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 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
  • 2008–2012
    Lecturer, Sociology, La Trobe University

Education

  • 2008 
    The University of Melbourne, PhD (Criminology)

Publications

  • 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
    Youth ‘at risk’? Young people, sexual health and consent, Youth Studies Australia
  • 2007
    For the Sake of the Children: Children, domestic violence and public policy, [co-authored with Dr Suellen Murray], Children Australia

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    Technology Facilitated Sexual Violence and Harassment: Violence Against Women in Cyberspace
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2012
    More than Ready: Bystander Action to Prevent Violence Against Women
    Role:
    Lead Author
    Funding Source:
    Victorian Health Promotion Foundation
  • 2012
    Preventing Violence Against Women in the Workplace
    Role:
    Contributing Author
    Funding Source:
    Victorian Health Promotion Foundation
  • 2011
    Review of Bystander Approaches in Support of Preventing Violence Against Women
    Role:
    Lead Author
    Funding Source:
    Victorian Health Promotion Foundation
  • 2010
    Alcohol and Interpersonal Violence
    Role:
    Contributing Author
    Funding Source:
    Victorian Health Promotion Foundation

Research Areas

  • Causes And Prevention Of Crime (160201)
  • Crime Policy (160504)
  • Gender Specific Studies (169901)
  • Sociology And Social Studies Of Science And Technology (160808)
  • Social Policy (160512)