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 developing a study of crime and neighbourhood change in Australia and Japan. At the University Melbourne, she is a member of the executive of the Research Unit in Public Cultures, an interdisciplinary group of academics, artists, policymakers and urban designers interested in communicative cities, mobility, networked cultures, and public space.She is also a Research Convenor in the Future Cities Research Cluster, Melbourne Sustainable Societies Institute, School of Design.
She is also a Professor in the Law School at City University, London, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Law, Southern Cross University. She has been a visiting professor at Westminster University, Birkbeck College, State University of New York at Buffalo, Hong Kong University, and New York University and has been a visiting research fellow at the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University and was the Karl Loewenstein Fellow in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College.
She has delivered policy advice to the Victorian Law Reforrm Commission, 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.