Dr Phillip Wadds is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at UNSW, Sydney. His research is situated at the intersection of five interrelated themes: policing; nightlife and related leisure; alcohol and other drugs; violence; and harm reduction.
Phillip has project managed a number of major research projects, including the NDLERF funded Patron Offending and Intoxication in Night-Time Entertainment Districts (POINTED) Project and NSW Health funded Alcohol Combined with Energy Drinks (ACED) project, and has been Chief Investigator on a NSW Department of Justice funded research project evaluating the Take Kare Safe Space Program and a project investigating the nature and extent of violence, sexual violence and issues of public safety at Australian music festivals. He is currently lead investigator on a number of funded projects examining best practice in harm reduction at music festival events and the regulation of licensed venues.
Dr Wadds is also a recognised expert around public safety and has worked on policy advisory committees around nightlife for the City of Sydney (2018-2022) and Randwick City Council (2018-2019) and is the inaugural lead assessor for the NSW government’s Purple Flag program.
Phillip is available for supervision of Honours, Masters by Research and PhD projects around topics including include the night-time economy, music festivals, alcohol and drug related harm and violence, crime prevention, policing policy and practice, plural policing, urban governance and the relationship between the media, crime and policing.
NSW Department of Justice- Evaluating the Take Kare Safe Space Project (with Professor Anthony Shakeshaft and Professor Chris Doran)- $180,000
Safety, sexual harassment and assault at Australian music festivals (with Dr Bianca Fileborn and Professor Stephen Tomsen)- $12,000
Planning for a Vibrant and Safe Night-Time Economy in Parramatta LGA- $80,000
2019 Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Adam Sutton Crime Prevention Award - for Safety and Sexual Violence at Australian Music Festivals project.
2015 Dean's Award for Innovative Blended Learning (Western Sydney University)
Winner of the 2013 Drug and Alcohol Awards ‘Excellence in Research Award’ - POINTED project
My Research Supervision
Enacting Eviction: Experiences of Pleasure and Harm - Baillee Farah (MRes)
Changing the Tune: Affecting reform around gendered discrimination and harm in the music industry - Lily Richardson (PhD)
Re-thinking harm reduction strategies in Sydney’s licensed entertainment settings and outdoor music festivals: A cross-national comparative analysis - Christopher Eassey (PhD)
People with cognitive disability and complex support needs - voices in policy and practice - Simone Rowe (PhD)
Towards a gender inclusive urban environment: spatio-temporal analysis of perceptions of safety held by women in public space - Sophia German (PhD)
Making Recovery Happen: How to Understand Citizenship and Employment of Chinese People Who Inject Drugs - Apei Song (PhD)
Phillip teaches across the undergraduate Criminology program, including core and elective courses.