Dr Rebecca Wickes
Dr Rebecca Wickes
Senior Lecturer
Criminology

r.wickes@uq.edu.au
Phone:  (+61 7) 336 52204
Fax:  (+61 7) 336 51544

Room 417, Level 4,
Michie Building (#9), St Lucia Campus


Qualifications:

Hons, University of Queensland
PhD (Criminology and Criminal Justice), Griffith University


Professional activities:

Chair - Management Committee for the Australian Community Capacity Study
Member - The Australian Sociological Association
Member - The Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
Member - The American Society of Criminology
Member - The Australian Research Council Network in Spatially Integrated Social Science


Background:

Senior Lecturer, School of Social Science, University of Queensland, 2013 - present
Lecturer, School of Social Science, University of Queensland, 2007 - 2013


Research interests:
  • Criminological Theory
  • Communities and Crime
  • Informal Social Control and Social Disorganization
  • Social Exclusion

 Please follow this link to find out more about Dr Wickes’ research profile.

Project sites:

Australian Community Capacity Study

 
Grants and Funding
2013-2015      ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award - Crime and Change in Urban Communities: A longitudinal study of violence, community networks and the collective capacity for action ($375,000)
 
2012-2014      ARC Discovery - Assessing Community Resilience after a Disaster: A case study of the 2011 Brisbane Floods. CI: Wickes, Cheshire, Walters, Corcoran, Raphael, Taylor and Norris ($427,695)
 
2012-2013      Queensland Centre For Social Science Research - Identifying and evaluating factors influencing community resilience in a crisis. CIs: Walters, George, Madsen, Shevellar, Westoby, Cheshire, Wickes, Ramirez and Antrobus ($135,000)
                                   
2011-2013      UQ Major Equipment and Infrastructure - A social science e-research hub for data management, analysis and dissemination in material and visual culture ($83,435)
 
2011-2013      ARC Linkage - Targeted Crime: Policing and Social Inclusion. CIs: Pickering, Mason, McCulloch, Maher, Mazerolle, Wickes, Pope, Dickinson, Sargent and Ballek ($336,000)
 
2011-2012      Criminology Research Council - Community Variations in hoax calls and suspicious fires: Geographic, temporal and socio-economic dimensions and trajectories. CIs: Corcoran, Townsley, Wickes and McGee ($45,000)
 
2010              Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - Gap Analysis of the Community Resilience Literature. CI: Wickes ($6,000)
 
2010-2012      ARC Discovery - Examining the impact of employment on social relationships in urban communities. CI: Wickes ($178,000)
 
2009              Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia - Privatisation, Security and Community: How Master Planned Estates are Changing the Australian Suburbs.  CIs: Cheshire, Walters, Wickes and Lawrence ($6,149)
 
2008-2009      Criminology Research Council - Crime in neighbourhoods: Individuals and families in context. CIs: McGee, Wickes, Najman and Bor ($77,116)
 
2008 – 2009    UQ New Staff Start Up Grant - Generating Action and Responding to Local Crime: Examining Collective Processes in Context. CI: Wickes ($11,891)
 
2007-2008       ARC Discovery Grant - Crimes, Places and Communities: A Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Collective Capacity. CIs: Homel, Wickes, McBroom and Sampson ($291,000)
 
Awards
2013     Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award
2011     Australian New Zealand Society of Criminology New Scholar Prize
2011     Allen Austin Bartholomew Award, Honourable Commendation
2006     American Society of Criminology – Division of International Criminology, 1st place Student Paper Competition
2002     University Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievements, University of Queensland, Australia
 
 
Publications
Book Chapters:

Wickes, R. and Sydes M. (in press 2014). Immigration and Crime. In Pickering, S. (ed) The Handbook on Migration and Crime, Routledge.

Wickes, R.L. and McGee, T.R. (in press 2013) Navigating a Successful PhD Experience. In Stimson, R.J. (ed.) Handbook for Spatially Integrated Social Science Research Methodology, Edward Elgar (contract signed 15 June 2010). 
 
Journal Articles: 
Sydes, M., Wickes, R., Higginson, A. (in press). The spatial concentration of bias: An examination of the community factors that influence residents’ perceptions of bias crime. Australia New Zealand Journal of Criminology
 
Hipp, J.R., Corcoran, J., Wickes, R., Li, T. (2014). Examining the social porosity of environmental features on neighborhood sociability and attachment, PLOS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0084544
 
Corcoran, J., McGee, T.R., Townsley, M., Wickes, R., Zahnow, R., and Li, T. (in press). Malicious hoax calls and suspicious fires: An examination of their spatial and temporal dynamics. Trends and Issues.
 
Wickes, R. Zahnow, R., White, G. and Mazerolle, L. (2013). Ethnic Diversity and its Impact on Community Social Cohesion and Neighbourly Exchange, Journal of Urban Affairs DOI: 10.1111/juaf.12015.
 
Wickes, R., Hipp, J., Sargeant E., and Homel, R. (2013). Collective efficacy as a task specific process: Examining the relationship between neighborhood networks, cohesion and the capacity to respond to violence, delinquency and civic problems. American Journal of Community Psychology, 52 (1-2), 115-127.
 
Wickes, R., Hipp, J., Zahnow, R., and Mazerolle, L. (2013). ‘Seeing’ minorities and perceptions of disorder: Explicating the mediating and moderating mechanisms of social cohesion, Criminology 51(3), 519-560.
 
Zahnow, R., Wickes, R., Haynes, M., and Mazerolle, L. (2013). Change and stability in ethnic diversity across urban communities: Explicating the influence of social cohesion on perceptions of disorder. Australian New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 46(3): 335-356. DOI: 10.1177/0004865813486903.
 
Cheshire, L., Wickes, R., and White, G. (2013). New Suburbs in the Making? Locating Master Planned Estates in a Comparative Analysis of Suburbs in South-East Queensland. Urban Policy and Research, 31(3): 281-299. DOI: 10.1080/08111146.2013.787357.
 
Smith, N., Wickes, R. and Underwood, M. (2013). Managing a Marginalised Identity in Pro-Anorexia and Fat Acceptance Cybercommunities, Journal of Sociology DOI: 10.1177/1440783313486220.
 
Sargeant, E., Wickes, R. and Mazerolle, L. (2013). Social control in community context: Exploring the formal-informal nexus, Australia New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 46(1), 70-87.
 
Cheshire, L. and Wickes, R. (2012). Crime talk in the suburbs: Symbolic representations of status and security on a master planned estate, Housing Studies, 27(8), 1162 – 1181.
 
McGee, T. R., Wickes, R., Bor, W., Najman, J. M. and Corcoran, J. (2011). The spatial distribution of antisocial behaviour in South-East Queensland. Trends and Issues in Crime and Justice, 410, Australian Institute of Criminology.
 
Cheshire, L, Walters, P and Wickes, R. (2010). Privatisation, Security and Community: How Master Planned Estates are Changing Suburban Australia, Urban Policy and Research, 28(4): 359- 373.
 
Wickes, R. (2010). Generating Action and Responding to Local Issues: Collective Efficacy in Context, Australian New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 48(3), 423-443.
 
Mazerolle, L.M., Wickes, R. and McBroom, J. (2010). Community variations in violence: The role of social ties and collective efficacy in comparative context, The Journal for Research in Crime and Delinquency, 47(1), 3-30.
 
Wickes, R. and Emmison, M. (2007). They were all doing gender, but they weren’t all passing:  Theoretical and methodological reflections on the appropriation of a sociological concept, The Sociological Review, 55(2):311-330.
 
Wickes, R., Smith, P. and Phillips, T. (2006). Gender difference and mundane national identity: Lessons from the Australian case,  Australian Journal of Political Science, 41(3): 289-307.
 
Refereed Conference Proceedings:
 
Wickes, R., Zahnow, R. and Mazerolle, L.M. (2011). Community Resilience Research: Current Approaches, Challenges and Opportunities, Refereed Conference Proceedings for the 9th Annual Safeguarding Australia Conference.
 
Full Conference Papers:
 
Wickes R., Zahnow, R., White G. and Mazerolle, L. (2011). Diversity and trust: Do changing immigration patterns negatively impact social capital in urban communities?ISA Research Committee 21, Sociology of Urban and Regional Development, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 2011.
 
Government Reports:
 
Corcoran, J., Townsley, M., Wickes, R., McGee T.R., Zahnow, R. and Li T. (2013).  Community Variations in hoax calls and suspicious fires: Geographic, temporal and socio-economic dimensions and trajectories. Final report to the Criminology Research Council, Australian Institute of Criminology. Canberra: Criminology Research Council.
 
Murphy, K., Cherney, A., Wickes, R., Mazerolle, L., and Sargeant, E. (2012). The Community Capacity Survey – Face-to-face Ethnic Minority Interviews: Methodology and preliminary findings. ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security: Brisbane.
 
Mazerolle, L., Wickes, R., Cherney, A., Murphy, K., Sargeant, E. and Zahnow, R. (2012). Community Variations in Crime: A Spatial and Ecometric Analysis Wave 3. ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security: Brisbane.
 
Wickes, R., Homel, R., McBroom, J. Sargeant, E.and Zahnow, R. (2011). Community Variations in Crime: A Spatial and Ecometric Analysis Wave 2. ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security: Brisbane.
 
Wickes, R., Zahnow, R. and Mazerolle, L.M. (2010). Community Resilience Research: Current Approaches, Challenges and Opportunities. A report to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
 
McGee, T. R., Wickes, R., Bor, W., and Najman, J. M. (2009). Antisocial behaviour across neighbourhoods: Individuals and families in context. Final report for Grant 19/07-08 to the Criminology Research Council, Australian Institute of Criminology. Canberra: Criminology Research Council.
 
Mazerolle, L, Wickes, R., Rombouts, S., Shyy, P., Riseley, K., Homel, R.J., Stimson, R., Stewart, A., Spencer, N. and Sampson, R.J. (2006). Community Variations in Crime. Year One Technical Report, Australian Research Council.
 
Wickes, R., Mazerolle L., and Riseley, K. (2005). A Process Evaluation for the Valley Alcohol Management Partnership, a Joint Initiative between the Brisbane City Council, the Queensland Police Service and the Queensland State Government, Brisbane City Council.
 
Other Publications:
 
Wickes, R. (2013). Bogans from the ‘burbs’: confronting our hidden biases. The Conversation.
 
Wickes, R., Ham, K. and Pickering, S. (2013). Prejudice Motivated Crime in Victoria: An Examination of LEAP Incidents from 2000 to 2011. Briefing Document to the Victoria Police Service
 
Wickes, R., (2010).  Crime and everyday life.  Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 43(3), 383-385.
 
Scott, J., and Wickes, R. (2008).  Criminology as other: Observations on the construction of criminology and the sociology of crime and deviance.  Nexus, 20(1), 6-8.

 

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