Dr Frank Baffour
Casual Academic

Dr Frank Baffour

PhD (Cum Laude)



Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Social Sciences

F. D. Baffour is a lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He has a special interest in the decolonization of the prison and has worked in the criminal justice system, and currently developing a research profile in criminal justice social work. Having earned his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice Social Work from James Cook University, Australia, Baffour aims to utilize social work and criminology theories and methods to understand crime, and improve prison conditions, and design culturally appropriate reformation programs and interventions that are effective for reducing recidivism.

A desire for transforming student/teacher and client/practitioner relationships is at the centre of what he does. He prioritizes the wellbeing of students and clients alike by working towards developing the individual as a whole, including their academic and treatment needs. At the University, his teaching promotes active learning and effective student engagement. Baffour’s research skills helped him win a research excellence award (Cum Laude) for his doctoral studies. His current research agenda focuses on developing a crime prevention intervention that is culturally appropriate and builds on the foundation of social work theories and methods. Baffour’s other research interests are in intimate partner violence, mental health, workforce development, and promoting a healthy university.

Room 170 Morven Brown
  • Book Chapters | 2022
    2022, 'Employing Humanistic Teaching Approaches to Promote Student Wellbeing in Higher Education', in Mental Health and Higher Education in Australia, Springer Singapore, pp. 87 - 101, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-8040-3_6
    Book Chapters | 2021
    2021, 'Recent Developments in Criminal Justice Social Work in Australia and India: Critically Analysing This Emerging Area of Practice', in Social Work Education, Research and Practice: Perspectives from India and Australia, Springer Singapore, pp. 231 - 245, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-9797-8_17
  • Journal articles | 2023
    2023, 'Criminal records and post-prison employment in Ghana: Formal and informal means of performing criminal background checks', Criminology and Criminal Justice, pp. 174889582311614 - 174889582311614, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/17488958231161429
    Journal articles | 2022
    Baffour FD; Francis AP; Chong MD; Harris N, 2022, 'Doing Qualitative Research in a Controlled Site: Challenges, Lessons, and Strategies', Crime and Delinquency, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/00111287221106944
    Journal articles | 2022
    Baffour FD; Francis AP; Chong MD; Harris N, 2022, 'Mental Health Experiences Among Inmates Serving Life Sentences in Ghana Prisons', International Criminal Justice Review, 32, pp. 5 - 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1057567720963718
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Coping Strategies Adopted by Migrant Female Head-load Carriers Who Experienced IPV', Victims and Offenders, 17, pp. 139 - 159, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15564886.2021.1923601
    Journal articles | 2021
    Adomako EB; Darkwa Baffour F, 2021, 'Suffering in the Hands of a Loved One: The Endemic to Intimate Partner Violence and Consequences on Migrant Female Head-Load Carriers in Ghana', Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36, pp. NP11940 - NP11967, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0886260519888547
    Journal articles | 2021
    Baffour FD; Francis AP; Chong MD; Harris N; Baffour PD, 2021, 'Perpetrators at First, Victims at Last: Exploring the Consequences of Stigmatization on Ex-Convicts’ Mental Well-Being', Criminal Justice Review, 46, pp. 304 - 325, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0734016820960785
    Journal articles | 2021
    Baffour FD, 2021, 'Recidivism: Exploring Why Inmates Re-Offend in a Prison Facility in Ghana', Victims and Offenders, 16, pp. 1161 - 1181, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15564886.2021.1878080
    Journal articles | 2021
    Okantey GNO; Adomako EB; Baffour FD; Lim D, 2021, 'Sociocultural Implications of Infertility and Challenges in Accessing Assisted Reproductive Technology: Experiences of Couples from Two Health Facilities in Southern Ghana', Marriage and Family Review, 57, pp. 375 - 396, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01494929.2021.1880529
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dako-Gyeke M; Baffour FD, 2016, 'We are like devils in their eyes: Perceptions and experiences of stigmatization and discrimination against recidivists in Ghana', Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 55, pp. 235 - 253, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10509674.2016.1159640

My Teaching

SOCW1001 Introduction to Social Work

SOCW3012/3013 Field Placement