Research Abstract

Dr. Heather Strang

Deputy Director of the Jerry Lee Centre for Experimental Criminology and Deputy Director of the  Police Executive Programme

Research Abstract

Dr. Strang is an experimental criminologist who has worked with police departments and criminal justice agencies in Australia, the US and UK. As Director of the Centre for Restorative at the Australian National University, she is directing a ten-year followup of over 3,000 victims and offenders who have participated in restorative justice meetings in Canberra, London, Northumbria and Thames Valley. Her recent publications include her book entitledRepair or Revenge: Victims and Restorative Justice (Oxford University Press, 2002).

In the early 1990s Dr Strang conducted a series of studies monitoring the character of homicide in each Australian jurisdiction based on information collected from police files. From 1995 until 2000 she directed RISE (Reintegrative Shaming Experiments) project, evaluating restorative justice conferences delivered by the Australian Federal Police as an alternative to normal criminal justice processing. Since 2001 she has continued this research as co-director of the Justice Research Consortium, with eight experiments funded by the British Home Office involving the development and testing of restorative justice programmes for different kinds of offences and offenders at various points in the justice system. She has a special interest in victims of crime which continues to be the focus of her own research.

Selected recent publications:


  • 2007, Lawrence Sherman & Heather StrangRestorative Justice: The Evidence, London, Smith Institute.
  • 2002, Heather StrangRepair or Revenge: Victims and Restorative Justice, Oxford, Oxford University Press. (paperback edition published 2004)
  • 2002, Heather Strang & John Braithwaite (eds) Restorative Justice and Family Violence, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
  • 2001, Heather Strang & John Braithwaite (eds) Restorative Justice and Civil Society, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • 2000, Heather Strang & John Braithwaite (eds) Restorative Justice: From Philosophy to Practice, Ashgate, Aldershot, 224 plus xv pp.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

  • 2007, Tom Tyler, Lawrence W Sherman, Heather Strang, Geoffrey C Barnes & Daniel J Woods, ‘Reintegrative Shaming, Procedural Justice and Recidivism: The Engagement of Offenders’ Psychological Mechanisms in the Canberra RISE Drinking-and-Driving Experiment’, Law and Society Review, 41 (3), 553-586.
  • 2006, Heather Strang, Lawrence W Sherman, Caroline M Angel, Daniel J Woods, Sarah Bennett, Dorothy Newbury-Birch & Nova Inkpen. ‘Victim evaluations of face-to-face restorative justice conferences: A quasi-experimental analysis.’ Journal of Social Issues, 62 (2), 281-306. 
  • 2005, Lawrence W Sherman, Heather Strang, Caroline Angel, Daniel J Woods, Geoffrey C Barnes, Sarah Bennett, Meredith Rossner and Nova Inkpen, ‘Effects of face-to-face restorative justice on victims of crime in four randomized controlled trials’, Journal of Experimental Criminology, vol 1, no 3, pp367-395.
  • 2004, Lawrence W Sherman & Heather Strang, ‘Verdicts or Inventions? Interpreting Results from Randomized Controlled Experiments in Criminology’ American Behavioral Scientist (special issue devoted to Experimental Methods in the Political Sciences edited by Donald P Green and Alan S Gerber, Yale University), vol 47,no 5, pp 575-607.
  • 2004, Heather Strang, ‘The Threat to Restorative Justice Posed by the Merger with Community Justice: a Paradigm Muddle’ Contemporary Justice Review, vol 7, no 1, pp 75-79.
  • 2003, Heather Strang & Lawrence W Sherman, ‘Repairing the Harm: Victims and Restorative Justice’ Utah Law Review, vol 2003, no 1, pp 15-42.