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Researcher: Travers, MH (Dr Max Travers)

Fields of Research

Sociology
Courts and sentencing
Criminology
Sociological methodology and research methods
Law and society and socio-legal research
Legal institutions (incl. courts and justice systems)
Urban sociology and community studies
Public law
Commercial law
Public administration
Social theory
Comparative law
Criminological theories
Health promotion
Police administration, procedures and practice
Legal theory, jurisprudence and legal interpretation
Other Indigenous studies
Correctional theory, offender treatment and rehabilitation
Policy and administration
Organisational behaviour
Aged health care
Applied sociology, program evaluation and social impact assessment
Environmental sociology
Urban geography
Other law and legal studies
Crime policy
Public policy
Comparative religious studies
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sociology
Causes and prevention of crime
Veterinary sciences
Sociology and social studies of science and technology
Criminal law
Social policy
Legal practice, lawyering and the legal profession

Research Objectives

Criminal justice
Justice and the law
Legal processes
Public services policy advice and analysis
Expanding knowledge in human society
Citizenship and national identity
Pacific Peoples community services
Government and politics
Other law, politics and community services
Law enforcement
Health related to ageing
Professions and professionalisation
Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture
Arts
Evaluation of health and support services
Social structure and health
Ageing and older people
Other culture and society
Other health
Religion and society
Political systems
Rehabilitation and correctional services
Expanding knowledge in law and legal studies
Work and labour market
Behaviour and health
Families and family services
Civil justice
Children's services and childcare
Recreation and leisure activities (excl. sport and exercise)
Law reform

Career Best Publications

An Introduction to Law and Social Theory; Hart
Evaluation research and criminal justice: Beyond a political critique; The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology
Sentencing in the Children's Court: an ethnographic perspective; Youth Justice
The New Bureaucracy: Quality Assurance and its Critics; Policy Press
The Reality of Law: Work and Talk in a Firm of Criminal Lawyers; Ashgate

Research Publications

A not so strange silence: Why qualitative researchers should respond critically to the qualitative data archive; Australian Journal of Social Issues
A not so strange silence: Why qualitative researchers should respond critically to the qualitative data archive; Australian Sociological Association
A price worth paying? Accountability, red tape and the regulation of affordable housing; Australian Journal of Social Issues
A price worth paying? Accountability, red tape and the regulation of affordable housing; Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association
A Question of Ethics
A Sociological Critique of Rights; Rights in Context: Law and Justice in Late Modern Society
An interactionist perspective on quality assurance; Couch Stone Symposium
An Introduction to Law and Social Theory; Hart
Asian Values, Crime and Social Change; Comparative Criminology in Asia
Asymmetries In Legal Practice, Asymmetries In Analysis? Recent Ethnographies Influenced By The Studies Of Work Tradition; Australian Journal of Communication
Bail and Vulnerability: Do we know enough to help inform policy?; 6th Annual Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference
Bail decision-making and pre-trial services: A comparative study of magistrates courts in four Australian states
Bail practices and policy alternatives in Australia
Bail, risk and vulnerability; Annual conference of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law
Being Critical in conservative times: Editors' Introduction; 6th Annual Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference
Book review: CELINE-MARIE PASCALE, Cartographies of Knowledge: Exploring Qualitative Epistemologies
Book review: CHRISTIAN HEATH, The Dynamics of Auction: Social Interaction and the Sale of Fine Art and Antiques
Book Review: Dorothy E. Smith and Susan Marie Turner (eds), Incorporating Texts into Institutional Ethnographies
Book review: YVONNA S LINCOLN and EGON G GUBA The Constructivist Credo
Business as usual? How magistrates in Tasmania make bail decisions; Annual conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
Business as usual? Bail decision making and "micro politics" in an Australian magistrates court; Law and Social Inquiry
Business as usual? How magistrates in Tasmania make bail decisions; Annual conference of the Australian Law and Society Association
Can auditors be trusted? To what extent, if any, does audit practice undermine trust?
Changing the Way We Think about Change; Changing the Way We Think about Change, 2012 Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference
Comparative Criminology in Asia; Springer International Publishing
Comparing juvenile justice systems: towards a qualitative research project in East Asia; Asian Journal of Criminology
Comparing juvenile justice systems: Towards a qualitative research project in East Asia; Annual Conference of the Asian Criminological Society
Conducting Law and Society Research: Reflections on Methods and Practices
Contemporary Comment: The Uneasy Relationship between Criminology and Qualitative Research; Current Issues in Criminal Justice
Counting on Assessment a False Salve
Craft skills and algorithms: Understanding bail decision-making; Asian Criminological Society 10th Annual Conference: Re-evaluating insights on crime and justice: contemporary issues and challenges
Craft skills and legal rules: How Australian magistrates make bail decisions; Ethnographic Studies
Craft skills and legal rules: how Australian magistrates make bail decisions; Legal Rules in Practice: In the Midst of Law's Life
Crime, governance and the resilience of the lifeworld. Is it time to re-think the concept of risk?; TASA Workshop on Crime and Governance
Crisis what crisis? Risk theorising and the resilience of the lifeworld; Annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction
Current Issues in Criminal Justice; Current Issues in Criminal Justice (Special issue on Ethnography, Crime and Criminal Justice)
Ethnography and cultural criminology: What makes a research method critical?; 6th Annual Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference
Ethnomethodology, Conversation Analysis and Law; Droit et Societe
Evaluation research and criminal justice: Beyond a political critique; The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology
Evaluation Research and Legal Services; Theory and Method in Socio-Legal Research
Foreword to 'Regulation in Action'
From romanticism to realism: Southern Criminology and its critics; Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 5th Biennial International Conference
Governmentality as critique: the diversification and regulation of the Australian housing sector; International Journal of Housing Policy
Homelessness and the bail decision; HACRU Symposium: Problematic populations: past, present and future
Interpretive issues in researching law and religion; Research Handbook on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Law and Religion
Interpretive Sociologists and Law; Law and Social Theory
Introduction; Law and Social Theory
Investigating the therapeutic benefits of companion animals: Problems and challenges; Qualitative Sociology Review
Law and Social Theory; Hart Publishing Ltd
Law in Action: An Ethnomethodological Perspective; Tokai Law Review
Law, Sociology and Method; Theory and Method in Socio-Legal Research
Legal Rules in Practice: In the Midst of Law’s Life; Routledge
New Beginning or Another False Dawn: Report on 2004 American Sociological Association Annual Conference
New Methods, Old Problems: A Sceptical View of Innovation and Qualitative Research; Qualitative Research Network mid-term conference
New methods, old problems: A sceptical view of innovation in qualitative research; Qualitative Research
New Methods, Old Problems: A Sceptical View of Innovation in Qualitative Research; Approaches to Fieldwork. SAGE Benchmarks in Social Research Series
Persuading a Client to Plead Guilty (Translation); Tokai Law Review
Postmodernism and Qualitative Research
Qualitative interviewing methods; Social Research Methods
Qualitative Interviewing Methods; Social Research Methods Second Edition
Qualitative Interviewing Methods; Social Research Methods: An Australian Perspective
Qualitative Interviewing Methods: Uncovering Social Meaning Through Interviews; Social Research Methods
Qualitative methods in criminology: The state of the art; World Congress of Criminology
Qualitative methods in international and comparative criminology; Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Qualitative Research Through Case Studies; Sage
Reducing the prison population: The challenge of pretrial services; 14th Reintegration Puzzle Conference
Reflecting on comparison: A view from Asia; Comparative Criminology in Asia
Rethinking Bail: Court Reform or Business as Usual?; Palgrave Macmillan
Review of James Schnell's Qualitative Method Interpretations in Communication Studies
Review of Jyoti Puri's Encountering Nationalism
Review of Mustafa Emirbayer's (ed.) Emile Durkheim: Sociologist of Modernity
Review of Peter Hamilton and Kenneth Thompson's (eds.) The Uses of Sociology
Review of Peter Malpass' Housing and the Welfare State
Review of Peter Woods' Successful Writing for Qualitative Researchers
Review of Pip Jones' Introducing Social Theory
Review of the Practice of Ronet Bachman and Russell Schut's Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice 2nd edition
Sentecing Young Offenders in Tasmania; Conference of Juvenile Justice
Sentencing in the Children's Court: An Ethnographic Perspective; TASA 2005 Conference
Sentencing in the Children's Court: an ethnographic perspective; Youth Justice
Sociology of Law in Britain; The American Sociologist
Stakeholder views of the regulation of affordable housing providers: Final Report; Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Final Report
Strata managers, cognitive gymnastics and aging in place policies; International Research Forum on Multi-owned Properties
Symbolic Interactionism and Law; An Introduction to Law and Social Theory
The Children's Court in Tasmania; Australia's Children's Courts Today and Tomorrow
The children's court in Tasmania: Challenges, possibilities and future directions; Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
The idea of a Southern Criminology; International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice
The idea of a Southern Criminology; Annual conference of the Asian Criminology Society
The idea of a Southern Criminology; World Congress of Criminology
The Methods Debate in Criminology
The New Bureaucracy: Quality Assurance and its Critics; Policy Press
The Phenomenon of a Firm of 'Radical' Lawyers (Translation); Tokai Law Review
The Philosophical Assumptions of Constructionism; Social Constructionism in Housing Research
The Reality of Law: Work and Talk in a Firm of Criminal Lawyers; Ashgate
The Sentencing of Children: Professional Work and Perspectives; New Academia Publishing
Theory and Method in Socio-Legal Research; Hart Publishing
Understanding Comparison in Criminal Justice Research: An Interpretive Perspective; International Criminal Justice Review
Understanding everyday bureaucracy: Some features of routine administrative work in universities; Annual conference of the Australian Sociological Association
Understanding Law and Society; Routledge
Understanding Talk in Legal Settings: What Law and Society Studies Can Learn from a Conversation Analyst; Law and Social Inquiry
Using Ethnographic Methods to Strengthen Quantitative Data: Explaining Juvenile Detention Rates in Three Australian States; Bulletin de Methodologie Sociologique
Visual methods: Innovation, decoration or distraction?; Qualitative Researcher
Waiting for the next big thing; Nexus: Newsletter of the Australian Sociological Association
Welfare, punishment or something else? Sentencing minor offences committed by young people in Tasmania and Victoria; Current Issues in Criminal Justice
Welfare, punishment, or something else? Sentecing minor offences committed by young people in Tasmania and Victoria
Welfare, punishment, or something else? Sentencing minor offences committed by young people in Tasmanian and Victoria; Australian & New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference
Why compare? Interpretive challenges for socio-legal researchers; Conference on exploring the comparative in socio-legal studies
’Probing tensions between housing and age friendly communities policies for future direction

Research Projects

Bail decision-making and pretrial services: A comparative study of magistrates courts in four Australian states; Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC)
Challenges, Possibilities and Future Directions: A National Assessment of Australia's Children's Courts; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Contracts in the retirement village sector: Assessing consumers attitudes and understanding; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Critical issues in the creation of dementia friendly communities: Maintaining housing for early and mid stage clients and their carers; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Regulatory Frameworks and Their Utility for the Not For Profit Housing Sector; Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI)
The Children's Court in Tasmania: An Ethnographic Study; University of Tasmania (UTAS)

Research Candidate Supervision

A Tale of Two Sectors- Practitioner Perspectives on Rehabilitation and Working with People with Complex Needs
Bystander Behaviour and cultures of denial in organisational settings
Cultural Civility and Cultural Barbarism- A Sociological Analysis of the Religious Factor in Australian Cultural Tastes
Disaster Response and Adaptation to Climate Change in Fiji and Tonga- Remote Island Perspectives
How Succesfully can Early Intervention/Educational Methods Promote Social Inclusion in Families Where Attachment Problems are Inhibiting Social Engagement?
I talked to my tree and my tree talked back- radical environmental activists and their relationships with nature
Inter-Religious Interaction in Urban Australia- The Influence of Religious-Identity on Perceptions of 'The Other'
Language and Identity In The African Diaspora in Tasmania
Narratives of Inequality of Justice- A Community Study
Occupational health and safety- a comparative study
Organisational capacity to govern? The case of the owner corporation as a volunteer organisation responsible for large assets
Pets, Pests and pussycats- A Comparative Ethnographic Account of Human-Cat Relationships in Australia
Problematising Social Housing- A Foucauldian Analysis of a Discourse of Anti-Social Behaviour in Australia
Reflecting on Cosmetic Surgery- Body Image, Shame and Narcissism
Restorative practices and youth justice- An ethnographic study of restorative work in Tasmania
Safe Sisters- Limitations of Sister City Relationships for International Peace Building
Surviving the System- Cognitive Disability and the Tasmania Prison System a Lived Experience.
The Salmon Ponds and the Development of an Acclimatisation Culture and Landscape in the Derwent Valley
The Social Consequences of Contemporary Financial Markets and the Case for a Financial Transaction Tax
To consider the role and potential of ethnographic research in applied social policy
Toxic waste and communities
Toying with Toxins - the Global Transference of Toxic Harms
Virtually Real- Being in Cyberspace
Walking, Community and Place- The Influence of Access to Natural Areas on Walkers' Perceptions of Place in Tasmania
Young People's Career Choices in Rural Australia