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Professor Alison Young

Alison Young is the Francine V. McNiff Professor of Criminology in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

She has researched graffiti and street art for many years, and her ongoing research engages with the ways in which we live in and govern city spaces. She is currently developing a study of crime and neighbourhood change in Australia and Japan. At the University Melbourne, she is a member of the executive of the Research Unit in Public Cultures, an interdisciplinary group of academics, artists, policymakers and urban designers interested in communicative cities, mobility, networked cultures, and public space.

She is an Honorary Professor in the Law School at City University, London, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Law, Griffith University. She has been a visiting professor at Westminster University, Birkbeck College, State University of New York at Buffalo, Hong Kong University, and New York University and has been a visiting research fellow at the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University and was the Karl Loewenstein Fellow in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College.

Alison is also a convenor of the MSSI Future Cities research cluster.