BA, Dip Ed, Dip TEFL (Sydney); MWP. PhD (UNSW)

Complex support needs and Criminal Justice

Eileen Baldry initiated and is leading a new area of research in relation to people with disability in the criminal justice system and social justice outcomes with five related category 1 grants and eight related category 2 or 3 grants. These have entailed pioneering linking and merging disparate datasets to open new ways of understanding people’s pathways into the criminal justice system; developing critical disability/criminology theoretical perspectives to understand and explain these lifecourse pathways adding significant theoretical depth with compounding disadvantage theory; and developed new ways of costing these pathways. Reports and publications from these projects are highly cited in policy and legal reform body reports as well as in the scholarly literature. Eileen is in high demand to present to bureaucrats and parliamentarians as well as at scholarly and community conferences.

Social Justice and Indigenous Australians

With Aboriginal colleague, A/Professor Sue Green, Eileen Baldry led research into and development of a Decolonised Social Work approach to working in partnership with Aboriginal people and communities. She has led research and work examining Indigenous Australians with disability and Indigenous women in criminal justice systems with three related category 1 grants and four category 2 or 3 grants. These have resulted in unique invitations to partner with Indigenous communities and organisations to implement positive responses to these matters. Publications related to these are well cited. All this work has included building Indigenous research capacity with Indigenous researchers and PhD candidates consistently core members of the research teams. Eileen has supervised two Indigenous PhD candidates to completion and is supervising two more in these areas.

Housing, Homelessness and Criminal Justice

Since 1998 Eileen has led research projects and developed theory and policy regarding the relationship between post-release homelessness and recidivism with 2 category I grants and 4 category 2 and 3 grants. She has consistently been on Ministerial Housing and Homelessness Advisory and Evaluation Committees.

Deputy Vice Chancellor Equity Diversity and Inclusion; Professor of Criminology, UNSW Sydney

AO; Member of the Royal Society of NSW 2017;  Fairfax 100 Women of Influence 2016; NSW Justice Medal (2009);

 McCausland, R., Spencer, W., MacGillivray, P., Robinson, V., Hickey, V., & McEntyre, E. 2021 CommUNIty-Led Development: a partnership to realize Aboriginal Elders’ vision for change. Community Development online

Goldson, B., Cunneen, C., Russell, S., Brown, D., Baldry, E., Schwartz, M., & Briggs, D. 2021 Youth Justice and Penality in Comparative Context. Abington UK, Routledge.

Baldry, E 2018 ‘Rights of Persons with Disability not to be Criminalised’ in E. Stanley Human Rights and Incarceration: Critical Explorations. Pp53-77. Palgrave MacMillan.

Cale, J., Day, A., Casey, S., Bright, D., Wodak, J., Giles, M., & Baldry, E. 2018 Australian prison vocational education and training and returns to custody among male and female ex-prisoners: a cross jurisdictional study, ANZ Journal of Criminology online DOI: 10.1177/00048658187794186.

Baldry E, Briggs, DB, Goldson, B, & Russell, S. 2017 ‘Cruel and unusual punishment’: an inter-jurisdictional study of the criminalisation of young people with complex support needs. Journal of Youth Studies 21(5): 636-652

  • Baldry, E. 2017 ‘People with multiple and complex support needs, disadvantage and criminal justice systems: 40 years after the Sackville Report’ in B. Edgeworth, A. Durbach & V Sentas (eds) Law and Poverty: 40 years after the Sackville Report. Federation Press

McCausland, R & Baldry, E. 2017 I feel like I failed him by ringing the police: Criminalising Disability in Australia, Punishment and Society 19(3): 290-309

  • Baldry, E., Carlton, B. & Cunneen, C. (2015) ‘Abolitionism and the paradox of penal reform in Australia: colonialism, context, cultures and cooption’, Social Justice Vol 41 (3):168-89
  • Baldry E (2014) ‘Disability at the Margins: the limits of the law’, Griffith Law Review Vol 23 (3):370-388 DOI: 10.1080/10383441.2014.1000218
  • Baldry E & Cunneen C (2014) ‘Imprisoned Indigenous women and the shadow of colonial patriarchy’, ANZ Journal of Criminology 47:276-298 doi:10.1177/0004865813503351 (Best ANZSOC article 2014)
  • Cunneen, C., Baldry, E., Brown, D., Brown, M., Schwartz, M. and A. Steel 2013 Penal culture and hyperincarceration: the revival of the prison, Aldershot: Ashgate. pp1-255; reprinted 2016 by Routledge, Taylor & Francis