Associate Professor Sarah Bennett

Associate Professor

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


Dr Sarah Bennett is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Queensland. Her research interests include evidence-based policing, procedural justice and legitimacy, experimental criminology and police practices. These interests are interwoven within three research aims to 1) understand the role of protective and developmental risk factors in future life outcomes, 2) advance the role of police and police training in improving outcomes for victims, offenders and communities and 3) innovate and apply rigorous research methods in real world settings to inform policy and practice. Sarah has significant and internationally unique expertise in the application of complex randomised controlled trials in the UK and Australia within courts, prisons, schools and policing contexts working with relevant stakeholders to achieve project outcomes. Sarah is a Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology (AEC). Sarah is invested in strong partnerships with industry to facilitate measureable 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

  • 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 Mitchell and Laura Huey. Bristol, United Kingdom: Bristol University Press and 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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