Criminology department

The Criminology department is part of social sciences and public policy at AUT.

Criminology is the study of the characteristics of criminal law, the extent of crime, the effects of crime on victims and society, methods of crime prevention, the attributes of criminals, and the workings of the criminal justice system, such as the police, the courts, and the prisons.

Undergraduate study in criminology will give you a solid grounding in this area.

The Criminology department offers a range of postgraduate degrees:

Research in social sciences

Our research covers criminological discourse, criminal narratives and identity; indigenous peoples, epistemologies and methodologies; violent behaviour; child witnesses in the criminal courts and children's rights.

More about our research

Industry and research associations

Our academic staff are members of professional associations which create opportunities for research partnerships. These include:

  • Rethinking Crime and Punishment
  • American Society of Criminology
  • New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice
  • International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG)
  • Kaitiaki Research and Evaluation Ltd.

Our research associations include:

Contact us

Dr Kirsten Hanna.

Dr Kirsten Hanna
Programme Leader Criminology
Key academic contact
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 8308

kihanna@aut.ac.nz