Don Weatherburn is a Professor at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre and was formerly Executive Director of the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research. Prior to that appointment, Professor Weatherburn was foundation Research Director at the Judicial Commission of New South Wales. He graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in Psychology and was awarded a Ph.D. by that university in 1979. He has published on a wide range of topics including sentencing, criminal justice administration, crime prevention, drug law enforcement, harm reduction and program evaluation. He has authored or co-authored 229 publications, including four books, over 100 peer reviewed journal articles, nine chapters in books and 121 reports.
Public Service Medal
University of Sydney alumni award for community service
Member, Academy of Social Science of Australia
Current research interests: Evaluations of the NSW cannabis cautioning scheme and the NSW Magistrates Early Referral into Treatment Program (MERIT).Research into changes in public attitudes toward illicit drug users, effect of COVID on crime, the relationship between gambling expenditure and crime, the effect of the heroin shortage on reoffending and the criminal careers of illicit drug users