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Kathryn Benier is a Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social Sciences. Her research focus is urban criminology and the neighbourhood ecology of crime. In particular, Kathryn’s work focuses on hate crime and the impact of immigration and ethnic diversity on social relationships, cohesion and sense of belonging over time. She also has a research interest in family and domestic violence, with a strong focus on the geospatial distribution of offences and the consequences of victimisation. Kathryn has an interest in quantitative methodology, and extending new statistical techniques in other fields into criminological research.

Prior to joining Monash University, Kathryn worked at the Australian Institute of Criminology, and she also has experience in Queensland Government’s Youth Justice Performance and Reporting team. She completed her PhD at the University of Queensland, where she also completed Honours (1st Class) in Criminology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.


  • Hate crime
  • Neighbourhood ecology of crime

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Projects 2017 2019

Research Output 2015 2018

'Don't drag us into this': Growing Up South Sudanese in Victoria after the 2016 Moomba 'riot'

Benier, K. J., Blaustein, J. B., Johns, D. & Maher, S. L., 31 Oct 2018, 52 p. Carlton, Victoria

Research output: Other contributionOtherpeer-review

Open Access

"Seeing" hate crime in the community: Do resident perceptions of hate crime align with self-reported victimization?

Wickes, R., Sydes, M., Benier, K. & Higginson, A., 2017, In : Crime & Deliquency. 63, 7, p. 875–896 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

The harms of hate: Comparing the neighbouring practices and interactions of hate crime victims, non-hate crime victims and non-victims

Benier, K., 1 May 2017, In : International Review of Victimology. 23, 2, p. 179-201 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Contribution to conference

Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Annual Conference 2018

Leanne Weber (Organiser), Rebecca Leigh Wickes (Invited speaker), Jarrett Blume Blaustein (Invited speaker), Kathryn Jayne Benier (Invited speaker), Sara Leanne Maher (Invited speaker), Diana Johns (Invited speaker)
5 Dec 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Press / Media

Media coverage of report, 'Don't drag me into this'...

Carmel Guerra, Jarrett Blume Blaustein, Kathryn Jayne Benier, Sara Leanne Maher & Diana Johns


4 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature

African Gangs

Kathryn Jayne Benier


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment