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  • Bond University, Faculty of Society & Design

    4229 Gold Coast


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PhD projects

I am able to supervise students at PhD and master’s levels across a range of areas including criminology, criminal justice, policing, police reform, police ethics, police integrity management and accountability, peace and conflict studies, state building, police building and post-conflict rule of law reform. I have qualitative expertise in interview and focus group methods, and case study research design.

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Research interests

Dr Tyler Cawthray has a PhD in Policing and Criminology from Griffith University and holds qualifications in International Relations and History.


He is an Assistant Professor in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Bond University in the Faculty of Society and Design.


Tyler`s Doctoral Research concluded in 2020 focused on examining the problem of rebuilding the legitimacy of policing institutions in the wake of conflict or significant civil disturbance. The aim of this research was to better understand what community stakeholders consider important when determining whether they support both international police peacekeepers and local police.


Tyler’s research interests include police legitimacy; police and state building; pacific policing; police ethics, integrity, oversight, and corruption. He is currently conducting research with collaborators from the Queensland University of Technology, Ghent University and Leiden University on the impacts of space and technology on police legitimacy in Pacific Island, and European neighbourhood contexts. Tyler has also recently completed work with colleagues from the University of Sunshine Coast and Griffith University exploring the impacts of gender on police integrity indicators.


Tyler teaches across a range of subjects in the undergraduate and postgraduate Criminology programs at Bond University.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Policing and Criminology, PhD, Understanding Police Legitimacy in Solomon Islands and Tonga: Examining the Application of the Procedural Justice, Service Delivery and Authority Perspectives and the Influence of Context, Griffith University

Award Date: 10 Dec 2020

Arts, Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) , University of Southern Queensland

Award Date: 1 Jan 2010

Arts, Bachelor of Arts , University of Southern Queensland

Award Date: 1 Jan 2010

External positions

Lecturer in Policing, Western Sydney University

1 Sept 20221 Jun 2023

Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Justice, Queensland University of Technology

1 Oct 20211 Oct 2022

Associate Lecturer and Learning Advisor (Academic Literacies) , University of Southern Queensland

1 Apr 20181 Sept 2022

Sessional Instructor Criminology, Senior Research Assistant and Research Assistant , Griffith University

1 Feb 20131 Mar 2018


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