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Rebecca Wickes is Professor in Criminology and the Director for the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre at the School of Social Sciences, Monash University. She is the lead investigator of the Australian Community Capacity Study, a multi-million, multisite, longitudinal study of place. Professor Wickes’ research focuses on community resilience to both subtle population changes and acute shocks (including natural and anthropogenic disasters). She is particularly interested in how physical and demographic changes in urban communities influence social relationships, perceptions of safety and the concentration of social problems, in particular crime, social exclusion and public disorder. She also examines how increasing immigration and diversity in urban and regional contexts are experienced by those who are settling and those who are settled.

She has published substantive works in Criminology, Journal for Research in Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Social Forces, Social Science Research,  Ethnic and Racial Studies and the Journal for Urban Affairs among others. Professor Wickes is the Associate Editor for the Australia New Zealand Journal of Criminology, an international editor for Urban Studies and is on the editorial committee for IMISCOE. She is a board member for IMISCOE and is on the advisory board for Welcoming Cities. Professor Wickes was awarded the ANZSOC New Scholar of the Year Prize and received an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award from 2012 through to 2015.

She has supervised numerous honours and PhD students to completion and received the Monash Postgraduate Supervisor Award in 2019.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Associate Editor, Australia New Zealand Journal of Criminology

Vice President, Australia and New Zealand Society of Criminology

Advisory Board Member, Welcoming Cities

Research area keywords

  • Ecology of crime
  • Criminological Theory
  • Crime prevention
  • Community resilience
  • Quantitative methods


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