Terry Goldsworthy


  • Bond University, Faculty of Society and Design

    4229 Gold Coast


  • 31 Citations
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Personal profile

Research interests

I have had more than 28 years of policing experience in Australia as a Detective Inspector. I served in general duties, Watchhouse and as a motorcycle officer before moving to the Criminal Investigation Branch in 1994. I spent eight years as a Detective Senior Sergeant on the Gold Coast, in charge of the CIB at Burleigh Heads.

I have completed a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Laws, Advanced Diploma of Investigative Practice and a Diploma of Policing. As a result of my law studies I was admitted to the bar in the Queensland and Federal Courts as a barrister in 1999. I then completed a Master of Criminology at Bond University. Later I completed my PhD focusing on the concept of evil and its relevance from a criminological and sociological viewpoint. In particular, I looked at the link between evil and armed conflicts using the Waffen-SS as a case study.

I have published three books dealing with the actions of the German Waffen-SS during WW2. I have also contributed numerous chapters to the various tertiary textbooks. I have contributed a number of articles to journals on policing, criminal justice, investigations and other social justice issues.

I am actively researching in the area of organised crime, in particular Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs.

I have particular interest in ensuring that my research is relevant to the wider community in terms of both impact and engagement, inline with recent intiatives of the Federal Government.

Statement for HDR students

I have successfully supervised numerous students to graduation at Phd and masters level. Areas of supervision include studies looking at aspects of Criminology, criminal justice, social justice policy, victims, genocide, drugs and crime, criminal investigations, transnational crime, miscarriages of justice.

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Research Output 2001 2018

An examination of the utility of criminal curfews as a policy response to youth crime in Australia

Goldsworthy, T., 7 Jun 2018, p. 55.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePresentationResearch

Open Access
crime prevention
election campaign

FactCheck: does Victoria have Australia’s highest rate of crime?

Goldsworthy, T. & Weatherburn, D., 5 Nov 2018, In : The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to journalOnline ResourceResearch

Open Access
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law and order

FactCheck: is domestic violence the leading preventable cause of death and illness for women aged 18 to 44?

McPhedran, S. & Goldsworthy, T., 16 Apr 2018, In : The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to journalOnline ResourceResearch

Open Access

Inquiry into the Criminal Code (none-consensual sharing of intimate images) Amendment Bill 2018

Goldsworthy, T., Raj, M. & Crowley, J., 10 Sep 2018, (Submitted) 22 p. Queensland Government.

Research output: Other contributionSubmission to governmentResearch


Lynette Dawson investigation proves cold cases are never truly forgotten

Goldsworthy, T., 9 Dec 2018, In : ABC News.

Research output: Contribution to journalNewspaper ArticleProfessional

Open Access

Activities 2012 2018

Bravehearts (External organisation)

Terrence Goldsworthy (Chair)
2016 → …

Activity: MembershipProfessional Memberships

Discussion on the use of Police of lethal force options.

Terrence Goldsworthy (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Expert Witness

Terrence Goldsworthy (Consultant)
2015 → …

Activity: Consultancy

2015 Qld Law Symposium

Terrence Goldsworthy (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Gold Coast Neighbourhood Watch Forum

Terrence Goldsworthy (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Student theses

Intergenerational linkages of crime for women in Guatemala.

Author: Lopez Castillo, M. P., 16 Feb 2019

Supervisor: Lincoln, R. (Supervisor) & Goldsworthy, T. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Reconceptualising Fear of Crime: Emergence of Crime Awareness

Author: Jarrett-Luck, M., 13 Feb 2017

Supervisor: Cameron-Dow, J. (Supervisor) & Goldsworthy, T. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Victim responses to stalking: A temporal approach to factors affecting the duration and intensity of being stalked.

Author: Raj, M., 16 Jun 2018

Supervisor: Lincoln, R. (Supervisor), Goldsworthy, T. (Supervisor) & Petherick, W. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis