Doctor Toby Miles-Johnson

Doctor Toby Miles-Johnson

DAP - Criminology and Policing,
Criminology & Policing

Associate Professor in Criminoloy and Policing,
Criminology & Policing


Associate Professor Toby Miles-Johnson has a national and international profile as a policing scholar specialising in quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Having researched with different institutions and groups of people in national and international settings, Toby specialises in research with police organisations, national security agencies, international defence agencies, and diverse groups of people, and people categorised as vulnerable or hard to reach. He has conducted multiple research projects in collaboration with six police organisations around Australia as well as with the AFP, two police organisations in the UK, and three police departments in the US. Toby is interested in how institutions such as police and other national/international security agencies, respond to and engage with diverse communities when experiencing victimisation or when professional engagement occurs. His research and work in policing has been cited and discussed in key policing documents. Toby’s work and research has contributed to key areas on ‘Police Training’ and ‘Policing Diverse Communities’ within Australia, the UK, and the US. He is currently the ‘Discipline Lead’ for Criminology and Policing. He is also an ‘Adjunct Associate Professor’ for the ‘Centre for Justice’ and the ‘School of Justice’ at QUT.

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  • PhD University of Queensland

Professional Memberships

  • British Society of Criminology (2021 - 2021)
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (2021 - 2021)
  • American Society of Criminology (2021 - 2021)


  • Policing

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Criminology & Policing
  • Criminology & Policing


Phone: (02) 9772 6403
Location: 3.08.11

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Current Teaching Areas

  • JUST3006 Governance in Policing
  • JUST3014 Creating Criminal Justice Solutions


Chapters in Books

  • Miles-Johnson, T. (2020), 'Policing transgender people and intimate partner violence (IPV)', Intimate Partner Violence and the LGBT+ Community: Understanding Power Dynamics, Springer 9783030447618.
  • Bates, L., Belsham, D. and Miles-Johnson, T. (2017), 'Crime prevention : setting standards', Understanding Crime Prevention: The Case Study Approach, Australian Academic Press 9781922117939.

Journal Articles

  • Morgan, M. and Miles-Johnson, T. (2022), 'Responding to persons with mental illness (PWMI) : police recruit perceptions of mental health response training and engagement', Cogent Social Sciences, vol 8, no 1 .
  • Miles-Johnson, T. and Linklater, K. (2022), ''Rorting the system' : police detectives, diversity, and workplace advantage', Societies, vol 12, no 2 .
  • Miles-Johnson, T. and Morgan, M. (2022), 'Operational response : policing persons with mental illness in Australia', Journal of Criminology, vol 55, no 2 , pp 260 - 281.
  • Miles-Johnson, T. (2022), 'Religious policing : how religion and level of religiosity shape officer's interaction with minority groups', SN Social Sciences, vol 2 .
  • Miles-Johnson, T. and Ball, M. (2022), 'Police prosecutors and LGBTIQ intimate partner violence, victims, and perpetrators : an empirical study', SN Social Sciences, vol 2 .
  • Mellberg, J., Chataway, M., Ball, M. and Miles-Johnson, T. (2022), '[In Press] Psychological distance and fear of crime : towards a new understanding of risk perception formation', Journal of Criminology, .
  • Miles-Johnson, T. and Fay, S. (2022), '"Being diverse and being included, don't go together in policing" : diversity, inclusion, and Australian constables', Societies, vol 12, no 4 .
  • Miles-Johnson, T. (2022), '[In Press] 'Bread and butter' policing : first-year constables and domestic violence', Police Practice and Research, .
  • Miles-Johnson, T. (2021), 'Comparative perceptions : how female officers in two Australian police organizations view policing of diverse people', Police Practice and Research, vol 22, no 3 , pp 1294 - 1313.
  • Miles-Johnson, T., Fay, S. and Wiedlitzka, S. (2021), 'Policing minority communities : how perception of engagement and level of "awareness" influence officer attitudes toward practice', Social Sciences, vol 10, no 2 .
  • Miles-Johnson, T. and Courtenay, T. (2021), 'Recognition and response : policing 'forced marriage' in England', Policing and Society, vol 31, no 10 , pp 1248 - 1264.
  • Miles-Johnson, T. (2021), 'Policing between minorities : 'Asian-Australian' police recruits and policing of the LGBT community', Police Practice and Research, vol 22, no 1 , pp 290 - 307.
  • Watson, D., Boateng, F. and Miles-Johnson, T. (2021), 'Legitimizing policing practices : a study of stakeholder perceptions of police trustworthiness, effectiveness and relationship with the community', Police Practice and Research, vol 22, no 1 , pp 623 - 639.
  • Miles-Johnson, T. (2020), 'Police recruit perception of transgender officers : inclusion, diversity and transgender people', Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice, vol 6, no 3 , pp 189 - 201.
  • Miles-Johnson, T. and Death, J. (2020), 'Compensating for sexual identity : how LGB and heterosexual Australian police officers perceive policing of LGBTIQ+ people', Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, vol 36, no 2 , pp 251 - 273.
  • Williamson, H., Fay, S. and Miles-Johnson, T. (2019), 'Fear of terrorism : media exposure and subjective fear of attack', Global Crime, vol 20, no 1 , pp 1 - 25.
  • Miles-Johnson, T. (2019), 'Policing diverse people : how occupational attitudes and background characteristics shape police recruits' perceptions', SAGE Open, vol 9, no 3 .
  • Wiedlitzka, S., Mazerolle, L., Fay-Ramirez, S. and Miles-Johnson, T. (2018), 'Perceptions of police legitimacy and citizen decisions to report hate crime incidents in Australia', International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, vol 7, no 2 , pp 91 - 106.
  • Miles-Johnson, T. and Pickering, S. (2018), 'Police recruits and perceptions of trust in diverse groups', Police Practice and Research, vol 19, no 4 , pp 311 - 328.
  • Miles-Johnson, T., Mazerolle, L., Pickering, S. and Smith, P. (2018), 'Police perceptions of prejudice : how police awareness training influences the capacity of police to assess prejudiced motivated crime', Policing and Society, vol 28, no 6 , pp 730 - 745.
  • Miles-Johnson, T. and Wang, Y. (2018), ''Hidden identities' : perceptions of sexual identity in Beijing', British Journal of Sociology, vol 69, no 2 , pp 323 - 351.
  • Miles-Johnson, T., Fay-Ramirez, S. and Wiedlitzka, S. (2018), '(Mis)perceptions of ethnic group size and consequences for community expectations and cooperation with law enforcement', Race and Justice, vol 8, no 2 , pp 99 - 125.
  • Miles-Johnson, T. (2016), 'Policing diversity : examining police resistance to training reforms for transgender people in Australia', Journal of Homosexuality, vol 63, no 1 , pp 103 - 136.
  • Miles-Johnson, T. (2016), 'Perceptions of group value : how Australian transgender people view policing', Policing and Society, vol 26, no 6 , pp 605 - 626.
  • Miles-Johnson, T. (2015), '"They don't identify with us" : perceptions of police by Australian transgender people', International Journal of Transgenderism, vol 16, no 3 , pp 169 - 189.
  • Miles-Johnson, T. (2015), 'Policing transgender people : discretionary police power and the ineffectual aspirations of one Australian police initiative', SAGE Open, vol 5, no 2 .
  • Miles-Johnson, T. (2013), 'LGBTI variations in crime reporting : how sexual identity influences decisions to call the cops', Sage Open, vol 3, no 2 , pp 1 - 15.
  • Miles-Johnson, T. (2013), 'Confidence and trust in police : how sexual identity difference shapes perceptions of police', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, vol 25, no 2 , pp 685 - 702.

Conference Papers

  • Bates, M. and Miles-Johnson, T. (2010), 'First year student resilience as a factor in retention and engagement', Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference, Adelaide, S.A..


Previous Supervision

Thesis Title:
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Domestic Violence: A Global Perspective
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: An Examination into Occupational Justice Within Policing Practice
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