Mateja is a criminologist and researcher in the graduate program at Griffith University, Australia currently completing doctoral research into the implementation of crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED). Mateja is certified in SafeGrowth® program and has co-taught SafeGrowth® workshops in Australia, New Zealand and across the United States. She has studied criminal justice issues in Europe and Australia for the past 8 years. She worked in the Constitutional Court in Slovenia and has extensive computer and analytical skills including database management and geographic information systems. She is an active member and director of the International CPTED Association.