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Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Swinburne University of Technology

Dr Rachael Burgin is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the Swinburne Law School in Melbourne. Australia. She was awarded her PhD in Criminology from Monash University in 2019. Her research explores the ways that affirmative consent has been adopted into law and translated into legal practice in rape trials across Australia. She's passionate about reforming rape law to better protect victim-survivors from re-traumatisation within criminal justice mechanisms, and to improve the preventative and educative functions of the law.


  • 2020–present
    Lecturer, Swinburne Law School
  • 2019–2019
    Senior Research Associate, Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS)
  • 2017–2018
    Research Associate, Monash University


  • 2019 
    Monash University, Doctor of Philosophy


  • 2019
    Women's Behavior as Implied Consent: Male "Reasonableness" in Australian Rape Law, Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • 2019
    Persistent Narratives of Force and Resistance: Affirmative Consent as Law Reform, British Journal of Criminology