Management committee

The ACCS Management Committee is an initiative of the University of Queensland. The purpose of the ACCS Management Committee is to realise the full potential of all investments into waves of the ACCS, oversee research using the longitudinal components of the ACCS, oversee the leverage of the ACCS for additional funding, and further the synergies and collaborations that support the aims of the ACCS program of research.

Collaborators and associates

The ACCS Management Committee and colleagues welcome interest and involvement in the study from researchers throughout Australia and the world. 

ACCS students

The ACCS Management Committee and colleagues welcome interest and involvement in the study from students throughout Australia and the world at the Honours, Masters and PhD level.

Management committee

The ACCS Management Committee comprises representatives of The University of Queensland, Griffith University and an external, invited academic colleague.

Dr Rebecca Wickes - Chair

Rebecca Wickes is an Australian Research Council DECRA fellow and a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland. Dr. Wickes is an urban criminologist. Her research focuses on social relationships in urban communities and how changing patterns of social exchange influence and impact community regulation, informal social control and violent victimisation.

Professor Lorraine Mazerolle

Lorraine Mazerolle is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and a Research Professor in the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) at the University of Queensland. She is also a Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course, a Chief Investigator in the Drug Policy Modelling Program, and the ISSR “Policing and Security” Program Director.

Professor Ross Homel

Ross Homel is Foundation Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, and Director of the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance. His accomplishments were recognised in January 2008 when he was appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO).

Professor John Hipp - External Member

John R. Hipp is a Professor in the department of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California Irvine. His research interests focus on how neighbourhoods change over time, how that change both affects and is affected by neighbourhood crime, and the role networks and institutions play in that change.

Dr Renee Zahnow - Early Career Research Representative

Renee Zahnow is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Queensland. She has been involved with the ACCS program of research since 2009. In 2015 she completed her PhD using data from Waves 3 and 4 of the ACCS. She is currently working on a research project that integrates the ACCS survey data with spatial and landuse data to examine physical and demographic drivers of social cohesion.


PhD / Masters students

Martina Baumer: The impact of disaster on the most vulnerable: Stress, resistance and resilience amongst people from cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds post Queensland floods. The University of Queensland. current

Melinda Chiment: Pathways of network formation: Experiences of Sudanese youth in Brisbane. The University of Queensland. Graduated December 2013

Kathryn Benier: Exploring incidence of prejudice motivated crime in two cities.  The University of Queensland. Graduated December 2016

Wing Hsieh: Encouraging Australians to be more inclusive. Monash University current

Anthony Kimpton: Do Community Physical Features such as Greenspace and Walkability Influence Place Attachment The University of Queensland. current

Suaditya Mohan: Social Ties and Violence: A Comparative Study of the Mediating Effects of Law Legitimacy. The University of Queensland. current

Suzanna Ramirez: Immigration, collective efficacy and neighbourhood participation: Exploring the limits of social control in Seattle and Brisbane. The University of Queensland. Graduated June 2011

Elise Sargeant: Policing and citizen-initiated regulation: Examining an integrated model of effectiveness, legitimacy and policing strategies. The University of Queensland. Graduated December 2012

Michelle Sydes: Immigration, Crime and Communities.The University of Queensland. Graduated December 2017

Renee Zahnow: Crime in chaotic times: Crime and disorder in the post-disaster neighbourhood. The University of Queensland. Graduated December 2015

Honours students

Rebecca Metcalfe: current 

Alicia Pang: Exploring the effects of procedural justice on citizens’ judgements on police legitimacy in Brisbane, Australia: Do individual differences matter? The University of Queensland. current

Amy Tsai: Exploring the relationship between place attachment, social ties and victimisation in Brisbane neighbourhoods. The University of Queensland. (graduated 2016)

Lisa Durnian: Informal Social Control: An examination of resident action in a disasdvantaged neighbourhood. The University of Queensland. (graduated 1st class 2013).

Anthony Kimpton: Green Space Proximity's Influence on Community Attachment. The University of Queensland. (graduated 1st class 2012)

Michelle Sparkes-Carroll: Investigating the effect of multidimensional guardianship processes on property crime victimisation. The University of Queensland. (graduated 1st class 2013)

Michelle Sydes: The protective and predictive factors related to prejudice motivated crime in the community. The University of Queensland. (graduated 1st class 2012).

Barry Lai: Can guardianship and target hardening reduce the incidence of hooning in Brisbane? The University of Queensland.(graduated 2015)