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Diana Johns

Senior Lecturer In Criminology
Post-release support
Working with vulnerable and 'difficult to engage' groups; diversion and prevention of young people's criminality and criminalisation
Diversion and prevention of young people involved in offending; restorative and therapeutic approaches to justice
barriers to (re)integration
imprisoned men.
criminology & penology
social sciences
sex offenses
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Diana Johns

Primary Interest
Evaluation of justice and socio-legal processes and programs
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Diana Johns


Diana Johns is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social and Political Sciences. Her (mainly qualitative) research interests include post-prison (re)integration, restorative and therapeutic justice, young people's involvement with the justice system, and African Australians’ experiences of media representation, criminalisation, exclusion and inclusion.

Diana completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne, exploring men's experience of prison release from the perspective of ex-prisoners and post-release support workers, and highlighting the critical role of community in providing opportunities for participation and acceptance to help facilitate post-prison (re)integration. In 2015 Diana undertook postdoctoral research for the Welsh Centre of Crime and Social Justice and the Youth Justice Board (YJB Cymru) in Wales, UK, where she focused on young people's 'prolific' offending, examining the trajectories of young people involved in high-volume, frequent and persistent offending. Recent projects on which she has been co-investigator include: the Youth Diversion Pilot Program evaluation for the Children's Court of Victoria, with Professor Stuart Thomas and Dr Marg Liddell at RMIT; research for Corrections Victoria relating to serious sexual and violent offending; a study of the effects of demonising media narratives on South Sudanese young people since Moomba 2016, with colleagues at Monash University and the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY). Her current research is focused on: African-Australians' community support and (re)integration needs; restorative responses to adolescent family violence; the use of apps in criminal justice; and therapeutic approaches in youth justice custodial settings. She founded and co-convenes, with Dr Sophie Rudolph (MGSE), the Justice-Involved Young People (JYP) Network (’s first book, Being and Becoming an Ex-Prisoner, based on her PhD research, was published in 2018 by Routledge (part of the International Series on Desistance and Rehabilitation). She is currently involved in collaborative writing projects that include two new books, #Africangangs: The Construction of a Law and Order Crisis (Leanne Weber et al., Emerald) and Coproducing Criminal Justice Knowledge (Johns et al., Routledge), both due to be published in 2021.

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships


PhD scholarship as part of an ARC Discovery grant for the Australian Prisons Project (based at UniMelb and UNSW)

University of Melbourne


$2000 prize for Excellence in Research granted by the College of Design and Social Context

RMIT University


Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) for Masters research

RMIT University





Senior Lecturer In Criminology

Social And Political Sciences

Regular Membership

Internatinal Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence


Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice, UK


Australia and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC)

Volunteer Independent Third Person (Itp)

Office of the Public Advocate


PhD Criminology

University of Melbourne

MA Applied Criminology

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

BA Criminal Justice Administration

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology