Mazerolle, Lorraine (2014). Police-led interventions to enhance police legitimacy. In Gerben Bruinsma and David Weisburd (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice (pp. 3753-3765) New York, USA: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_478

  • Nitschke, Faye, Mazerolle, Lorraine and Bennett, Sarah (2014). Third party policing and school truancy. In Gerben Bruinsma and David Weisburd (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice (pp. 5211-5221) New York, USA: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_172

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