Cultural Representations of Law, Crime and Justice (culture, film and television, visual communication, cultural criminology)
Graffiti and Street Art (graffiti, street art, young people, regulation, cultural criminology, street art)
Homelessness, public space
Socio-Legal Responses to Art (art, regulation, justice, judgment)
Alison Young is the Francine V. McNiff Professor of Criminology in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne.
She has researched graffiti and street art for many years, and her ongoing research engages with the ways in which we live in and govern city spaces. She is currently researching the relationship between the built environment and urban governance in Australia and Japan, in respect of issues such as graffiti and urban creativity, homelessness, and the night-time economy and street crime. She is the founder of the Urban Environments Research Network, an interdisciplinary and international group of academics, artists, architects and activists interested in cities, social change and urban governance. At the University of Melbourne, she is a Research Convenor in the Future Cities Research Cluster, Melbourne Sustainable Societies Institute.
She is also a Professor in the Law School at City, University of London, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Law, Southern Cross University. She has been a visiting professor at Westminster University, Birkbeck College, University of London, the State University of New York at Buffalo, Hong Kong University, and New York University and was a visiting research fellow at the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University and a visiting professor at the Manheim centre for Criminology at the London School of Economics in 2018. In 1998 she was awarded the Karl Loewenstein Fellowship in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College.
She has delivered policy advice to the Victorian Law Reform Commission, the Law Reform Commission of New South Wales, KESAB, the Cities of Melbourne, Knox, Onkaparinga, and Yarra. She recently conducted research on visible homelessness and the governance of public space in conjunction with Justice Connect and the City of Yarra.