Jarrett Blaustein is an Associate Professor and the Director of Education in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) in the College of Asia and the Pacific at ANU. Prior to joining RegNet in 2022, he was a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Monash University and Lecturer in Criminology at Aberystwyth University.
His interdisciplinary research explores how and why societies govern and deliver security during or in anticipation of different types of crises. Much of his work to date is anchored in the idea that policing is best conceptualised and studied as networks or webs of actors whose interactions collectively serve to advance or reproduce particular versions of social order. Much of his research builds on the tradition of ‘nodal governance’ scholarship (pioneered at RegNet nearly two decades ago) by illuminating how global forces and transnational linkages shape the governance and delivery of security in different contexts.
His current work draws on these ideas to explore how different policing networks and actors around the world are adapting to risks, harms and crises associated with climate change. He recently led a pilot study of local adaptive policing practices during the Black Summer bushfires and is currently collaborating with scholars in the UK to examine how police and emergency management partners in Wales are adapting to climate related harms associated with floods and storms.
Jarrett has also written extensively on the topic of global crime governance and his most recent book Unraveling the Crime Development Nexus (with Tom Chodor and Nathan Pino; Rowman & Littlefield 2022) explores how successive international attempts to govern crime through multilateral institutions and organisations have served to reproduce the interests of global capital since the 19th Century.
His previous books include: Speaking Truths to Power: Policy Ethnography and Police Reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Oxford University Press 2015), Reflexivity and Criminal Justice (Palgrave 2017, as co-edited with Sarah Armstrong and Alistair Henry), the Emerald Handbook of Crime, Justice and Sustainable Development (Emerald 2020, co-edited with Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Nathan Pino and Rob White), and Place, Race and Politics: The Anatomy of a Law and Order Crisis (Emerald 2021, with Leanne Weber, Kathryn Benier, Rebecca Wickes and Diana Johns).
Jarrett has also published his research in more than twenty papers in leading international journals (e.g. British Journal of Criminology, International Journal of Drug Policy, Policing & Society, Theoretical Criminology) and edited volumes.