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Nicole Shackleton

Lecturer, Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT University

Nicole Shackleton is a socio-legal researcher focused on gender and sex, technology and regulation. Using qualitative empirical research, Dr Shackleton explores how gender and technology interact, and consequently how technologies may be regulated to reduce abuse and harassment. Her research aims to inform law reform to prevent online abuse, and the regulation of technology companies.


  • 2024–present
    Lecturer, RMIT University
  • 2017–2023
    PhD Candidate, La Trobe University
  • 2016–2023
    Tutor, La Trobe University
  • 2015–2023
    Research officer, La Trobe University


  • 2023 
    La Trobe University, PhD (Law)
  • 2017 
    Australian National University, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
  • 2015 
    La Trobe University, LLB (Hons)/BIntRel
  • 2015 
    La Trobe University, Diploma of Languages (Spanish)


  • 2023
    Rethinking Risk in Adults’ Engagement with Sexual Digital Imagery, Sexuality Research and Social Policy
  • 2023
    The risks and benefits of technologised sexual practice scale: a quantitative measure of technology facilitated sex and intimacy, Sexual Health
  • 2023
    Regulating tech-sex and managing image-based sexual abuse: an Australian perspective, Information and Communications Technology Law
  • 2022
    Traversing TechSex: Benefits and risks in digitally mediated sex and relationships, Sexual Health
  • 2018
    Harming Women with Words: The Failure of Australian Law to Prohibit Gendered Hate Speech, University of New South Wales Law Journal
  • 2017
    Reformative and Rehabilitative Programs for Prisoners with Cognitive Impairments: Australia's International Obligations, Alternative Law Journal
  • 2016
    Minority Rights and Advocacy for Incarcerated Indigneous Australians: The Impact of Article 27 of the ICCPR, Alternative Law Journal