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Senior Lecturer Faculty of Law, School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology

Dr Erin O’Brien is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Justice, Faculty of Law, at the Queensland University of Technology, where she teaches and researches in the areas of politics and social justice.

Dr O’Brien is the lead author of 'The Politics of Sex Trafficking: a moral geography' and co-editor of 'Crime, Justice and Social Democracy: international perspectives'. She has a wide variety of research interests including:

• human trafficking policy and discourse
• sex work and the sex industry
• campaigning and lobbying tactics of political interest groups
• religion and politics
• disability and politics
• political protest, civil disobedience and domestic terrorism


  • 2010–present
    Lecturer, School of Justice, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology


  • 2010 
    University of Queensland, PhD (Political Science)
  • 2007 
    University of Durham, MA (Social Policy)
  • 2002 
    University of Queensland, BA Honours (International Relations)

Research Areas

  • Political Science (1606)
  • Criminology (1602)