The Restorative Justice Research Community (RJRC) is an interdisciplinary academic home where researchers and scholars find collaboration, support, and inspiration. Our programs, events, and resources foster connections and creativity to shape the future of restorative justice research. 

RJRC believes restorative justice is a distinct philosophy and approach to cultivating community and addressing harm and systemic injustices. The values of restorative justice drive everything we do, from how we undertake and disseminate research to how we engage and communicate with each other.

RJRC is a place for research to drive real-world change, improve outcomes, and promote equity and justice.


RJRC is an interdisciplinary community committed to supporting and connecting restorative justice researchers and scholars.



RJRC advances the understanding and effectiveness of restorative justice nationally and internationally by supporting (1) the production and dissemination of high-quality research, (2) the advancement of restorative research methods, and (3) the next generation of restorative justice researchers and scholars. 


The framework of the RJRC is intended to provide a platform for advancing and sustaining restorative justice research. Our programs, events and resources combine synergistically to achieve four aims.

  • Serve as an academic multidisciplinary research community for restorative justice researchers with attention to mentorship, national and international collaboration, and visiting scholars.

  • Support a resource center to ground an informed research agenda and for compiling, summarizing and assessing knowledge about restorative justice research and related topics.

  • Expand knowledge and application of rigorous research methodologies that embody restorative justice values such as community-engaged research, mixed-methods, implementation science, and other pragmatic approaches. 

  • Advance equity in the research process with attention to access, context, social impact/accountability and diverse perspectives.


RJRC is supported by a Steering Committee of academic scholars who are responsible for the strategic management of the community.  The steering committee convenes a Stakeholder Advisory Group with representatives from practitioner organizations, advocacy groups, policy makers, researchers, and individuals with lived experience in this area, to discuss RJRC activities and advise on how to proceed in a manner that responds to real-world needs. Administrative management of the RJRC is housed within the University of Vermont’s Justice Research Initiative.


Funding to support the RJRC is provided by the National Center on Restorative Justice (NCORJ) Grants No. 2020-MU-CX-K001 and 15PBJA-20-GK-00035-NCRJ, awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The NCORJ is a partnership between the Vermont Law School, the University of Vermont, the University of San Diego Center for Restorative Justice, and the U.S. Office of Justice Programs. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view, images, or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.