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Adjunct Associate Professor Angela Dwyer
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Criminology, Law, Sociology
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PhD (Queensland University of Technology)


policing experiences, queer LGBTIQ, young people, police liaisons, sexuality, youth, gender, young girls, fashion model, media

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr. Angela Dwyer is a sociologist and Senior Lecturer in the School of Justice, Faculty of Law, at the Queensland University of Technology. Since joining the School in 2007, Angela has been a recipient of five Vice Chancellor’s Performance Fund awards, three for excellence in teaching in 2007 and 2008, and two for excellence in research in 2010 and 2012. She has been awarded funding to: investigate LGBTI police liaison officers in QLD, NSW and WA; to evaluate crime prevention in PCYCs in QLD; to examine the criminal justice experiences of young people with intellectual disabilities; and to evaluate Neighbourhood Watch QLD. She was invited to be a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool in the School of Sociology and Social Policy in 2012. Her current research interests are focused on how lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender young people experience policing, and the broader impact of sexuality and gender diversity on criminal justice processes. Angela teaches in the areas of youth justice and professional skills. She is passionate about the pathologisation and demonisation of young people in the media and public culture, and her work seeks to overturn dominant thinking about young people as a social, criminal problem. Angela’s doctoral thesis, completed in 2006, was informed by this, and argued for rethinking the relationship between fashion models and young girls as a pedagogical relationship (where embodied knowledge is transmitted) rather than a pathological relationship.

Angela is currently the Undergraduate Director for the School of Justice. She developed a First Year Strategy for the School to further support students in their studies and established a mentor program for first year Justice students to ensure their transition to university work was supported. In the past, Angela has served as General Member of the The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Executive Committee for 2009-2010 and was Editor of the TASAWeb ( She has established a scholarship for Sociologists Outside Academe to maximise the participation of non-academic sociologists with TASA. Prior to this, she was the elected postgraduate member for this committee. As well as making issues of postgraduate members known to the committee, she has also convened three postgraduate workshops for the Annual TASA Conference. Angela is a fully-accredited supervisor and is available to supervise research in any of her current research areas and other areas of interest listed below.

Current Research

  • Sexualities, Policing, and Criminal Justice Experiences
  • Young People’s Experiences of Youth Justice
  • Sexualities, Schooling and Human Rights

Research Areas

  • Sexualities and Policing Experiences
  • Sexualities, Schooling and Human Rights
  • Sex and Crime
  • Youthful Identities, Criminality and Public Space
  • Young People and Popular Culture
  • Sociology of Deviance/Criminology
  • Qualitative Research Methodologies
This information has been contributed by Adjunct Associate Professor Angela Dwyer.


This information has been contributed by Adjunct Associate Professor Angela Dwyer.


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