Professor Lorraine Mazerolle

The Life Course Centre offers us an opportunity to examine the long-term outcomes of interventions aimed at reducing the negative effects for young members living in disadvantaged communities and to better understand the temporal dynamics of community resilience.

Lorraine Mazerolle is Professor of Criminology in the School of Social Sciences at The University of Queensland. Lorraine leads the Social Transformations program at the Life Course Centre, and the Social Interventions Portfolio in the Life Course Centre. She is an experimental criminologist with more than 20 years’ experience in Australia and the US running large, randomised field trials evaluating the effectiveness of various crime prevention and crime control interventions. Her research appears in the world’s top criminological journals, and has been instrumental in changing police practice. Recognised as an international leader in policing and crime control, she was the Foundation Director and a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security and a Chief Investigator in the Drug Policy Modelling Program.

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Lorraine is also a well-respected multi-level, quantitative survey researcher and leads the ARC-funded longitudinal community study known as the Australian Community Capacity Study. She was awarded an ARC Laureate Fellowship (2010–2015) to advance the theory of third-party partnership policing and develop the capacity for experimental criminology in Australia and internationally. She leads the randomised field trial evaluation of the Project ABILITY Truancy Trial, an example of a third-party policing initiative.


Emeritus Chief Investigator


  • Criminology


BA (Hons) (Flinders)
MA (Rutgers)
PhD (Rutgers)