Doctor Ken Wooden

Doctor Ken Wooden

DAP - Criminology and Policing,
Criminology & Policing

SPR/2H Casual Academic - JUST1003,
Dean's Unit, School of Social Sciences

Lecturer in Policing,
Criminology & Policing


Ken is a lecturer within the Bachelor of Policing course. He is the Coordinator for Units; Policing Practices and Legislation, Courts and Policing. Prior to his appointment at UWS, Ken worked as a senior lecturer for Charles Sturt University  for twelve years and was involved in the delivery of recruit education in collaboration with New South Wales Police. Prior to entering full time academia Ken was an operational police officer performing duties with New South Wales Police.  His doctoral area of research dealt with police perceptions of accountability and community policing.  His current research interests include;  police attitudes and perceptions towards illicit drug use, community policing, ethical orientations of police recruits and customer service factors impacting upon police work attitudes and motivation. 

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  • PhD Griffith University
  • GCertUniTeachLearn Charles Sturt University
  • MSocSc(Crim) Charles Sturt University
  • BPolc Charles Sturt University

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Criminology & Policing
  • Dean's Unit, School of Social Sciences
  • Criminology & Policing


Phone: (02) 9772 6647
Location: 3.6.10

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Chapters in Books

  • Wooden , K. (2021), 'The incorporation of multidisciplinary approaches to enhance police communication strategies', Australian Policing: Critical Issues in 21st Century Police Practice, Routledge 9780367464660.
  • Wooden, K. (2017), 'The vulnerability of police in policing the vulnerable community of Macquarie Field', Policing Encounters with Vulnerability, Palgrave 9783319512273.

Journal Articles

  • Cubitt, T., Wooden, K. and Roberts, K. (2020), 'A machine learning analysis of serious misconduct among Australian police', Crime Science, vol 9 .
  • Cubitt, T., Wooden, K., Kruger, E. and Kennedy, M. (2020), 'A predictive model for serious police misconduct by variation of the theory of planned behaviour', Journal of Forensic Practice, vol 22, no 4 , pp 251 - 263.
  • Wooden, K. and Nixon, J. (2014), 'The incorporation of obedience to authority into New South Wales police force recruit training', Salus Journal, vol 2, no 1 , pp 43 - 62.
  • Wooden, K. and Rogers, C. (2014), 'Restoring public confidence : perceptions of community police officers', Police Journal, vol 87, no 3 , pp 186 - 194.
  • Nixon, J., Wooden, K. and Corbo Crehan, A. (2012), 'Policing students' understanding of obedience to authority', Policing, vol 6, no 4 , pp 335 - 343.

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