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Mark Israel

Mark Israel

Professor and Dean Learning and Teaching, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia | Adjunct Professor, School of Social Sciences, University of Western Australia, Australia


Mark has won teaching and research prizes in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, including: the Prime Minister’s Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year in 2004; the Radzinowicz Memorial Prize from the British Journal of Criminology in 2005; and the Critical Criminologist of the Year Award from the Critical Criminology Division of the American Society of Criminology in 2006. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in the United Kingdom and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the United Kingdom, was a Fellow and a Discipline Scholar of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, and has been an External Examiner at the University of Hong Kong and an External Moderator at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He has received national competitive grants from the Australian Research Council, the Criminology Research Council and the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching. He was appointed professor at Flinders University (2004-09), University of Western Australia (2010-16) and Dean Learning and Teaching and professor at Murdoch University (2019-present).

Mark is or has been a member of the sub-committees responsible for research ethics of both the British Society of Criminology and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology; the NHMRC’s Harmonisation of Multi-Centre Ethical Review Education (HoMER) sub-group and the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Academic Ethics in Canada, Research Ethics in the United Kingdom, the Journal of Empirical Research on Human-Research Ethics in the United States, and the International Journal for Educational Integrity in Australia.

Mark also acts as a senior consultant on higher education policy and academic development, evaluation, and learning and teaching matters with Higher Education Evaluation & Development (HEED) Consulting.


Mark has provided advice to and developed research ethics and integrity training programs and resource materials for Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the Federal Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), the SACE Board of South Australia, the United Kingdom Centre for Legal Education, and the Enhancing Departments and Graduate Education (EDGE) in Geography Project in the United States. Other consultancy work has been completed for various institutions and agencies, including the Federal, New South Wales and South Australian Governments and the National Health and Medical Research Council, as well as a range of universities and other higher education institutions in Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and New Zealand. He also acts as an ethics screening panel member, ethics reviewer and rapporteur for the European Research Council.

Recent Commissioned Papers and Reports

Allen, G, Israel, M and Thomson, C (2016) Office for Learning and Teaching: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Human Research Ethics Resource Manual.

Allen, G, Israel, M and Thomson, C (2015) Office for Learning and Teaching: Research Ethics Report.

Thomson, C, Allen, G & Israel M (2011) The Ethical Conduct of Research and Evaluation Activities by the Commonwealth Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs: a Framework for Ethical and Responsible Research and Evaluation. Report for Commonwealth Government.

Israel, M & Hay, I (2007) Good Ethical Practice in Empirical Research in Law. Web Resource for the United Kingdom Centre for Legal Education.

Chalmers, R & Israel, M (2005) Caring for Data: Law, Professional Codes and the Negotiation of Confidentiality in Australian Criminological Research. Report for the Criminology Research Council (Australia). 57 pages.

Israel, M (2004) Ethics and the Governance of Criminological Research in Australia. Report for the New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research. 101 pages. ISBN 0 7313 2664 4.


  • Research ethics Governance
  • Research ethics Advisor Training
  • Social science Research Ethics
  • Criminology Research Ethics
  • Academic Ethics
  • Research Integrity
  • Publication Ethics



Israel, M (2015) Research Ethics and Integrity for Social Scientists: Beyond Regulatory Compliance. London: Sage. Hbk 9781446207482; Pbk 9781446207499; Ebook 9781473909151

Israel, M & Hay, I (2006) Research Ethics for Social Scientists: Between Ethical Conduct and Regulatory Compliance. London: Sage. 208 pages. ISBN Cloth: 1-4129-0389-0; Paper: 1-4129-0390-4.

Articles in Refereed Journals

Gan, Z-R & Israel, M (2019) Transnational Policy Migration, Interdisciplinary Policy Transfer and Decolonization: Tracing the Patterns of Research Ethics Regulation in Taiwan. Developing World Bioethics. DOI:10.1111/dewb.12224

Wynn, LL & Israel, M (2018) The Fetishes of Consent: Signatures, Paper and Writing in Research Ethics Review. American Anthropologist 120(4) pp795–806. DOI:10.1111/aman.13148

Horan, J and Israel, M (2016) Beyond the Legal Barrier: Institutional Gate-keeping and Real Jury Research. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. doi:10.1177/000486581557776

Israel, M (2012) Rolling Back the Bureaucracies of Ethics Review. Journal of Medical Ethics. doi:10.1136/medethics-2012-100942

Street, J, Rogers, W, Israel, M & Braunack-Mayer, A (2010) Credit where credit is due? Regulation, research integrity and the attribution of authorship in the health sciences. Social Science and Medicine 70/9, pp.1458-65.

Israel, M (2004) Strictly Confidential? Integrity and the Disclosure of Criminological and Socio-Legal Research. British Journal of Criminology 44/5, pp715-40. ISSN 0007-0955.

Hersh, D & Israel, M (2002) Approaches to Research Ethics. ACQ (Australia) 4/1 pp44-48. ISSN 1441-6727

Chapters in Books

Israel, M (2019)  Organising and Contesting Research Ethics: The Global Position. In Iphofen, R (ed.) Handbook of Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity. Springer Nature.

Israel, M & Fozdar, F (2019) The ethics of the study of Social Problems. In Marvasti, A & Treviño, J (eds) Researching Social Problems. New York: Routledge. pp.188-204. ISBN 978-1-138-09174-0

Allen, G & Israel, M (2018) Moving beyond Regulatory Compliance: Building Institutional Support for Ethical Reflection in Research. In Iphofen, R & Tolich, M (eds) The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research Ethics. London: Sage. pp276-288.

Israel, M (2018) Ethical Imperialism? Exporting Research Ethics to the Global South. In Iphofen, R and Tolich, M (eds) The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research Ethics. London: Sage. pp89-102.

Israel, M and Gelsthorpe, L (2017) Ethics in Criminological Research: A Powerful Force, or a Force for the Powerful?. In Cowburn, M, Gelsthorpe, L & Wahidin, A (eds.) Research Ethics in Criminology and Criminal Justice: Politics, Dilemmas, Issues and Solutions. London: Routledge. pp.185-203

Israel, M (2017) Research Ethics and Integrity in Socio-Legal and Legal Research. In McConville, M & Chui, WH (eds) Research Methods for Law (2nd ed.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Israel, M (2016) A Short History of Coercive Practices: the Abuse of Consent in Research involving Prisoners and Prisons in the United States, in Adorjan, M and Ricciardelli, R (eds) Engaging with Ethics in International Criminological Research. London: Routledge. pp 69-86.

Israel, M, Allen, G & Thomson, C (2016) Australian Research Ethics Governance: Plotting the Demise of the Adversarial Culture. In van den Hoonaard, W & Hamilton, A (eds) The Ethics Rupture: Exploring Alternatives to Formal Research-Ethics Review. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. pp 285-316.

Israel, M & Drenth, PJD (2016) Research Integrity in Australia and the Netherlands. In Bretag, T (ed.) Handbook of Academic Integrity. Springer.

Israel, M & Hay, I (2011) Research Ethics in Criminology. In Gadd, D, Karstedt, S & Messner, S (eds) Sage Handbook of Criminological Research Methods. London: Sage.

Recent Other Publications

Israel, M, Poata Smith, B & Tolich, M (2016) The price of deceiving your future employees. Tertiary Update: Weekly News from The New Zealand Tertiary Education Union – Te Hautū Kahurangi O Aotearoa 2 March

Israel, M (2014) Will all the ethical social scientists please stand up? The Conversation (UK, US and Australia), 4 November.

Israel, M (2014) Fabricating and plagiarising: when researchers lie. The Conversation (Australia), 5 November

Israel, M (2014) Gerry Adams arrest: when is it right for academics to hand over information to the courts? The Conversation (UK and Australia), 6 May

Declaration Working Party and others (2013) New Brunswick Declaration: A Declaration on Research Ethics, Integrity and Governance from the 1st Ethics Rupture Summit, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.