Doctor Ana Rodas

Doctor Ana Rodas

Director, Learning and Teaching,
Dean's Unit School of Social Sciences & Psychology

Academic Course Advisor,
Criminology (SSAP)

Lecturer in Criminology and Policing,
Criminology (SSAP)

Lecturer in Criminology and Policing,
Criminology (SSAP)


Ana holds a PhD and a B.Soc.Sci. (Honours) in Criminology from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Prior to joining Western Sydney University (WSU) in 2013, she worked as a research officer in the field of alcohol and other drugs, this included work with the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC) and the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC). In her time with these centres Ana worked on projects relating to the nexus between drugs and offending amongst juveniles, as well as, project managed a national study commissioned by the Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD). The ANCD project focused on drug strategies in Australian prisons, including: supply, demand and harm reduction. Currently, Ana is developing her interest in the policing of football, which follows from her PhD, ‘Plural policing in action: Exploring the nature of security networks in English and Australian stadiums’. Ana believes that a research agenda that addresses the complex challenges of policing football in Australia must include consultation with: police, stadium security, football clubs, and football fans.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Rodas.


  • PhD(Criminology) University of New South Wales
  • BSocSci(Hons) University of New South Wales

Professional Memberships

  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (2015)
  • European Group for the Study of Social Control and Deviance (2015)


  • Highly Commended paper in the 2015 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. 2015-08-31
  • Deans Award for Innovative Blended Learning 2016-03-14
  • Researcher Development Strategic Initiative Funding Early Career Researcher Grant 2017-12-01
  • Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching Award: Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning 2017-12-06


  • Curriculum
  • Drugs and prisons
  • Ethnographies of violence
  • Geographies of fear
  • Occupational identity
  • Policing crowds
  • Private security
  • Urban governance
  • Youth justice

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit School of Social Sciences & Psychology
  • Criminology (SSAP)
  • Criminology (SSAP)
  • Criminology (SSAP)


  • SSaP School Academic Committee
  • SSaP Learning and Teaching Committee
  • 21st Century Curriculum Scholars Network


Phone: (02) 47360 133
Location: P.G.47
Penrith (Kingswood)

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 102039 Crime, Deviance and Society, 2017
  • 400684 Juvenile Crime and Justice, 2017
  • 400684 Juvenile Crime and Justice, 2018


Chapters in Books

  • Dolan, K. and Rodas, A. (2013), 'Drug users and imprisonment', Drug Law Reform in Southeast Asia, Lexington Books 9780739180372.
  • Wodak, A., Ryan, J., Griffiths, P., Beek, I., Barratt, M., Lenton, S., Dolan, K., Rodas, A., Noller, G. and Farrell, M. (2012), 'Policy and practice in harm reduction in Australasia', Harm Reduction in Substance Use and High-Risk Behaviour: International Policy and Practice, Wiley-Blackwell 9781405182973.

Journal Articles

  • Dolan, K., Rodas, A. and Bode, A. (2015), 'Drug and alcohol use and treatment for Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous prisoners : demand reduction strategies', International Journal of Prisoner Health, vol 11, no 1 , pp 30 - 38.
  • Dolan, K. and Rodas, A. (2014), 'Detection of drugs in Australian prisons : supply reduction strategies', International Journal of Prisoner Health, vol 10, no 2 , pp 111 - 117.

Conference Papers

  • George, E., Rodas, A. and Parry, K. (2017), 'Mind and body : academic engagement with industry', Sporting Traditions Conference, Sydney, N.S.W..

Other Publications

  • 2012, 'Supply, Demand and Harm Reduction Strategies in Australian Prisons: An Update', Research Report

Ana is a multi-disciplinary scholar with interest in prisoner health, correctional settings and policing. She has co-authored book chapters and journal articles in the field of drugs in prisons, including the supply, demand and harm reduction of drugs in Australian prisons. A central concern of her work has been the nexus between drug use and crime. Ana’s work explores the way in which effective implementation of Australia’s harm minimisation drug policy may assist in lowering re-offending rates amongst adult and juvenile offenders. Additionally, in the area of policing, Ana has focused on plural policing and security networks at football stadia in Australia and England. The use of comparative research methodologies, ethnography and case study research design forms an important part of Ana’s work.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Rodas.

Current Projects

Title: Safer by Design Workshop_NSW Police (Workshops 1, 2, 3 and 4)
  • NSW Police Force
Western Researchers:
Years: 2017-05-11 -
ID: P00024188

Previous Projects

Title: Community Grant Writing-Stronger Communities Fund - Bulldogs
  • Bulldogs Rugby League Club
Western Researchers:
Years: 2016-09-28 - 2016-10-18
ID: P00024444
Title: University Partnership: Safety and Crime Prevention in Parramatta LGA
  • City of Parramatta Council
Western Researchers: Andrew Gorman-Murray, Cameron Mcauliffe, Jenna Condie and Ana Rodas
Years: 2016-06-16 - 2019-04-30
ID: P00023177
Title: Western Sydney Wanderers fan cultures, policing & safety review
  • Western Sydney Wanderers Football club
Western Researchers:
Years: 2016-09-15 - 2017-02-15
ID: P00024286
Title: Community Safety Fund Grant Writing -Bulldogs
  • Bulldogs Rugby League Club
Western Researchers:
Years: 2016-01-15 - 2016-02-25
ID: P00024443
Title: Literature Review: The use of cultural identity and support planning in New South Wales with recommendations for applicability in NSW Juvenile Justice
  • Department of Justice NSW
Western Researchers: Brian Stout, Ana Rodas and Gina Vizza
Years: 2018-06-29 - 2018-08-31
ID: P00025134


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Under-utilising Youth Diversion: Exploring Criminal Justice Perspectives
Field of Research: Other Society And Culture

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Examining human rights and ethical practice in Australian policing: A New South Wales Case Study
Field of Research: Other Society And Culture; Police Studies

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