Professor in School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University

Professor Judith Bessant is currently a researcher at RMIT University. She has published some 20 books, many book chapters and refereed journal articles. She has also held a number of ARC Discovery and Linkage grants.

Judith is undertaking research for two books: Democracy Bytes: Young People, New Media and New Politics; and a second book with co-author Rob Watts, Good Practice and the Social Sciences. She is also researching the criminalisation of political activities, education and social policy.

Judith’s work includes editorial work for academic journals. She has held a variety of leadership positions in the university and community sector. This includes university governance bodies such as research committees, university Senates and Council, and has chaired various university-wide research and teaching committees. She has also acted in an advisory and management capacity for numerous non-government organisations and national and international governments. Judith also regularly writes submissions and acts as an expert witness for government inquiries.


  • –present
    Professor, RMIT


    LaTrobe university, PhD