Jane Anderson

Dr, DipTh UNDA, Grad Dip Sp Dir ACAS, BA Curtin, BA Hons, PhD

  • The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 19 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
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Personal profile


Jane Anderson is a social anthropologist and Honorary Research Fellow at University of Western Australia. Her research has focused on key issues in the Roman Catholic Church. In recent years, her attention has been focused on restorative justice and its practice in relation to the criminal justice system.
Her doctoral thesis, undertaken at Curtin University and awarded in 2004, was a study of celibacy and sexual intimacy in the Roman Catholic priesthood. She has since written on issues of gender and sexuality in the context of Catholicism, as well as the political conflict experienced at the parish level. In 2010 she was awarded a postdoctoral research fellowship to study how an international progressive religious movement in the Roman Catholic Church is attempting to reconcile religious conviction and reason. She then focused on comprehending and rehabilitating clergy offenders of child sexual abuse and examined how the socialisation processes of the clergy community contributes to a vulnerability in some clergy for sexually abusing children. Her studies have prompted her current focus on restorative justice. She is now a scholar-facilitator of an inprison restorative justice program, the Sycamore Tree Project. She brings together victims and unrelated offenders to discuss and address the harm of crime. Her current research plan has its goal in investigating restorative justice and developing related practices for specific categorical groups. Her community interest is in promoting restorative justice as a complement to current criminal justice practices.

Roles and responsibilities

Jane has considerable expertise in the fields of Roman Catholicism and its various conflicts, progressive religion, the relationship between Church and State, and clergy sex offenders.

As a scholar/practitioner of the Sycamore Tree Project, an inprison restorative justice program, she is also developing expertise in this field.

Jane is a qualified Spiritual Director. This 'expertise' contributes to her capacity to maintain links with progressive religion and give consideration to the development of the human condition in the 21st century; the latter which has significance for inprison restorative justice programming.

Future research

Jane recognises that the potential for investigating and developing research around restorative justice and its practices is immense. She hopes to launch or become involved in developing and delivering RJ programs for specific categorical groups in the prison system and local communities. Such development will require accompanying and substantial thinking and writing.

Funding overview

She is currently self-funded, but would welcome funding support for her studies and practice of restorative justice.

Previous positions

Jane was a farmer for 11 years. While completing her studies, she took up the position of Director of Catholic Missions.
Jane has long - decades! - been an active member of various community organisations.

Current projects

Jane is currently working on the following articles and projects:
1) Challenging Conventional Perceptions of the Methamphetamine User: From Individuation to Relationship Oriented
2)Supply and Selection of Crime Survivor Participants for Inprison Restorative Justice Programming.
Additionally, Jane and members of the local Aboriginal community are designing an Aboriginal Inprison Restorative Justice Program.

Industrial relevance

Jane is creating linkages with key leaders with the view of introducing the potential of restorative justice practices for the criminal justice system. To assist with making and maintaining these connections she has written a series of 'political briefs' on pressing issues. These include,
Mandatory Sentencing for Meth: Will Tougher Sentencing Laws Really Make our Community Safer?
Shifting from Getting Tough on Crime to Getting Smart About Crime
Comparing Punitive Justice and Restorative Justice in the Prison Context
Summary of Drug Policy and Innovation in Australia and Globally
InPrison Restorative Justice Initiatives and Methamphetamine
She has also reviewed research on children of prisoners.
Jane regularly addresses community organisations on the topics of Restorative Justice, the Sycamore Tree Project, and the "Forgotten" Children of Prisoners.


Jane has published extensively on significant issues in the Roman Catholic Church. Most notably, Priests in Love: Roman Catholic Clergy and Their Intimate Relationships (Continuum, 2005); Souled Out: Power and Protest in the Catholic Church (2012); Innovative Catholicism and the Human Condition (2016).
Jane recognises these works to be commentaries on the contemporary social situation. Thus, these inform her current writings on restorative justice. Her interests in this field include
# understanding inprison restorative justice programming
# investigating the benefits of restorative justice for victims and offenders who have been harmed by illicit drugs and methamphetamine
# exploring the relationship between restorative justice and reintegration
# considering how restorative justice practice can be developed and expanded.


  • Religion
  • Catholicism
  • Sexuality and gender

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Projects 2010 2018

Research Output 2002 2018

  • 19 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 12 Article
  • 4 Book
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Other chapter contribution
correctional institution

Challenging the Folk Model of the Methamphetamine User

Anderson, J. E., 15 May 2018, (Submitted) In : Journal of Drug Issues. 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Foster Home Care
Social Welfare
basic need
participant observation
correctional institution

Innovative Catholicism and the Human Condition

Anderson, J. E., 2016, New York: Routledge. 197 p. (Routledge Studies in Religion)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Socialization Processes and Clergy Offenders

Anderson, J., 16 Nov 2016, In : Journal of Child Sexual Abuse. 25, 8, p. 846-865 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sexual Child Abuse