The Restorative Justice Research Community (RJRC) is an interdisciplinary academic community where researchers and scholars find collaboration, support, and inspiration. Our initiatives, 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.


The RJRC was established in 2022. Administrative management of the RJRC is housed within the University of Vermont's Justice Research Initiative. 


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.