Dr Melissa Jardine’s research interests include:

  • Southern Policing
    • Southern Theory (e.g. Connell, R.)
    • Southern Criminology (e.g. Carrington, K. et al)
  • Police culture (e.g. Chan, J.)
  • Policing and law enforcement in Asia
    • Vietnam specialist
  • Police professionalisation, recruitment & education models
  • Police reforms
  • Counter-terrorism & violent extremism
  • Transnational crimes
  • Police corruption
  • Law enforcement & public health
  • Harm reduction approaches
  • HIV prevention & epidemic control
  • Women in law enforcement
  • Gender & sexuality
  • Ethnography
  • Qualitative & mixed research methods


Books & book chapters

  • Jardine, M. (2022) Policing in a changing Vietnam: a Southern policing perspective. Routledge. (forthcoming)
  • Jardine, M. (2022) Harm reduction and policing in Australia. In Blue Serge and Red Ribbons, ed. G. Monaghan (forthcoming)
  • Jardine, M. & van Dijk, A. (2022). Why being positive matters. Appreciative Inquiry and ethnography for transforming policing. The Handbook of Police Ethnography, eds. Fleming, J. and Charmen, S. Routledge. (forthcoming).
  • Jardine, M. & van Dijk, A. (2021) Law enforcement and public health: a framework for analysis of LEPH in lower and middle income countries (LMICs). In Law Enforcement & Public Health: Partners for Community Safety and Wellbeing, eds. Bartkowiak-Théron, I., Clover, J., Southby, R., & Crofts, N. Springer. (forthcoming)

Articles and reports

Selected news & media


Research dissertations

Doctor of Philosophy
Faculty of Law
University of New South Wales 2019
Research dissertation: Policing in a changing Vietnam

Master of Philosophy
Nossal Institute for Global Health
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne 2013
Research dissertation: Law enforcement and harm reduction: influences on street policing in Vietnam

Master of Asian Studies
Faculty of Arts
Monash University 2006
Research dissertation: Economic crimes and the death penalty in China