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Dr Terry Goldsworthy

Associate Professor

Level 4, Building 1a, Faculty of Society & Design, Bond University

Professional biography

Dr. Terry Goldsworthy has over 28 years policing experience in Australia as a Detective Inspector. He has served in general duties, watchhouse and as a motorcycle officer before moving to the Criminal Investigation Branch in 1994. He spent eight years as a Detective Senior Sergeant on the Gold Coast in charge of the CIB at Burleigh Heads before moving to the Legal and Policy Unit at Ethical Standard Command. Dr. Goldsworthy has completed a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Laws, Advanced Diploma of Investigative Practice and a Diploma of Policing. As a result of his law studies Dr. Goldsworthy was admitted to the bar in the Queensland and Federal Courts as a barrister in 1999. Dr. Goldsworthy then completed a Master of Criminology at Bond University. He later completed his PhD focusing on the concept of evil and its relevance from a criminological and sociological viewpoint. In particular Dr. Goldsworthy looked at the link between evil and armed conflicts using the Waffen-SS as a case study. Dr. Goldsworthy has recently published his first book titled Valhalla’s Warriors, which examines the genocidal actions of the SS in Russia during World War II. He has also contributed a chapters to the tertiary textbooks, Serial Crime and Forensic Criminology, published by Academic Press. He contributed a number of articles to the Australian Police Journal.

Teaching awards

  • 2010 HSS Excellence in teaching and learning award
  • 2013 Nominated for the FSD teaching and learning award

Professional admissions

  • Member of the Qld Bar
  • Admitted as a Barrister in the Qld and Federal Courts


  • Bachelor of Laws Bond University
  • Bachelor of Commerce Griffith University
  • Doctor of Philosophy Bond University
  • Master of Criminology Bond University
  • Advanced Diploma of Investigative Practice QPS
  • Diploma of Policing QPS