Dr Juan Marcellus Tauri

Juan Tauri Photo


Qualifications: PhD, Mphil
Phone:  02 42214857






Juan Tauri is a lecturer in the School of Health and Society, where he teaches subjects in criminology. He has carried out qualitative research on a range of criminological and sociological issues, including critical analysis of state policy-making and its impact on Indigenous peoples in settler-colonial societies, Indigenous experiences of family violence, the globalisation of crime control policy, in particular restorative justice interventions, and the development of Indigenous responses to social harm.

Juan has significant experience in the development of social and crime control policy, having spent tens years working in the policy sector of New Zealand government from 1999 to 2009. During that time he worked at the Ministry of Maori Development, the Department of Corrections and the Ministry of Social Development. From this time in government he gained experience of the development of policy, project management, and the development and completion of a range of research projects.

Juan has a BA Honours (1st class) in Sociology from Victoria University of Wellington and a Masters in Criminology from Cambridge University (England), and recently completed his PhD through the Indigenous Studies Unit, Faculty of Law, Humanities and Arts at the University of Wollongong.



  • HAS232 Crime and Delinquency



  • Indigenous justice
  • Globalisation of crime control
  • Critical theory
  • Youth justice and youth gangs
  • Emancipatory research ethics and methods.




  1. Cunneen, C and Tauri, J (2016) Indigenous Criminology. Bristol: Policy Press.

Peer reviewed journal articles and commentaries

  1. Moyle, P and Tauri, J (2016) Maori, Family Group Conferencing and the Mystifications of Restorative Justice, Victims and Offenders, Special Issue: The Future of Restorative Justice? Online.
  2. Tauri, J (2015) ‘Beware Justice Advocates Bearing Gifts’: A Commentary on the Glorification of Family Group Conferencing, New Zealand Sociology, 30(1): 183-190.
  3. Tauri, J (2014) Criminal Justice as a Colonial Project in Settler-Colonialism, African Journal of Criminology and Justice Studies, 8(1): 20-37.
  4. Tauri, J (2014) An Indigenous, Critical Commentary on the Globalisation of Restorative Justice, British Journal of Community Justice, 12(2): 35-55.
  5. Tauri, J (2014) Resisting Condescending Research Ethics in Aotearoa/New Zealand, AlterNative, 10(2): online.
  6. Roguski, M and Tauri, J (2013) Key Issues Effecting Field Researcher Safety: A Reflexive Commentary, New Zealand Sociology, 28(1): 18-35.
  7. Tauri, J and Webb, R (2012) A Critical Appraisal of Responses to Maori Crime, The International Indigenous Policy Journal, 3(4), online.
  8. Tauri, J and Webb, R (2011) The Waitangi Tribunal and the Regulation of Maori Protest, New Zealand Sociology, 26: 21-41.
  9. Tauri J (2009) An Indigenous Commentary on the Standardisation of Restorative Justice, Indigenous Policy Journal, 20(3), online.
  10. Tauri, J (2009) Commentary on the Colloquium on Maori and the Criminal Justice System, Napier, 26-28 November, New Zealand Sociology, 24(1): 133-138.
  11. Tauri, J (2009) The Maori Social Science Academy and Evidence-based Policy, MAI Review, 1: 1-11.
  12. Tauri, J (1999) Empowering Maori or Biculturalising the State? Explaining Recent Innovations in New Zealand’s Criminal Justice System, The Australian, New Zealand Journal of Criminology, winter: 153-167.
  13. Tauri, J (1999) Family Group Conferencing and the Myth of Indigenous Empowerment in New Zealand, Justice as Healing, 4(1), online.
  14. Tauri, J (1998) Family Group Conferencing: A Case-Study of the Indigenisation of New Zealand’s Justice System, Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 10(2): 168-182.
  15. Tauri, J (1998) Bodybuilding and Male Identity, in Sociology Department Occasional Papers. Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington.
  16. Tauri, J and Morris, A (1997) Re-Forming Justice: The Potential of Maori Processes, in Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 30(2): 149-167.

Peer review book chapters

  1. Tauri, J (2012) Indigenous Critique of Authoritarian Criminology, in K. Carrington; M. Ball; E. O’Brien and Juan Tauri (eds.), Crime, Justice and Social Democracy: International Perspectives. London: Palgrave Macmillan: 217-233.
  2. Tauri, J (2011) Indigenous Perspectives (reconfigured chapter), in R. Walters and T. Bradley (eds.), Introduction to Criminological Thought (2nd ed.). Auckland: Pearson Longman: 129-145.
  3. Bradley, T; Tauri, J and Walters, R (2006) Demythologising Youth Justice in Aotearoa/New Zealand, in J. Muncie and B. Goldson (eds.), Comparative Youth Justice: Critical Issues. London: Sage: 79-95.
  4. Tauri, J (2005) Indigenous Perspectives, in R. Walters and T. Bradley (eds), Introduction to Criminological Thought. Auckland: Pearson Longman: 79-95.
  5. Tauri, J (1996) Indigenous Justice or Popular Justice? Issues in the Development of a Maori Criminal Justice System, in Nga Patai: Ethnic Relations and Racism in Aotearoa/New Zealand, P. Spoonley, D. Pearson and C. Macpherson (eds.). Palmerston North: The Dunmore Press: 202-216.
  6. Tauri, J and Morris, A (1995) Maori Justice: Possibilities and Pitfalls, in F. McElrea (ed.), Re-Thinking Criminal Justice (vol 1): Justice and the Community. Auckland: Legal Research Foundation: 41-48.

Peer reviewed conference proceedings

  1. Carrington, K; Dwyer, A; Richards, K; Tauri, J and Bessant, J (2013) Re-imagining Youth Justice, Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference (vol 1). Brisbane: Queensland University of Technology, School of Justice: 19-24.
  2. Tauri, J (2013) Criminological Research and Institutional Ethics Protocols: Empowering the Indigenous Other of the Academy? Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference (vol 1). Brisbane: Queensland University of Technology, School of Justice: 202-210.
  3. Tauri, J and Roguski, M (2012) The Politics of Gang Research in New Zealand, in Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Proceedings of the 1st International Conference (vol. 2). Brisbane: Queensland University of Technology, School of Justice: 26-44.
  4. Tauri, J (2004) Key Issues in the Development of Government Agency Guidelines for Research and Evaluation with Maori, in Australasian Evaluation Society International Conference Proceedings. Adelaide: Australasian Evaluation Society, online.
  5. Tauri, J (1999) Critiquing Government Initiatives to Alleviate the ‘Maori Over-Representation Problem’, Maori and the Criminal Justice System: Ten Years On, Conference Proceedings. Wellington: Nga Kaiwhakamarama I Nga Ture (Maori Legal Services): 1-8.


Last reviewed: 14 September, 2016