Glenn Dawes

Executive Committee (Associate Professor, College of Arts, Society and Education)

Glenn Dawes has been Associate Dean Research in the college for the last seven years. He is currently teaching and conducting research in Sociology and Criminology with an emphasis on young people and their interactions with the juvenile justice system. Prior to this he trained as a primary school teacher and taught in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander schools throughout Northern Australia before electing to continue his studies and completing a Masters and Phd in the Sociology of Education. The Phd topic focused on young Aboriginal youth and their transition from school to life after school and how their membership into subcultures enabled or disenabled their post-school destinations.

Glenn worked in the area on Indigenous education at JCU for 6 years and was one of the instigators for setting up the Centre for Aboriginal and Islander Participation which provided tertiary access courses for Indigenous students. This followed a transition into the discipline of Sociology with the provision of new subjects about young people and society. Following this a small team led by Glenn established the first Criminology programme at JCU with a suite of undergraduate and post-graduate subjects which were relevant to tropical Australia.

Over the last decade Glenn has developed an engagement strategy with a number of local national and international practitioners and scholars. Locally he has close ties with multiple agencies in the criminal justice system such as police, magistrates, juvenile justice agencies and correctional centres. This has resulted in numerous research partnerships with agencies. For example the 2 year study on recidivism in remote Aboriginal communities with North-West Remote Health has produced measurable outcomes in terms of the development of community based programmes to address the high rates of recidivism in Australia.

A recently completed study on assaults against police in partnership with Queensland Police Service has produced a series of outcomes which are currently being considered by the Queensland Government. In 2019 Cairns Safer Streets approached Glenn to undertake a 2 year evaluation of outdoor programmes for dis-advantaged youth who are at risk of entering the juvenile justice system.

Internationally Glenn has worked with Sociologists in Turkey on topics such as young people’s attitudes towards work and leisure. Currently the team is planning an edited version on the topic of societal violence which will be completed in 2021. In 2019 Glenn was invited to give a key note paper on young people and violence at the International Symposium of Youth in Istanbul.

Additionally Glenn and a small group of volunteers have worked in Cambodia for the last 12 years assisting young poor people to learn English. After establishing a school in a Cambodian orphanage in Phnom Penh Glenn and his partner have now opened 3 small independent schools for poor young people who do not have access to English classes. In January this year they opened a new school in a very poor area of the city for 79 young people who currently do not have access to any form of education. Documentation of these experiences has resulted in the outline of a book which is planned for completion in 2021.

In the light of these biographical details, Glenn’s most productive contribution to the planned centre would be in leading research teams on the impacts of disasters on individuals, families and communities which is reflected on his colleges major research focus of  people in the tropics.