Published: September 18, 2019

Life Course Centre criminology researchers from The University of Queensland were celebrated at the university’s 2019 Research Week Awards, including the awarding of a prestigious UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award (FREA) to Dr Sarah Bennett.

Dr Bennett (pictured right) received a FREA for recognition of excellence and promise of future success among UQ early to mid-career researchers. There is only one FREA awarded per faculty, with Dr Bennett receiving hers for the Humanities and Social Sciences faculty.

At a Customs House event to mark UQ Research Week, the criminology team led by Life Course Centre Chief Investigator Professor Lorraine Mazerolle was among a select group of researchers honoured for their work. Professor Mazerolle and Life Course Centre Research Fellows Dr Bennett, Dr Emma Antrobus, Ms Elizabeth Eggins and Dr Stephanie Cardwell ­received a Partners in Research Excellence Award in the Transforming Societies category for their collaborations with the Queensland Department of Education and the Queensland Police Service on the Ability School Engagement Program that brings together communities, schools and police to tackle the problem of school truancy.

Professor Mazerolle said the UQ awards, particularly Dr Bennett’s FREA, were proud achievements for the criminology team (pictured left) and the School of Social Science. “Sarah winning this award is recognition of her research leadership and quality of her past scholarship and prediction for future potential. Her award was won for her experiment around Sexual Assault Training – ISACURE – a project Sarah has been working on for a number of years. It is an important research agenda and one that will help victims of sexual assault, and improve the job satisfaction for police investigators as well. This is just one of several projects that Sarah has undertaken with the Queensland Police Service in a very positive and established partnership.”

A research team led by Life Course Centre Chief Investigator Professor Karen Thorpe at the Institute for Social Science Research, and also comprising Dr Sally Staton, Associate Professor Simon Smith and Dr Sandy Houen, received a commendation in the UQ Partners in Research Excellence Awards in the Leading Healthy Lives category for their work on promoting healthy sleep in partnership with the early childhood education and care sector.

Find out more about Dr Bennett’s research in the video below: