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Professor Ronald D Francis

MA (NZ), PhD (Melb), Dip Crim (Cambridge), Fellow of the British Psychological Society

Emeritus Professor, College of Law & Justice

Professor Ronald Francis received his first degrees at Canterbury, Christchurch, completed a PhD in experimental psychology at the University of Melbourne, and the Post Graduate Diploma in Criminology at Cambridge. He has worked in several universities in Victoria and NSW, and has held several Visiting Fellowships at Cambridge University.

To date he has published 23 books, 80 articles, and has given numerous conference papers, as well as being a visiting scholar at other places. His current research is of two kinds: one is further migration studies: the second is a project which is a modernised form of experimental investigations into sentencing. The first of these two approaches resulted in a book published in 2014 by Palgrave Macmillan and entitled Birthplace, migration, and crime.

While at VU he has been supervisor of a number of doctoral candidates. Additional experience includes years as a Justice of the Peace with Bench experience, appearance in court as an expert witness, three years as Chairman of a national ethics committee, and ten years on the Victorian Department of Justice Research Ethics Committee.

Has also been a co-recipient of an ARC research grant, as well as other grants. He is also the author of several official Reports. His main current role is as a supervisor and a researcher.

Recent publications

Books

Francis R D & Murfey G (2015). Global business ethics. London: Kogan Page 

Francis R D (2014). Birthplace, migration, and crime. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Francis R D (2014). Crime and the foreign born: the Australian experience. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Francis R D & Armstrong A F (2012). Meetings: formal rules and informal guides. London: Anthem Press

Muenjohn N, Armstrong A F & Francis R D (2010). Leadership; in Asia-Pacific: readings and research. Melbourne: Cengage

Francis R D & Mishra M (2009), Business ethics: an Indian perspective,McGraw Hill, Delhi

Francis R D (2009).(2nd edit). Ethics for psychologists. Oxford: Blackwell-Wiley

Book chapters

Armstrong A F & Francis R D (2015). Chapter. ‘Whistleblowing’. Research handbook on international financial crime. In B Rider [Ed]. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar

Francis R D. (2015). Mental health and the courts. (In Working within the forensic paradigm. (Eds. R.Sheehan & J.Ogloff) London: Routledge

Refereed articles

Francis R D & Greenway M (2015). A simple system for constructing an end-of-book index. Journal of scholarly publishing. 46 (3) 290-296

Purcell A J, Francis R D & Clark C (2014). Audit committee effectiveness in Victorian local government. Australian accounting review. 71 24 (4) 339-369

Armstrong A F & Francis R D (2014). Case note: legislating to protect the whistleblower: the Victorian experience. Australian journal of corporate law. 29 (1) 101-111                         

Francis R D, Armstong I & Foxley I (2015). Whistleblowing: a three-part view. Journal of financial crime. 22 (2) 208-218

Francis R D (2014). Assumptions and deeming. Journal of financial crime. 21 (2) 204-214

Armstrong A F & Francis R D (2014). Legislating to protect the whistleblower: the Victorian experience. Australian journal of corporate law. 29 (1) 101-111

Research papers

Francis R D & Greenway M (2015). A simple system for constructing an end-of-book index. Journal of scholarly publishing. 46 (3) 290-296

Francis R D, Armstrong I & Foxley I (2015). Whistleblowing: a three-part view. Journal of financial crime. 22 (2) 208-218

Purcell A J, Francis R D & Clark C (2014). Audit Committee Effectiveness in Victorian Local Government. Australian accounting review. No. 71 24 (4) 339-369

Armstrong A F & Francis R D (2014). Case note: legislating to protect the whistleblower: the Victorian experience. Australian journal of corporate law. 29 (1) 101-111                         

Francis R D (2014). Assumptions and deeming. Journal of financial crime. 21 (2) 204-214

Conference presentations

Professor Francis has given conference presentations in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.

Invited presentations

Professor Francis has given invited addresses in Australian, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Italy, Israel and Switzerland

Teaching responsibilities

Occasional lecturer and seminars.

Completions

  • Officially accredited supervisor
  • Completed supervision of doctorates in 2014 and 2015. 

Research grants

He has received a number of research grants: from the Victorian Department of Justice, the Victorian Law Foundation, The New South Wales Law Foundation, and the Australian Research Committee – the latter being 2004-2006 for work on local governance and crime.

Professional membership

Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Industry experience

Consultant to business.

Areas of expertise

  • Along the dimension of ethics-criminology
  • Values and human behaviour
Ronald Francis

Contact details

+61 3 9919 1825
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