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Dr Joel McGregor

Lecturer in Criminology


Joel completed his PhD in 2019 which examined how case management and diversionary programs—such as rehabilitation interventions—come together as a practice to help young people get back on their feet following involvement with juvenile justice. A theme he has carried into his more recent work, Joel wants to understand the role of case managers in narrating a young person’s re-entry into the community, and the different ways they interact with youth to build rapport and connect them with the right services.

Joel’s research is uncovering the complex relational practices that make up a case manager’s day-to-day work. For his PhD, Joel’s research showed how case managers are often required to draw on their own experiences, and an understanding of self, while serving their clients. For instance, case managers will often relate to their clients firstly through their own experiences of trauma or criminality. Then, secondly, they’ll bring in what they’ve learnt from their training. This has important implications for the desistance pathways of young people.

Joel is also a co-investigator and criminology consultant expert on a fledgling pilot program Name.Narrative.Navigate. The cross-disciplinary project, led by Dr Tamara Blakemore from the University of Newcastle, helps young people name the place of violence in their lives. It also works with victims and perpetrators of family and domestic violence, as well as schools located in areas with high rates of domestic violence.

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.

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Also published as: McGregor, Joel; McGregor, J.; McGregor, J. R.; McGregor, Joel R.; McGregor, Joel Robert
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2021: Provision of training package design for Community Corrections *; Queensland Corrective Services Fund Scheme

* Chief Investigator