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Associate Professor, Criminology and Justice Studies, RMIT University

Dr Anastasia Powell is Associate Professor in Criminology & Justice Studies at RMIT University, specialising in policy responses, legal reform and primary prevention of sexual and family violence against women. Dr Powell has published widely in these fields, including eight books, and has contributed to policy specific research on violence against women for the Victorian State and Australian Commonwealth Governments. Dr Powell holds national leadership roles both as a director of Our Watch, and as an expert member of the Domestic, Family & Sexual Violence Working Group of the National Women’s Safety Alliance (NWSA). Her recent research has examined technology-facilitated abuse and includes national projects funded by Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS) and the Criminology Research Council.

Experience

  • 2013–present
    Criminology & Justice Studies, RMIT University
  • 2008–2012
    Lecturer, Sociology, La Trobe University

Education

  • 2008 
    The University of Melbourne, PhD (Criminology)

Publications

  • 2021
    The Palgrave Handbook of Gendered Violence and Technology, Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2018
    Image-based Sexual Abuse, Routledge
  • 2018
    Digital Criminology: Crime and Justice in Digital Society, Routledge
  • 2017
    Sexual Violence in a Digital Age, Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2015
    Rape Justice: Beyond the Criminal Law, Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2014
    Preventing Sexual Violence: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Overcoming a Rape Culture, Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2011
    Domestic Violence: Australian Public Policy, Australian Scholarly Press
  • 2010
    Sex Power and Consent: Youth Culture and the Unwritten Rules, Cambridge University Press

Grants and Contracts

  • 2022
    Technology-Facilitated Sexual Harassment: Perpetration, Responses and Prevention
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    ANROWS
  • 2020
    Technology Facilitated Abuse
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    ANROWS
  • 2017
    Responding to cybercrime crime: Perceptions and needs of Australian police and the general community
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Criminology Research Advisory Council, Australian Institute of Criminology
  • 2017
    Revenge pornography: The prevalence and nature of non-consensual imagery, and the implications for law reform
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2016
    Crime and Justice by Social Media
    Role:
    DECRA Fellow
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 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
  • 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)