Biannual Tony Vinson Memorial Lecture

The University of Wollongong, in partnership with the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC), is excited to announce they are hosting the Second biannual Tony Vinson Memorial Lecture as part of Social Sciences Week 2021.

The Tony Vinson Memorial lecture celebrates the seminal contributions and achievements of Tony Vinson in criminal justice and the social sciences over more than five decades. Tony Vinson (AM) was regarded as one of Australia’s leading social scientists and public intellectuals. Vinson’s many achievements include his work as the Commissioner of the NSW Department of Corrections, and his research into ‘postcode disadvantage’ which led to the major report ‘Dropping off the Edge: The Distribution of Disadvantage in Australia’. In 2008, Vinson was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours for his services to social welfare.

The 2021 event will feature Professor Eileen Baldry (UNSW) and Professor Ross Homel (Griffith University) in conversation reflecting on the legacy of Tony Vinson’s career focusing on understanding and addressing disadvantage. Professors Baldry and Homel will explore the distribution of disadvantage, and discuss a way towards a better understanding of the nature and persistence of structural disadvantage.

Date and time: September 9th, 6 pm-7 pm Eastern Australia time zone

Venue: via Zoom – link to be provided closer to the event

Profession Eileen Baldry: Eileen Baldry AO (BA, DipEd, MWP, PhD, FASSA) is Deputy Vice-Chancellor Equity Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Criminology at UNSW Sydney. Professor Baldry has held senior positions in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, serving as Interim Dean, Associate Dean Education and Deputy Dean and is appointed the first female Deputy Vice-Chancellor at UNSW.  In 2021 Eileen was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for “distinguished service to tertiary education, to criminology and social welfare policy, and as an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion.

Professor Ross Homel: Ross Homel has been Foundation Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University since 1992. He worked closely with Professor Tony Vinson AM between 1972 and 1976 at the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research when Tony was establishing this innovative new organisation and kept in touch with him until his death in 2017. Professor Homel is a highly cited social scientist, having published approximately 250 books, edited volumes, peer-reviewed papers, chapters, and high impact government reports. Much of this work grew from what he learned from Tony in those formative years at the Bureau.

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