Professor Anna Stewart is a former Head, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University and founder and the co-Program Leader of Justice Modelling at Griffith (JMAG). In 2007-2008 she was the Deputy Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
The mission of JMAG is to enhance the planning and decision making capabilities of justice agencies by applying a broad range of modelling technologies to crime control and crime prevention issues; and by providing advanced research and analytical techniques to facilitate the interpretation of organisational information systems. JMAG draws on the expertise of a multi-disciplinary team including including computer science, mathematics, engineering, psychology, law as well as criminology. JMAG has been responsible for the delivery of over 25 reports to government.
Professor Stewart received her PhD from University of Queensland in 1994 for her thesis that investigated decision making by child protection workers. Since this time she has been interested in the research uses of government administrative data. Using these data she has examined the longitudinal contacts individuals have with child protection, youth justice, adult criminal justice system, system responses to youth offending and domestic violence, management of risk, diversionary responses and system modelling.
She has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications, government reports and non peer reviewed publications. She has been involved in partnerships that have obtained over 4 million dollars in National Competitive Funding, consultancies and other government research funding.