Published: September 17, 2018


Congratulations to Life Course Centre Research Fellow Dr Renee Zahnow who has been announced as a winner in the 2018 Paul Bourke Awards for Early Career Research by the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA).

Each year the ASSA honours Australians in the early part of their career who have achieved excellence in scholarship in a field of the social sciences. Renee is one of three winners chosen from this year’s national nominations to be a recipient of a 2018 Paul Bourke Awards, honouring the late and past ASSA President Paul Francis Bourke.

The award comprises a Citation and Medallion presented to winners at the Academy’s Annual Fellows Dinner in Canberra on 13 November 2018.

Professor Lorraine Mazerolle, Professor of Criminology at the UQ School of Social Science and a Life Course Centre Chief Investigator, said the award was well-deserved recognition of Renee’s exceptional early career research path.

“This prestigious national award is an outstanding achievement by Renee that highlights her excellence in research and the continued progression of her career in criminology,” Lorraine said.

Renee graduated from the University of Queensland with a PhD in Criminology in December 2015. Since this time she has completed two 12-month postdoctoral positions while also maintaining a teaching load. She is currently in a lecturing position at the School of Social Science.

She has published 26 peer-reviewed journal articles, with a further seven currently under review; two peer reviewed published conference papers; two book chapters and several Government reports. One of these, The Queensland Alcohol-related violence and Night Time Economy Monitoring project: Interim Report, resulted in an immediate change in state policy to align with the report recommendations.

In 2017, Renee completed a secondment at the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission where she provided expert advice on the development of a community-based drug intervention to address methamphetamine use in Australia. She has presented her work at numerous international conferences in the USA, UK and Europe including an invited key speaker address at the 2016 Steroid Conference in Liverpool, UK.