Mary Riley - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Mary Riley

MCrim&CrimJust (Class 1 Hons) Griff., BJustice&LegalStud Sunshine Coast, DipBus Nepean College of Advanced Education 

  • Lecturer in Criminology and Justice
+61 7 5456 5569
Office location
Sunshine Coast
Mary Riley

Mary Riley has a business background having worked in managerial positions in the merchant banking and health industries as well as in paralegal positions in NSW and Qld law firms throughout her life. She is a graduate of USC and received a Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice with Class 1 Honours through Griffith University.

Mary’s area of interest and research is restorative justice. She is undertaking a PhD looking specifically at the benefits of mediation and other alternative dispute resolution processes for managing complaints against police in Australia.

Mary moved to the Sunshine Coast with her family in 2003. In addition to her work and academic interests, she is a Commonwealth Civil Marriage Celebrant and Justice of the Peace. Mary joined USC in 2012 and is now a Lecturer in the Criminology and Justice program.

Professional memberships

  • Queensland Justices Association
  • Golden Key International Honour Society


  • Griffith Award for Academic Excellence, 2013, for studies in the Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice with Honours, Griffith University
  • University Commendation for Academic Excellence, 2011, University of the Sunshine Coast


Research areas

  • restorative justice and policing

Teaching areas

  • Homicide
  • Punishment and Corrections
  • Understanding Crime
  • Justice and the Australian Legal System
  • Foundations of Criminology

Mary Riley’s specialist areas of knowledge include homicide, punishment and corrections, understanding crime, justice and the Australian legal system, foundations of criminology, Australian legal studies, restorative justice

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