Researcher biography

Dr Renee Zahnow is a Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland (UQ). Renee has expertise in spatial and longitudinal analyses and she has applied these skills to examine a range of social problems including crime, disorder, community social processes, resilience, substance use and community regulation. Renee's research focuses on place-based patterns of crime and victimisation; she is particularly interested in understanding the link between the regularities of daily human mobility, social and behavioural norms and the propensity for crime and deviance. Renee holds a Visiting Research Fellow position at Liverpool John Moores University Institute for Public Health where she collaborates on research projects regarding the illicit use of steroids and performance enhancing drugs; and place-based patterns of alcohol-related harms.

Dr Zahnow has worked across a range of research projects including program evaluations and random-control trials. She has experience in working with police, ambulance and hospital data and has established working ties with industry partners and international colleagues. She has expert knowledge in areas of urban criminology, youth and deviance and substance use. Her work is published in various journals, including Criminology, Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Urban Affairs and Journal of Environmental Psychology.

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