Research

  • Research interests

    Alistair’s research interests include:

    • farm and rural-based crime, and criminal justice system responses
    • the politics of policing and justice
    • modern policing practices
    • police leadership
    • contemporary theories of criminal justice
    • history of the Australian Labor Party – Victorian Branch
    • state politics and legislative behaviour 

    Current research projects

    In early 2013, Alistair received grant funding for a project investigating the incidence of theft of machinery and livestock from Victorian farms, which will form part of a greater suite of research into farm crime in this State.

    Currently working on publications arising from his PhD thesis, Alistair is also preparing a chapter for a forthcoming multi-disciplinary book on the Bracks and Brumby Government’s offering a first-hand perspective.

    He is involved in examining the historical and political nature of the appointment and role of police leaders in Australia, in particular that of Chief Commissioners in Victoria; is investigating the relationship between police ministers and police commissioners; and is analysing training and education pathways into police organisations throughout Australia. 

    Postgraduate supervision

    Alistair is co-supervising three PhD by research students, looking at penology in Victoria; male sexual violence in prisons; and contemporary restorative justice approaches.

    Scholarly chapters in books

    Harkness, A. (1999), “The Victorian Parliament: An Institution in Decline?”, in B. Costar and N. Economou, The Kennett Revolution?: Victoria in the 1990s, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney.

    Harkness, A. (1999), “Prognosis Negative: Healthcare Economics and the Kennett Government”, in B. Costar and N. Economou, The Kennett Revolution?: Victoria in the 1990s, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney.

    Peer-refereed journal articles

    Harkness, A. (2012), “Restraints upon the agenda: policy making in Victoria 1982-1992”, Australasian Parliamentary Review, 27(1), pp. 134-49.

    Works of reference

    Costar, B. and Harkness, A. (2007), “Field, Francis (Frank) (1904–1985)”, Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 17, Melbourne University Press.

    Harkness, A. (2005), ‘World Trade Centre’ in A. Brown-May and S. Swain, (Eds), The Encyclopedia of Melbourne, Cambridge University Press.

    Harkness, A. (2005), ‘Jam Factory’ in A. Brown-May and S. Swain, (Eds), The Encyclopedia of Melbourne, Cambridge University Press.

    Harkness, A. (2005), ‘Polly Woodside’ in A. Brown-May and S. Swain, (Eds), The Encyclopedia of Melbourne, Cambridge University Press.

    Harkness, A. (2005), ‘Brunswick Street’ in A. Brown-May and S. Swain, (Eds), The Encyclopedia of Melbourne, Cambridge University Press.

    Harkness, A. (2005), ‘Swinburne University’ in A. Brown-May and S. Swain, (Eds), The Encyclopedia of Melbourne, Cambridge University Press.

    Harkness, A. (2005), ‘St Kilda Football Club’ in A. Brown-May and S. Swain, (Eds), The Encyclopedia of Melbourne, Cambridge University Press.

    Harkness, A. (2005), ‘Post Offices and Postal Services’ in A. Brown-May and S. Swain, (Eds), The Encyclopedia of Melbourne, Cambridge University Press.

    Harkness, A. (2005), ‘Strikes’ in A. Brown-May and S. Swain, (Eds), The Encyclopedia of Melbourne, Cambridge University Press.

    Harkness, A. (2005), ‘Town Halls’ in A. Brown-May and S. Swain, (Eds), The Encyclopedia of Melbourne, Cambridge University Press.

    Scholarly news commentary

    Harkness, A. and Baker, D. (2011), “Overland’s legacy should be independence for police chiefs”, The Age, 2 November, p.17.

    Harkness, A. and Baker, D. (2011) “Take the politics out of top cop appointment”, Monash University News and Events, 22 November.

    Harkness, A. and Baker, D. (2012) “The Rush Report – A Missed Opportunity”, Monash University News and Events, 5 March – http://www.monash.edu.au/news/show/the-rush-report-a-missed-opportunity

    Harkness, A. (1998) “Invasion of American-style education fundamentals”, Campus Review, 13-19 May.

    Harkness, A. and Costar, B. (1998) “Mitcham and the mandate”, Monash Magazine, Autumn/Winter.

    Harkness, A. and Economou, N. (1997) “Poll heralds strife for Kennett”, The Age, 15 December 1997.

    Costar, B. and Harkness, A. (1997), “A political barometer that bears little scrutiny”, The Age, 10 December 1997.

    Costar, B. and Harkness, A. (1997) “Waiting to see who will come to the party”, The Age, 4 December.

    Harkness, A. and Costar, B. (2012) “Victoria’s constitutional time bomb”, Inside Story” (online), 14 March 2012 – http://inside.org.au/victoria%E2%80%99s-constitutional-time-bomb/

    Conference Papers

    Harkness, A. and Baker, D. (2011), “Hiring and Firing Chief Commissioners: The Overland Fiasco in Historical and Political Context”, The Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology annual conference, Geelong.

    Harkness, A. (2011), “Restraints Upon the Agenda: Policy Making in Victoria 1982-1992”, Australian Study of Parliament Group annual conference, Melbourne.