Senior Research and ARC DECRA Fellow, Justice and Legal Studies, RMIT University

Dr Anastasia Powell is a Senior Research Fellow in Justice & Legal Studies at RMIT University, specialising in policy responses, legal reform and primary prevention of sexual and family violence against women. Anastasia has published widely in these fields, including four books, and has contributed to policy specific research on violence against women for the Victorian State and Australian Commonwealth Governments. Most recently Dr Powell was a recipient of a prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) exploring citizen participation in responses to crime and justice via social media, which reflects her recent research at the intersections of gender-based violence, technology, justice and digital culture. From 2013-2015, Dr Powell has been working as a Chief Investigator on an ARC Discovery Project (with Dr Nicola Henry), titled Technology-facilitated sexual violence and harassment: violence against women in cyberspace and the implications for legislative and policy reform. The project examined the ways in which technologies (including mobile phones, video recordings, online spaces, social media) are being used in connection with sexual violence and harassment against women. Currently, Dr Powell is also working on a Criminology Research Council funded project with colleagues from La Trobe (Dr Nicola Henry) and Monash Universities (Dr Asher Flynn) on an in depth study of the non-consensual distribution of intimate images (so-called 'revenge pornography').

Experience

  • 2013–present
    Lecturer, Justice and Legal Studies, RMIT University
  • 2016–2018
    Senior research fellow, RMIT University
  • 2008–2012
    Lecturer, Sociology, La Trobe University

Education

  • 2008 
    The University of Melbourne, PhD (Criminology)

Publications

  • 2017
    Digital Criminology: Crime and Justice in Digital Society [co-authored with Dr Robin Cameron and Dr Gregory Stratton], Routledge
  • 2017
    Sex, Violence and Justice in a Digital Era [co-authored with Dr Nicola Henry], Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2016
    ‘‘I think it’s rape and I think he would be found not guilty’: Focus group perceptions of (un)reasonable belief in consent in rape law’ [co-authored], Social & Legal Studies
  • 2016
    Policing Technology-Facilitated Sexual Violence Against Adult Victims: Police and Service Sector Perspectives [co-authored with Dr Nicola Henry], Policing & Society
  • 2016
    Sexual Violence in the Digital Age: The Scope and Limits of Criminal Law [co-authored with Dr Nicola Henry], Social & Legal Studies
  • 2016
    Technology-Facilitated Sexual Violence: A Literature Review of Empirical Research [co-authored with Dr Nicola Henry], Trauma, Violence & Abuse
  • 2016
    Written Response Interview Protocols: An innovative approach to confidential reporting and victim interviewing in sexual assault investigations [co-authored with Dr Georgina Heydon], Policing & Society
  • 2015
    Embodied Harms: Gender, Shame and Technology-facilitated Sexual Violence in Cyberspace [co-authored with Dr Nicola Henry], Violence Against Women
  • 2015
    Seeking Rape Justice: Formal and informal responses to sexual violence through technosocial counterpublics, Theoretical Criminology
  • 2015
    Improving the Law Reform Process: Opportunities for Empirical Qualitative Research? [co-authored], Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology
  • 2015
    Reforming the Legal Definition of Rape in Victoria: What Do Stakeholders Think? [co-authored], QUT Law Review
  • 2015
    Rape Justice: Beyond the Criminal Law, Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2014
    Blurred Lines? Responding to “Sexting” and Gender-based Violence Among Young People [co-authored with Dr Nicola Henry], Children Australia
  • 2014
    Preventing Sexual Violence: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Overcoming a Rape Culture, Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2013
    Meanings of “Sex” and “Consent”: the Impact of Rape Law Reform in Victoria, Australia [co-authored with Dr Nicola Henry, Dr Asher Flynn and Dr Emma Henderson], Griffith Law Review
  • 2011
    Domestic Violence: Australian Public Policy [co-authored with Dr Suellen Murray], Australian Scholarly Publishing
  • 2010
    Sex Power and Consent: Youth Culture and the Unwritten Rules, Cambridge University Press
  • 2010
    Configuring Consent: Emerging Technologies, Unauthorised Images and Sexual Assault, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology
  • 2009
    “What’s the Problem?” Australian Public Policy Constructions of Domestic and Family Violence, [co-authored with Dr Suellen Murray], Violence Against Women
  • 2008
    Children and Domestic Violence: Constructing a Policy Problem in Australia and New Zealand, [co-authored with Dr Suellen Murray], Social & Legal Studies
  • 2008
    Amor Fati? Gender Habitus and Young People’s Negotiation of (Hetero)Sexual Consent, Journal of Sociology
  • 2007
    For the Sake of the Children: Children, domestic violence and public policy, [co-authored with Dr Suellen Murray], Children Australia
  • 2007
    Youth ‘at risk’? Young people, sexual health and consent, Youth Studies Australia

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    Responding to Revenge Pornography: The Scope, Nature and Impact of Australian Criminal Laws
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Criminology Research Advisory Council, Australian Institute of Criminology
  • 2016
    Crime and Justice by Social Media
    Role:
    DECRA Fellow
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2013
    Technology Facilitated Sexual Violence and Harassment: Violence Against Women in Cyberspace
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Research Areas

  • Causes And Prevention Of Crime (160201)
  • Crime Policy (160504)
  • Gender Specific Studies (169901)
  • Sociology And Social Studies Of Science And Technology (160808)