Currently, I am a Senior Research and ARC DECRA Fellow in Justice & Legal Studies at RMIT University. My research specialises in policy and prevention concerning violence against women, and lies at the intersections of gendered violence, justice and digital culture.
Most recently I have been awarded a prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) in Criminology, which examines citizen-led justice and participation in crime and justice debates via social media. I am also co-Investigator on an Australian Criminology Research Council Grant: Responding to Revenge Pornography: The Scope, Nature and Impact of Australian Criminal Laws. My role on this project is to lead a quantitative component comprising Australia’s first national survey investigating the prevalence, nature and impacts of image-based sexual abuses.
Previously, I have been awarded an ARC Discovery Grant to investigate technology-facilitated sexual violence and harassment (with Dr Nicola Henry, 2013 to 2015). I have also recently authored a report commissioned by VicHealth on supporting bystander action to prevent violence against women, titled ‘More than Ready‘.
My first book ‘Sex, Power and Consent: Youth Culture and the Unwritten Rules’ which discusses young people’s negotiations of sexual consent is available from Cambridge University Press. A second book, ‘Domestic Violence: Australian Public Policy’ (co-authored with Dr Suellen Murray) is available from Australian Scholarly Publishing. I have also published in leading national and international journals including in Journal of Sociology, Youth Studies Australia, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, Violence Against Women and Social & Legal Studies.
Please visit my publications page for a complete list.