Scientia Fellow, UNSW Law, UNSW

Amanda Porter is a Scientia Fellow, ARC DECRA Fellow and co-convenor of the Police Powers Clinic at UNSW Law. Her work examines the violence of policing, with a particular focus on deaths in custody, unrecorded deaths, premature deaths and near misses. She is a proud descendant (through her mother's family) of the Brinja clan of the Yuin nation in south coast New South Wales.

Before joining UNSW Law, Amanda was a Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Senior Researcher at Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research at the University of Technology Sydney. She has held fellowships at Harvard Law School, the International Institute for the Sociology of Law, the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University and the Centre for Criminology at Oxford University. Amanda currently serves as a member of the editorial board for the journals: Current Issues in Criminal Justice, the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, Ngiya: Talk the Law and the Journal of Indigenous Policy.

Artwork credit: HJ Wedge (2001) 'Police'.


  • 2018–present
    Scientia fellow and DECRA fellow, Faculty of Law, UNSW
  • 2014–2018
    Chancellor's postdoctoral fellow, Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research, UTS
  • 2010–2011
    Adjunct lecturer, Sydney Law School, University of Sydney


  • 2014 
    University of Sydney, PhD
  • 2009 
    University of Sydney, BA/LLB (Hons 1)