Dr Lisa Durnian

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Personal details


historical criminology, digital histories, guilty plea, criminal prosecution, policing, sentencing, patricide, QUT Centre for Justice


Criminology, Historical Studies, Law

Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Griffith University)
  • Grad.Dip.Ed (Secondary) (University of Queensland)
  • BA (Hons Class I) (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships and associations

  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
  • Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society (Member)


Semester 1, 2020: JSB227 The History of Criminal Prosecution.

Lisa designed and created this unit based on her doctoral research on the history of criminal prosecution and the origins of the contemporary guilty plea system. This unit provides students with an original cumulative assessment structure focused on one of two topics: the historical experiences of child victims or Indigenous defendants during the criminal prosecution process.

The assignments in this unit inform each other, and both are combined within the  final assessment piece where students create a submission to a mock Royal Commission of Inquiry on their selected topic. This unit engages students in using both qualitative and quantitative data. Students are instructed how to employ digital research tools for historical research and are provided with workshops using Excel to analyse historical prosecution datasets collected from the Prosecution Project database of Australian criminal prosecutions.

Semester 2, 2019; Semester 2, 2020: JSB207 Punishment and Penal Policy.



Selected publications

QUT ePrints

To find publications by Lisa, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.