Dr Kamarah Pooley

Completed PhD student
Dr Kamarah Pooley

Dr Kamarah Pooley’s PhD investigated Youth Justice Conferencing convened for young people who committed a fire-related offence in NSW. Her findings revealed that Youth Justice Conferencing with firefighter involvement contributed to a reduced risk of general recidivism while providing an avenue for delivering fire safety education to at-risk groups.

Kamarah presented her research findings at the CRC’s Research Forum in 2017, as well as a Three Minute Thesis at Research Driving Change – Showcase 2017. She was awarded an Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award for her research in 2018. Kamarah worked as a research assistant with the School of Justice at the Queensland University of Technology and then a senior research analyst with the Australian Institute of Criminology. She has been a senior firefighter with Fire and Rescue NSW since 2012, currently working with the Community Safety and Research Directorate to enhance community engagement for risk reduction.

"I feel very fortunate to have been supported by the CRC during my PhD candidature. I attended and presented at research forums and conferences around Australia, met some incredible people, accessed some very useful contacts, and made lifelong friends,” Kamarah said.

Her thesis is available here

Student project

Despite a growing body of knowledge surrounding the causes of youth misuse of fire, the prevention programs available within NSW are yet to undergo independent empirical evaluation. This project aims to fill this gap by measuring fire knowledge, fire behaviour, fire interest, perception of firefighters, and general behaviour in both youths and their primary care givers before and after participation in prevention programs. Comparisons will be made within groups and between groups to determine the effectiveness of each program, as well as each component of each program, in reducing fire-specific risk factors in youths. Findings have the potential to inform youth misuse of fire-related programs and policy development within NSW.
An evaluation of youth justice conferencing for youth misuse of fire
29 Jun 2017
This evaluation revealed that firefighter involvement in Youth Justice Conferencing:Facilitates the...
Kamarah Pooley Conference Poster 2016
12 Aug 2016
(How) do interagency agreements between juvenile justice and fire and rescue services facilitate...

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