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Associate Professor & Vice-Chancellor's Principal Research Fellow, RMIT University

Nicola Henry is Associate Professor and Vice-Chancellor's Principal Research Fellow in the Social and Global Studies Centre at RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia). She has over 20 years’ experience in research on sexual violence in both international and domestic criminal justice realms with a focus on post-conflict justice (war crimes trials, civil society tribunals), rape law reform, sexual assault on university campuses and technology-facilitated sexual violence. She is Chief Investigator (with Associate Professors Asher Flynn and Anastasia Powell; Professors Clare McGlynn, Erika Rackley and Nicola Gavey, and Dr Adrian Scott) on an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery project on image-based sexual abuse in Australia, New Zealand and the UK (2017-2020). She is also a Chief Investigator (with A/Prof Asher Flynn) on a Criminology Research Council grant examining bystander intervention and image-based sexual abuse (2019-20).

Previously, she was a Chief Investigator with A/Prof Anastasia Powell on an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery project that examined technology-facilitated sexual violence against adults (2013-16) and a Criminology Research Council grant that examined image-based sexual abuse in the Australian context (2016-17).

Nicola has published widely in the sexual violence field, including in international journals such as Gender & Society, Violence Against Women, Social & Legal Studies, the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Computers in Human Behavior, Trauma, Violence, and Abuse, and the International Journal of Transitional Justice. Her books include: War and Rape: Law, Memory and Justice (Routledge, 2011); Preventing Sexual Violence: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Overcoming a Rape Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014); Rape Justice: Beyond the Criminal Law (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015); and Sexual Violence in a Digital Age (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Legal Studies, La Trobe University


  • 2005 
    University of Melbourne, PhD