PROF Alison Young

PROF Alison Young


  • Cities, urban space, regulation, governance
  • Cultural Representations of Law, Crime and Justice (culture, film and television, visual communication, cultural criminology)
  • Cultural criminology
  • Graffiti and Street Art (graffiti, street art, young people, regulation, cultural criminology, street art)
  • Homelessness, public space
  • Socio-Legal Responses to Art (art, regulation, justice, judgment)



  • Alison Young is the Francine V. McNiff Professor of Criminology in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

    She has researched graffiti and street art for many years, and her ongoing research engages with the ways in which we live in and govern city spaces. She is currently developing a study of crime and neighbourhood change in Australia and Japan. At the University Melbourne, she is a member of the executive of the Research Unit in Public Cultures, an interdisciplinary group of academics, artists, policymakers and urban designers interested in communicative cities, mobility, networked cultures, and public space.She is also a Research Convenor in the Future Cities Research Cluster, Melbourne Sustainable Societies Institute, School of Design.

    She is also a Professor in the Law School at City University, London, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Law, Southern Cross University. She has been a visiting professor at Westminster University, Birkbeck College, State University of New York at Buffalo, Hong Kong University, and New York University and has been a visiting research fellow at the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University and was the Karl Loewenstein Fellow in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College.

    She has delivered policy advice to the Victorian Law Reforrm Commission, KESAB, the Cities of Melbourne, Knox, Onkaparinga, and Yarra. She recently conducted research on visible homelessness and the governance of public space in conjunction with Justice Connect and the City of Yarra.   


Member of

  • Centre for Media and Communications Law, University of Melbourne. Standard 2005 - 2009
  • Law and Literature Association of Australia. Vice-President 2004 - 2009
  • Law and Literature Association of Australia. President 2003


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • 2003 Visiting Research Fellow, Dept of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London

    2000 Karl Loewenstein Fellowship in Political Science and Jurisprudence, Amherst College

    2008 Visiting Fellow, Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Cambridge 1988
  • MPhil, University of Cambridge 1985
  • LLB, The University of Edinburgh 1984

Awards and honors

  • Penny Pether Prize for best book in Law, Literature and the Humanities, 2016
  • Economic and Social Research Council, U.K., 1985



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Areas of research supervision: public space, crime and urban space, spatial criminology, graffiti and street art, homelessness, media representations of crime, law and art, crime and the image.