Our Members


Dr Lisa Harris – is a lecturer in the Master of Public Policy and researches domestic violence, the relationship between policy and practice and the provision of human services.

Dr Georgina Heydon – is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Global Research and researches gender as it relates to conflict, development and governance.

Dr Anastasia Powell – is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Applied Social Research (CASR) and Justice & Legal Studies. Dr Powell researches sexual and domestic violence, policy and law reform, primary prevention, social media, justice and digital culture.


Dr Sharon Andrews – is a lecturer in Policy, Practice & Social Innovation. Sharon’s research has included commissioned reports in human services including in family violence casework and support provision.

Dr Robin Cameron – is a lecturer in Justice & Legal Studies, and Program Manager of the Bachelor of Criminal Justice. Robin’s current research focuses on masculinity and extremist violence in urban and online spaces, and the effects on community resilience.

Ms Christine Craik – is a lecturer in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies. Craik’s research areas focus on women, children and domestic violence. She also works weekends and after-hours as a crisis worker in the trauma team at the Alfred Hospital.

Dr Susie Costello – teaches social work from a background of social work practice and management in a range of government and non government welfare organisations. Susie’s research includes male violence to women, indigenous homelessness, family services training and supervision. Her research is informed by her work experience with diverse families experiencing violence, child abuse and neglect, mental health and substance abuse.

Dr Kathryn Daley – lecturer in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies. Her research focuses on gender, young people, chronic disadvantage, drug use, self-injury, practice development and research ethics. In 2013, Kathryn coordinated the Statewide Youth Needs Census (SYNC), the first census of young people accessing AOD services in Victoria. She also developed training modules for the Youth AOD Toolbox and authored material for the newly established, Youth, Drugs and Alcohol Advice service.

Dr Kate Driscoll – teaches in the Master of Public Policy in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies. Kate has completed PhD research on political cartoons and refugee policy and is currently undertaking research into domestic violence coronial recommendations.

Dr Kathy Edwards – is a Senior lecturer in the Youth Work Program within the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies. Dr Edwards research has focused on political socialisation, young people and multiple aspects of participation, social inclusion and youth policy, as well as on women, prostitution and sex-trafficking.

Dr Emily Gray – lecturer in Education Studies at RMIT’s School of Education. Emily is particularly interested in questions of gender and sexuality and with how understandings these identity categories are lived by individuals and experienced within social institutions. Her key research interests therefore lie with questions related to gender, social justice, student and teacher identity work within educational policy and practice and with wider social justice issues within educational discourse and practice.

Dr Damian Grenfell – is the Director of the Centre for Global Research and a Research Advisor on the Nabilan Ending Violence Against Women Program in Timor-Leste. He has been researching in Timor-Leste since 2003 and is a Manager of the Timor-Leste Research Program at the Centre for Global Research.

Dr Gemma Hamilton – is a postdoctoral Research Officer for GeVARA and sessional lecturer in Justice & Legal Studies. Gemma’s recent research has applied a gendered and intersectional lens to examine the inequalities that culturally and linguistically diverse women face when seeking help for intimate partner or broader family violence. Other research has examined gendered inequalities that face Australian women in the criminal justice system after reporting a sexual offence.

Dr Nicola Henry – is Vice Chancellor’s Principal Research Fellow in the Centre for Global Research. Nicola is a leading scholar in technology facilitated sexual violence and harassment, including image-based abuse.

Dr Marg Liddell – is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies. Dr Liddell’s researches in the areas of child protection, issues facing young people in the juvenile justice system, women and justice.  

Ms Ruth Liston – is an associate lecturer in Justice & Legal Studies. Ruth’s research and teaching has specialised in crime prevention, violence against women, juvenile justice, and the politics of participation in public space. Her current research involves a pilot and evaluation of ‘Bringing in the Bystander’ in tertiary settings.

Dr Glenda Mejia – is a Senior Lecturer in Languages with the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies. Dr Mejia’s work focuses on Spanish language acquisition, Spanish speakers in the classroom, Latin American Screen Culture and Spanish speaking immigrants in Australia.

Assoc Prof Suellen Murray – is currently the Deputy Dean of Research and Innovation in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies. Assoc. Prof. Murray’s areas of research expertise include the history of domestic violence services and social policy concerning domestic violence.

Dr Caroline Norma – lectures in the Master of Translating and Interpreting degree in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies. Dr Norma researches gender-related problems arising in the professional practice of interpreters working for migrant women accessing sexual assault, domestic violence, trafficking and child protection services in Victoria.

Dr Kaye Quek – is an associate lecturer in Global Studies in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies. Dr Quek’s research examines gendered abuses of human rights, particularly in the context of harmful marriage practices, domestic violence, and human trafficking.

Dr Larissa Sandy – is an anthropologist whose work focuses on gender, sexuality and culture in Southeast Asia. She is a lecturer in Justice and Legal Studies, and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Criminology as part of the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.

Dr Ceridwen Spark – researches gender, culture and social change in the School of Global,Urban and Social Studies. Dr Spark has conducted projects on Indigenous place-making, intercountry adoption, gender and education, gender and leadership, transnationalism in the Pacific and community and belonging in Melbourne.

Professor Stuart Thomas – Director of the Centre for Applied Social Research and Professor in Justice and Legal Studies. Stuart specialises in mental health epidemiology. His background is in psychology and law; he completed his PhD in Health Services Research specialising in Forensic Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. Stuart’s research interests span police contact with vulnerable and otherwise marginalised populations (including people experiencing mental illness, people with intellectual disability, youth), mental health stigma, missing persons, police decision-making, police use of force and outcome measurement.