Tom Noakes-Duncan

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Lecturer – Restorative Justice Programme School of Government


  • Dip Eng. (Civil), (Unitec Institute of Technology), 2006
  • BTh (Otago University), 2010
  • PhD (Otago University), 2016

Research interests

  • Restorative Justice and Practice
  • Reintegration and Prisons
  • Neurodiversity and Autism Studies


Dr. Tom Noakes-Duncan is a Lecturer with the Diana Unwin Chair in Restorative Justice, part of the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington. With a background in theological ethics, his PhD is from the University of Otago published under the title, ‘Communities of Restoration: Ecclesial Ethics and Restorative Justice’ (Bloomsbury/ T&T Clark, 2017). Tom’s doctoral research highlighted the vital role that communities have in promoting and grounding the restorative justice vision. He has worked on numerous projects related to restorative justice, from in-prison restorative justice applications, youth justice residences, to Māori and restorative justice approaches to prisons and reintegration. More recently, he is exploring how the neurodiverse population experience exclusionary and restorative approaches in resolving their justice needs.

Recent publications

  • Communities of Restoration: Ecclesial Ethics and Restorative Justice. Bloomsbury/ T&T Clark (2017).
  • ‘Barrington, Burton and The Challenges of Christian Pacifism in New Zealand.’ In Pursuing Peace in Godzone (VUP, 2018)
  • ‘Afterword’ in Chris Marshall, All Things Reconciled (Cascade, 2018).
  • ‘The Emergence of Restorative Justice in Ecclesial Practice.’ Journal of Moral Theology 5 (2) (2016): 1-23.
  • (2015) ‘Restorative Justice in Prison: A Literature Review.’ Occasional Papers in Restorative Justice Practice 4, Diana Unwin Chair in Restorative Justice.