Criminology at AUT University: subject overview

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.

Key academic contact

Dr Kirsten Hanna.

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

Research interests

  • Criminological discourse, criminal narratives and identity
  • Indigenous peoples, epistemologies and methodologies
  • Violent behaviour
  • Child witnesses in the criminal courts
  • Reforming the cross-examination of child witnesses
  • Children's rights

Criminology industry and research associations

Academic staff are members of professional associations in New Zealand and in Australia. Memberships create opportunities for research partnerships and conferences.

Industry associations

  • 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.

Research associations

Criminology degrees and qualifications



News, events and conferences

Last updated: 05-Dec-2016 4.48pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.