Senior Lecturer Criminology
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 extension 8964
Room WT 1409, Level 14
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- PhD in Criminology from the University of Wales, Bangor
- MA in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Wales, Bangor
- BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Wales, Bangor.
Memberships and Affiliations:
Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
- Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Policing and Society
- The Police and Crime Prevention
- Social Policy
- Reading Paper
- Coop Supervision
- Postgraduate Supervision
- Police use of force and non-lethal weapons
- Police legitimacy and accountability
- Police reform
- Police corruption
- The transfer of international police policy
- Rural crime and policing
- Public and media understandings of crime and policing
John Buttle gained his Ph.D. in Criminology from the Centre for Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Wales, Bangor in the United Kingdom. His thesis is entitled "The Shift from Defensive to Offensive Policing: CS spray and the Use of Force".
John's current research interests revolve around:
- Police reform in New Zealand and Indonesia
- examining what is known about rural crime and policing
- gaining greater understanding of police legitimacy as well as systems of police accountability
- examining the public perception of crime and the police.
John has published in reputable academic journals, written chapters for books and he often attends international conferences. He has written reports for the New Zealand Police, the Ministry of Justice and the National Assembly for Wales.
Local politicians, the police and human rights organisations have sought his advice on matters of policy and criminal justice reform.
John is regularly interviewed by local and international media. He actively engages in public debates on the future of criminal justice in New Zealand.
Current Research Projects:
My New Zealand focused research is providing a critical analysis on the the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) by examining how independent this organization is from the police. Furthermore, I am in the process of gaining insight into how abolitionist perspectives on prison may benefit New Zealand.
Along with colleagues I am currently writing about aspects of policing in Indonesia. Including police corruption, media representations of police corruption, the police complaints process, and how transnational police partnerships have effected Indonesian police reform with the provision of donations and advice.
My postgraduate students have conducted research into how the police utilise DNA evidence. Some have researched how media representations provoke fear of crime in the public imagination and how fear of crime can influence how people engage in the workplace. One student investigated public perceptions of vigilantism while another is conducting a comparative analysis of the New Zealand and Hungarian criminal justice systems.
- Graham Davies, S. Stone, L. Buttle, J.W. (2015) A Disinterested Press: Reporting Police in a Provincial Indonesian Newspaper. Media Asia Research. 42: 1-2. P 47- 60.
- Buttle, J.W. Graham Davies, S. & Meliala, A. (2015) A Cultural Constraints Theory of Police Corruption: Understanding the Persistence of Police Corruption in Contemporary Indonesia. Australian And New Zealand Journal of Criminology.
- Graham Davies, S. Buttle, J.W. & Meliala, A. (2015). Journal of Social Science Research. 6:2. P1023-1033.
- Graham Davies, S. Buttle, J.W. & Meliala, A. (2014) Gangnam Style vs Eye of the Tiger: People, Police, and Procedural Justice in Indonesia. Policing and Society.
- Buttle, J.W. & Rodgers, J. (2014) Panic About Crime in New Zealand's Rural Paradise. New Zealand Journal of Sociology. 29:2. P31-54.
- Graham Davies, S. & Buttle, J.W. (2014) Policing in Indonesia: Exploring ways in which the Legitimacy of the Police may Effect Economic Development and the Prosperity of the Indonesian State. Final Report for the Global Education International Research Fund. GRA-792-1. Wellington, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
- Buttle, J.W. (2013) Review of Jarrod Gilbert's Patched: The History of Gangs in New Zealand. Auckland: Auckland University (2013), in the Journal of New Zealand Studies. N0 16. 177-178.
- Graham Davies, S. Meliala, A. & Buttle, J.W. (2013) Arif's Audacity: How can you be a straight cop when people just give you money. Inside Indonesia. 113. Jul-Sep.
- Graham Davies, S. & Meliala, A. Buttle, J.W. (2013) Indonesia's Secret Police Weapon: Perfectly Coiffed Hair and Rose-Pink Cheeks. Inside Indonesia. 111. Jan-Mar.
- Buttle, J.W. & Rodgers, J. (2012) "There Can Be No Orcs in New Zealand": Do Media Representations of Crime Tarnish Tourism . In R. Mawby, E. Barclay, & C. Jones, (eds) Tourism, Leisure and Crime: The Problem of Pleasure. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
- Buttle, J.W. (2012) How can Criminology as an Academic Discipline Engage with Criminalisation and Marginalisation in Aotearoa? PacifiCrim the Newsletter of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology. 9:1. p 6
- Julich, S. & Buttle, J.W. (2010) Beyond Conflict Resolution: Towards a Restorative Process for Sexual Violence. Te Awatea Review: The Journal of Te Awatea Violence Research.8: 1&2. p 21-25.
- Julich, S. & Buttle, J.W. (in press 2011) Beyond Conflict Resolution: Towards a Restorative Process for Sexual Violence. Te Awatea Review: The Journal of Te Awatea Violence Research.
- Buttle, J.W. & Rodgers, J. (in press 2011) "There Can Be No Orks in New Zealand": Media Representations of Holiday Crime and Disorder. In R. Mawby, E. Barclay, & C. Jones, (eds) Tourism, Leisure and Crime: The Problem of Pleasure. Collumpton: Willan Publishing.
- Buttle, J.W. Fowler, C. & Williams, M.W. (2010) The Impact of Rural Policing on the Private Lives of New Zealand Police Officers. International Journal of Police Science Management. 12:4. P 596-606.
- Buttle, J.W. (2010) The Case Against Arming the Police. Rethinking Crime and Punishment (RECAP) Newsletter. 82. December. rethinking.org.nz
- Buttle, J.W. (2010) Russell Smith Experiences Auckland's Emergent Criminology. Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC) Newsletter. 7:2. P 5.
- Buttle, J.W. (2010) "Officer Safety and Public Safety" Training the Police to Use Force. In J,Kuhns & J, Knuttsson (eds) Police Use of Force: A Global Perspective Preager: Security International.
- Julich, S. Buttle, J.W. Freeborn, E.V. & Cummins, C. (2010) Project Restore: An Exploratory Study of Restorative Justice and Sexual Violence. Wellington: Ministry of Justice.
- Buttle, J.W. (2009) Review of T. Newburn, (eds) Handbook of Policing (Second edition). Collumpton, Devon: Willan Publishing 2008, 912. For Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie. 2: 30. p
- Buttle, J.W. (2008) Staring from a Broken Window with Tolerance. Rethinking Crime and Punishment (RECAP) Newsletter. 34. March.rethinking.org.nz
- Buttle, J.W. (2007) A Constructive Critique of the Officer Safety Programme used in England and Wales. Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy. 17:2. p 164-181.
- Buttle, J.W. (2006) What is Known about Policing Rural Crime: Reviewing the Contemporary Literature. A Report to the New Zealand Police Rural Liaison. Wellington.
- Buttle, J.W. (2006) Unravelling the "Velcro Effect": Is deterring assaults against the police indicative of a more aggressive style of policing? International Journal of Police Science Management. 8:2. p133-142.
- Buttle, J.W. (2003) "What's Good For Them, Is Good For Us": Outside Influences on the Adoption of an Incapacitant Spray by the British Police. International Journal of Police Science Management. 5: 2. P 99-111.
- Wardhaugh, J. & Buttle, J.W. (2000) Rural Homelessness: A Study of Conwy County. University of Wales, Bangor.
- Buttle, J.W. & Graham Davies, S. (2010) Panel Discussion on Child Safety in the Criminal Justice System. Child Protection Research Centre, University of Indonesia, Jakarta, 3 Dec.
- Buttle, J.W. & Fowler, C. (2010) Public Trust in the New Zealand Police. Indonesian Police Collage, Jakarta, 2 Dec.
- Buttle, J.W. & Julich, S. (2010) Lessons Learned About the Use of Restorative Justice in cases of Sexual Violence and the Implications for an Inquisitorial Approach to Child Sex Abuse in New Zealand. Contribution of Forensic Psychology Toward Legal Problems Undergone by Children as Witness, Victim, and Suspect of Crime. The Indonesian Association of Forensic Psychologists (APSIFOR) Conference. Faculty of Psychology University of Indonesia, 24-26 November.
- Buttle, J.W. (2010) Problems with Policing and Preventing Fraud. Evasion and Fraud Conference. New Zealand Inland Revenue. Rendezvous Hotel, Auckland. 1-2 September.
- Deckert, A & Buttle J.W. (2010) Re-Conceptualising Independence for Civilian Oversight of Police Complaints: An International Comparison. Department of Sociology Colloquium, University of Auckland. 2 June.
- Buttle, J.W. (2010) The Myth Busting Bonus: What Does Criminology Offer New Zealand Society? Lecture for the University of the Third Age. Te Tuhi Centre For Arts, Auckland. 3 May.
- 2009 Policing New Zealand: Perspectives of Rural and Urban Police Officers. A ‘Mirror’ or a ‘Motor’? What Is Criminology For? British Society of Criminology Conference, Cardiff University and the University of Glamorgan, 29 June - 1 July.
- 2008 The Threat to Police Legitimacy in New Zealand: The Notion of Synergistic Erosion. Criminology: Linking Theory, Policy and Practice- Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, National Convention Centre Canberra 26-28 November.
- 2008 “New Zealand – A Land Fit For Criminals?” A Public Debate on the Future of Criminal Justice Policy in New Zealand. Maxim Institute. Central Theatre, Auckland Grammar School. 26 June.
- 2007 “The Seduction and Repulsions of Crime: A Criminological Inoculation”. A Speech for the Launch of the BA Criminology. School of Social Sciences, Auckland University of Technology. 25 September.
- 2006 Securing the Future: Networked Policing in New Zealand. Police Act Review and the School of Government, Victoria, University of Wellington.
- 2005 Promoting Social Critique in Criminology: Is it Possible? Is it Enough? Promoting Social Critique-Sociology Association of Aotearoa New Zealand. Eastern Institute of Technology. Hawke’s Bay 25-27 November.
- 2004 New Frontiers in Restorative Justice: Advancing Theory and Practice. Massey University, Albany. 2-5 December.
- 2004 ‘The outside influences on the adoption of incapacitant sprays by the British police: A problematic example of policy transfer.’ Department of Sociology Colloquium, University of Auckland. 5 May.
- 2003 ‘Defining reasonable force: from “fuzzy” concept to practical application’. The Challenge of Comparative Crime and Justice - British Society of Criminology Conference, University of Wales, Bangor 24-26 June.
- 2003 ‘ “I didn’t see that coming”: the police officers fear of uncertainty’. School of Social Sciences Colloquium, University of Wales, Bangor. 30 October.
- 2002 “I didn’t see that coming”: the police officers fear of uncertainty’. Crossing Borders - British Society of Criminology Conference, Keele University, 17-20 July.
- 2000 “The police use of chemical sprays: A historical perspective that raises concerns”. School of Social Sciences Colloquium, University of Wales, Bangor. 11 October
- 2000 'When the police make you cry: a comparative study of the Police use of chemical sprays by Britain and the United States'. Crimes of the Future: The Futures of Criminology - British Society of Criminology Conference, University of Leicester, 5-7 July.
- 2000 Presentation and Dissemination of Findings and Argument, Gregynog Colloquium 16-18 June.
- 2000 State Crime and Corporate Violence: Human Rights Violations in the New World Order, Conference of the British Section of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, University of Wales, Bangor, 25-27 April.
- 2000 'When the police make you cry', The Gregynog Conference, University of Wales, February.
- 1999 'Wales a Homeless Free Zone: Strategies to End Homelessness in Wales', Plas Menai Nr Bangor, 3 December.
- 1999 'Tackling Homelessness in Rural Areas', Grantham, Lincolnshire, 11 and 12 November.
- 1999 'Gun Control: current Issues and Future Challenges', Scarman Centre, Leicester University, 10 February.
I was nominated to represent the Faculty of Applied Humanities (now Faculty of Society and Culture) for the Emerging Researcher category in the 2008 round of the Vice Chancellor’s Research Awards.
I was nominated by students for the 2008 AuSM Awesome Awards for the category of Best Lecturer in the Faculty of Applied Humanities.
I was rated as research active in the “New and Emerging Researcher” category during the 2006 round of the PBRF