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Robyn Newitt is a proud Tharawal woman from the South-West Sydney area of New South Wales and Yorta Yorta woman, along the Murray River in Victoria. Ms Newitt is a Lecturer in Criminology, a historian and currently works within the Department of Social Work and the School of Primary and Allied Health Care within the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University.
Robyn's research interests include:
- Social Constructs of Aboriginality
- Indigenous Knowledges within Higher Educational setings
- Sovereignty and Self-determination within the criminal justice system
- Aboriginal women imprisonment
- Family Violence
- Pre and Post release support of Aboriginal people
- Border control
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth
- Police brutality and over-surveillance 
- Prison Abolition
- Systemic and institutional racism
- Indigenous (mis)representations in Sport
- Historiography
Robyn's experience within both social and criminal justice systems through her research, focuses on improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Criminology, Bachelor (Honours, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 21 Nov 2015

Criminology, Bachelor, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 22 Nov 2013

Criminology, Masters, "At worst, we are no more dirty, lazy, stupid, criminal or immoral than yourselves." Addressing recidivism and overrepresentation of Aboriginal people within the criminal justice system in Victoria., MONASH UNIVERSITY

External positions

Independent Vicitor Program, Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) (Victoria)

Jun 2019Jun 2021

Research area keywords

  • Indigenous
  • Aboriginal affairs
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Law
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Aboriginal history
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Prisons
  • Policing and Victims of Crime
  • Deaths in Custody
  • Royal Commission
  • Family Violence and Indigenous Communities
  • Overrepresentation
  • Social Justice
  • Indigenous Health
  • Indigenous knowledges
  • Indigenous history

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