Associate Professor Sarah Bennett

Associate Professor

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


Associate Professor Sarah Bennett is the Program Director, Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Queensland. Her research interests include evidence-based policing and practice, procedural justice and legitimacy, experimental criminology, and organisational practice. These interests are interwoven within three research aims to 1) advance the role of police and police training in improving outcomes for survivors, offenders and communities, 2) innovate and apply rigorous research methods in real world settings to inform policy and practice and 3) advance organisational facilitators and theories for effective practice. Sarah has significant and internationally unique expertise in delivering complex research projects with translational benefits to improve policing practice in the UK and Australia. Sarah is a Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology (AEC). Sarah is invested in strong partnerships with industry to facilitate measurable and meaningful research outcomes.

Research Interests

  • Legitimacy and policing
  • Experimental criminology
  • 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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Book Chapter

  • Mazerolle, Lorraine, Bennett, Sarah, Martin, Peter, Newman, Michael and Platz, Debbie (2022). Translational criminology in the Antipodes: a tale of trials, tribulations, and (sometimes) triumph. Translational criminology in policing. (pp. 217-234) edited by The George Mason Police Research Group with David Weisburd. New York, NY, United States: Routledge/Taylor and Francis. doi: 10.4324/9781003153009-17

  • Mazerolle, Lorraine, Bennett, Sarah, Martin, Peter, Newman, Michael, Cowan, David and Williams, Simon (2021). Evidence-based policing in Australia and New Zealand. The globalization of evidence-based policing: innovations in bridging the research-practice divide. (pp. 136-149) edited by Eric L. Piza and Brandon C. Welsh. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003027508-12

  • Bennett, Sarah, Mazerolle, Lorraine, Antrobus, Emma, Martin, Peter and Hine, Lorelei (2019). Trials and tribulations of evidence based procedural justice. Evidence based policing: an introduction. (pp. 145-160) edited by Renée J. Mitchell and Laura Huey. Bristol, United Kingdom: Policy Press.

  • Bennett, Sarah, Hine, Lorelei and Mazerolle, Lorraine (2018). Procedural justice. Oxford bibliographies. (pp. 1-3) New York , NY, United States: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/OBO/9780195396607-0241

  • Bennett, Sarah, Davis, Jacqueline and Mazerolle, Lorraine (2014). Police-led interventions to enhance police legitimacy. Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. (pp. 3753-3765) edited by Gerben Bruinsma and David Weisburd. 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. Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. (pp. 5211-5221) edited by Gerben Bruinsma and David Weisburd. New York, USA: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_172

  • Mazerolle, Lorraine and Bennett, Sarah (2010). Experimental criminology. Oxford Bibliographies: Criminology. (pp. 1-1) edited by Beth M. Huebner. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/OBO/9780195396607-0085

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Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision