Associate Professor Phillip Wadds
Associate Professor

Associate Professor Phillip Wadds

PhD Criminology 

Law & Justice
School of Law, Society & Criminology

Dr Phillip Wadds is Associate Professor in Criminology at UNSW, Sydney. His award-winning research is situated at the at the interface of criminology, urban studies, alcohol and other drug (AOD) studies and public health, and examines issues related to crime prevention, community safety, policing, nightlife and related leisure, drinking and drug consumption and violence with an overarching concern for harm reduction. His work has made significant contributions to nightlife and festival safety as well as health and industry policy and practice and highlights his role in leadership through transformative and interdisciplinary research.

Dr Wadds’ research and engagement work centres on building interdisciplinary collaborations and connections designed to assist knowledge translation and impact. He has served as an expert member of the City of Sydney’s Nightlife and Creative Sector Advisory Panel from 2018-2022, and the Randwick City Council Night-Time Economy Advisory Committee (2018-2019), as an expert advisor to the NSW Government Parliamentary Summit on Pill-testing and Festival Safety in 2018, the 2019 Joint Select Committee on Sydney’s Night-Time Economy, the NSW Ministry of Health Guidelines on Festival Safety released in December 2019 and the 2022 Review into Sexual Harm, Sexual Harassment and Systemic Discrimination in the National Music Industry. Dr Wadds is also currently serving as the inaugural lead assessor for the NSW government’s Purple Flag program.

Dr Wadds 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.

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.

Phone
+61 2 9065 9693
Location
Room 355, Level 3, Law & Justice Building, UNSW
  • Books | 2020
    Wadds P, 2020, Policing Nightlife: Security, Transgression and Urban Order, Routledge, Oxon
  • Book Chapters | 2020
    Apoifis N; Wadds P; Schmeidl S; Spurway K, 2020, 'Collecting Stories', in Wadds P; Apoifis N; Schmeidl S; Spurway K (ed.), Navigating Fieldwork in the Social Sciences: Stories of Danger, Risk and Reward, Palgrave Macmillan, London
    Book Chapters | 2020
    Fileborn B; Wadds P; Tomsen S, 2020, 'Gender, Transgression, and Sexual Violence at Australian Music Festivals', in Platt L; Finkel R (ed.), Gendered Violence at International Festivals: An Interdisciplinary Perspective, Routledge, https://www.routledge.com/Gendered-Violence-at-International-Festivals-An-Interdisciplinary-Perspective/Platt-Finkel/p/book/9780367362546
    Book Chapters | 2020
    Lee M; Tomsen S; Wadds P, 2020, 'Locking-Out Uncertainty: Conflict and Risk in Sydney’s Night-Time Economy', in Pratt J (ed.), Criminal Justice, Risk and the Revolt Against Uncertainty
    Book Chapters | 2020
    Wadds P; Apoifis N; Schmeidl S; Spurway K, 2020, 'Sharing Stories', in Wadds P; Apoifis N; Schmeidl S; Spurway K (ed.), Navigating Fieldwork in the Social Sciences:Stories of Danger, Risk and Reward, Palgrave Macmillan, London
    Book Chapters | 2020
    Wadds P, 2020, 'Fear and Loathing in the Cross: Researching the Policing of Nightlife in Sydney', in Wadds P; Apoifis N; Schmeidl S; Spurway K (ed.), Navigating Fieldwork in the Social Sciences: Stories of Danger, Risk and Reward, Palgrave Macmillan, London
    Book Chapters | 2019
    Fileborn B; Wadds P; Barnes A, 2019, 'Setting the Stage for Sexual Assault: The Dynamics of Gender, Culture, Space and Sexual Violence at Live Music Events', in Raine S; Strong C (ed.), Towards Gender Equality in the Music Industry Education, Practice and Strategies for Change, Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 89 - 102, http://web.a.ebscohost.com/ehost/ebookviewer/ebook/bmxlYmtfXzIyNzExNThfX0FO0?sid=a44528b9-9cf3-41f5-8a4e-2a507ba2c492@sdc-v-sessmgr02&vid=0&format=EB&lpid=lp_viii&rid=0
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Tomsen S; Wadds P, 2016, 'Nightlife Ethnography, Violence, Policing and Security', in Stubbs J; Tomsen S (ed.), Australian Violence: Crime, Criminal Justice and Beyond, The Federation Press, Sydney
    Book Chapters | 2014
    Wadds PJ; Miller P; Pennay A; Droste N; Jenkinson R; Quinn B; Chikritzhs T; Tomsen S; Jones S; Palmer D; Barrie L; Lam T; Gilmore W; Lubman D, 2014, 'Patron offending and intoxication in night-time entertainment districts (POINTED)'', in Manton E; Room R; Giorgi C; Thorn M (ed.), Stemming the Tide of Alcohol: Liquor Licensing and the Public Interest
  • Edited Books | 2020
    Wadds P; Apoifis N; Schmeidl S; Spurway K, (eds.), 2020, Navigating Fieldwork in the Social Sciences: Stories of Danger, Risk and Reward, Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • Journal articles | 2023
    Wadds P; Doran CM; Shakeshaft A; Tran DA, 2023, '“It’s like a safety net for when things go wrong”: key stakeholder and program user perspectives on a peer-led safe space program in Sydney, Australia', Harm Reduction Journal, 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12954-023-00854-2
    Journal articles | 2022
    Baillie G; Fileborn B; Wadds P, 2022, 'Gendered Responses to Gendered Harms: Sexual Violence and Bystander Intervention at Australian Music Festivals', Violence Against Women, 28, pp. 711 - 739, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/10778012211012096
    Journal articles | 2022
    Wadds P; Fileborn B; Tomsen S, 2022, 'Carnival, Sexual Violence and Harm at Australian Music Festivals', British Journal of Criminology, 62, pp. 1 - 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azab047
    Journal articles | 2021
    Doran CM; Wadds P; Shakeshaft A; Tran DA, 2021, 'Impact and return on investment of the take kare safe space program—a harm reduction strategy implemented in Sydney, Australia', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182212111
    Journal articles | 2020
    Fileborn B; Wadds P; Tomsen S, 2020, 'Sexual Harassment and Violence at Australian Music Festivals: Reporting practices and experiences of festival attendees', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology
    Journal articles | 2018
    Fisher D; Wadds PJ; Clancey G, 2018, 'The patchwork of alcohol-free zones and alcohol-prohibited areas in New South Wales (Australia)', Safer Communities, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/SC-06-2017-0025
    Journal articles | 2018
    Pennay A; Peacock A; Droste N; Miller P; Bruno R; Wadds PJ; Tomsen S; Lubman D, 2018, 'What do we know about alcohol mixed with energy drink (AmED) use in Australia? Expanding local evidence', Public Heath Research and Practice, 28
    Journal articles | 2018
    Wadds PJ, 2018, '‘It’s not like it used to be’: Respect and nostalgia in the policing of nightlife', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0004865818781204
    Journal articles | 2015
    Wadds PJ, 2015, 'Crime, Policing and (In)Security: Press Depictions of Sydney's Night-Time Economy', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 27, pp. 95 - 112
    Journal articles | 2014
    Miller P; Pennay A; Droste N; Butler E; Jenkinson R; Hyder R; Quinn B; Chikritzhs T; Tomsen S; Wadds P; Jones S; Palmer D; Barrie L; Lam T; Gilmore W; Lubman D, 2014, 'A comparative study of blood alcohol concentrations in Australian night-time entertainment districts', Drug and Alcohol Review, 33, pp. 338 - 345
    Journal articles | 2013
    Miller P; Pennay A; Jenkinson R; Droste N; Chikritzhs T; Tomsen S; Wadds P; Jones S; Palmer D; Barrie L; Lubman D, 2013, 'Patron offending and intoxication in night time entertainment districts (POINTED) : a study protocol', International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research, 2, pp. 69 - 76
    Journal articles | 2010
    Wadds P, 2010, 'Raising the Bar: Preventing aggression in and around bars, pubs and clubs, Kathryn Graham and Ross Homel', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 22, pp. 185 - 187, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10345329.2010.12035879
  • Conference Abstracts | 2022
    Eassey C; Hughes CE; Barratt MJ; Wadds PJ, 2022, 'A systematic review of interventions to reduce harms associated with alcohol and other drug use in licensed entertainment settings and outdoor music festivals', in DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, WILEY, Vol. 41, pp. S57 - S58, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000862018700100&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Papers | 2021
    Eassey C; Hughes CE; Barratt MJ; Wadds PJ, 2021, 'A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW OF INTERVENTIONS TO REDUCE HARMS ASSOCIATED WITH ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG USE IN LICENSED ENTERTAINMENT SETTINGS AND OUTDOOR MUSIC FESTIVALS', in DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, WILEY, pp. S71 - S71, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000715073200176&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Reports | 2020
    Christopher D; Wadds P; Shakeshaft A; Tran DA, 2020, Evaluation of the Take Kare Safe Space Program, https://ndarc.med.unsw.edu.au/resource/evaluation-take-kare-safe-space-program
    Reports | 2019
    Fileborn B; Wadds P; Tomsen S, 2019, Safety and Sexual Violence at Australian Music Festivals: Final Report, http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.30091.85280
    Other | 2018
    Fileborn B; Wadds P, 2018, New research shines light on sexual violence at Australian music festivals, , https://theconversation.com/new-research-shines-light-on-sexual-violence-at-australian-music-festivals-104768
    Other | 2018
    Fileborn BK; Wadds P, 2018, How music festivals can change the tune on sexual violence, The Conversation, , https://theconversation.com/how-music-festivals-can-change-the-tune-on-sexual-violence-89758
    Other | 2017
    Wadds PJ, 2017, Where are they now? What public transport data reveal about lockout laws and nightlife patronage, The Conversation, , https://theconversation.com/where-are-they-now-what-public-transport-data-reveal-about-lockout-laws-and-nightlife-patronage-73521
    Conference Papers | 2016
    Du Preez L; Wadds PJ, 2016, 'Gendered Responsibilisation in the Night-Time Economy', in Chou M (ed.), Proceedings of The Australian Sociological Association Conference, The Australian Catholic University, Fitzroy, Melbourne, TASA, Melbourne, pp. 62 - 67, presented at TASA, Melbourne, 28 November 2016 - 01 December 2016
    Reports | 2013
    Lubman D; Peacock A; Droste N; Pennay A; Miller P; Bruno R; Lloyd B; Hyder S; Roxburgh A; Wadds PJ; Tomsen S; Brown J, 2013, Alcohol and Energy Drinks in NSW: A Report Prepared for NSW Health
    Reports | 2013
    Miller P; Pennay A; Droste N; Jenkinson R; Quinn B; Chikritzhs T; Tomsen S; Wadds PJ; Jones S; Palmer D; Barrie L; Lam T; Gilmore W; Lubman D, 2013, Patron Offending and Intoxication in Night-time Entertainment Districts (POINTED) : Final Report, NDLERF, Monograph Series no. 46
    Conference Papers | 2010
    Wadds PJ, 2010, 'Securing Nightlife: Media Representations of Public and Private Policing', in The Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference 2010, Sydney Law School., Sydney University Law School, Sydney, presented at The Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference 2010, Sydney Law School., Sydney University Law School, Sydney, 01 July 2010 - 02 July 2010, https://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/bitstream/2123/7374/1/Wadds_ANZCCC2010.pdf

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)

My Teaching

Criminology:

Phillip teaches across the undergraduate Criminology program, including core and elective courses.