Professor Tim Prenzler

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Professor Tim Prenzler


Teaching areas

  • Nature and Causes of Crime
  • Policing
  • Crime Prevention
  • Professional Ethics and Integrity Management

Research areas

  • situational crime prevention
  • police integrity management
  • security industry regulation
  • gender in policing
  • corruption prevention

Program coordinator


Professor Tim Prenzler joined the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2015 as the program coordinator of the inaugural Bachelor of Criminology and Justice. He was previously a foundation member of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University, Brisbane, from 1991 to 2014, and was leader of the Integrity Systems Project in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, from 2008 to 2014, also based at Griffith.

Tim’s research is focused on effective practical techniques to reduce crime and corruption, with a specific interest in situational measures and continuous improvement.

Professional memberships

  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
  • Australasian Council of Women and Policing
  • Australian Institute of Policing


  • Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence, 2016:  Best paper 2015, Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice with Frederic Lemieux and Samantha Bricknell
  • Adam Sutton Crime Prevention Research Award, 2015, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
  • Adam Sutton Crime Prevention Research Award, 2013, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
  • Best Health and Safety Initiative, Smoke-less Campus, with Jing Sun and Project Management Team, 2009, Griffith University
  • Award for Excellence, Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, Highly Commended, 2007, Emerald Literati Network
  • Award for Excellence, with Rick Sarre, for The Law of Private Security in Australia, 2006, Australian Security Industry Association Ltd (ASIAL)
  • Faculty of Arts Teaching and Learning Citation, Online Crime Prevention Interactive Learning Tool, with G Collom, A Groessler, K Saunders, M Bahramshahi, A Lindsay, R. Draper, E Cadzow, 2006, Griffith University
  • Excellence in Policing Award, Most Significant Contribution to Advancing the Status of Women in Policing; Australasian Council of Women and Policing, 2002
  • Anne Hawke Prize for Research, with Rick Sarre, 2001, University of South Australia

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

  • Impacts of police integrity management strategies
  • Issues in security industry regulation
  • Gender equity programs in policing
  • Effective crime prevention strategies
  • Issues in public sector ethics
  • Effective corruption reduction strategies
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