Personal details

Professor Belinda Carpenter
Associate Dean, Research
Faculty of Law,
Research (Law),
Research Centre (Law)
Faculty of Law,
School of Justice
Discipline *
Criminology, Law
+61 7 3138 7111
+61 7 3138 1161
View location details (QUT staff and student access only)
Identifiers and profiles
ORCID iD Twitter LinkedIn

PhD (Griffith University), BHMS(Hons) (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
and associations

Dr Belinda Carpenter is Professor and Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of Law at QUT.


autopsy, coronial system, death investigation, legal decision making, suicide determination, ACHLR, CJSDRC

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


Background Professor Belinda Carpenter is currently Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Law  and has held this position since 2015.  Prior to this, Belinda served two terms as Head of School of Justice (2003-2005 and 2008-2009) and in 2012, Belinda became the inaugural Director of the Crime and Justice Research Centre, and Assistant Editor of the Journal Crime, Justice and Social Democracy  

Belinda has two areas of Research strength: sex crimes and death investigation.  Belinda published her first book on prostitution, Rethinking prostitution: feminism, sex and the self,  in 2000.  While maintaining an interest in this area through publications and higher degree research supervision, she has also used this theoretical work to investigate the issue of violent offending women, sex crimes and trafficking. Following this theme, in 2011 she published Sex Crime and Morality (Routledge), in 2012 she published Justice in Society (Federation)  , and in 2013 she published Sex Trafficking: a moral geography (Palgrave).

Belinda’s other area of research expertise is death investigation. In 2005 she gained an ARC Linkage grant with the Departments of Health and Justice and Attorney General to investigate the decision-making of coroners under the new Coroners Act (2003).  Belinda gained a further ARC Linkage   in 2010, with the Depts of Health, Police and Attorney General, to explore the ways in which coronial staff engaged with religious and cultural difference.  In 2015 she gained an ARC Discovery Grant to explore the coronial determination of suicide.  Findings from this body of work include: high quality international publications, an e-resource for families, and training seminars to coronial professionals.

Research interests

  • Coroners Systems
  • Death Investigations
  • Suicide
  • Autopsy
  • Prostitution and Sex Trafficking
  • Violent Offending Women
This information has been contributed by Professor Belinda Carpenter.





This information has been contributed by Professor Belinda Carpenter.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Investigating the Coronial Determination of Suicide as a Category of Death
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
suicide; coroner; criminological theory
Managing Family Objection to Autopsy: A Case Study of the Queensland Coronial System
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Coroner; Religion; Autopsy; Indigenous; Police
Establishing Guidelines for Coronial Best Practice Use of Internal Autopsy
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Autopsy; death; Coroner; forensic pathology; criminal investigation;


  • Belinda would welcome supervision in the areas of death investigation, sex work and sex trafficking.

Current supervisions

  • Examine how negative perceptions impact on the experiences of children in immigration detention within the Australian context.
    PhD, Mentoring Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Helen Berents, Dr Erin O'Brien
  • Secondary victimisation in cases of clergy perpetrated child sexual abuse in Australia
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Jodi Death
  • This project will conduct research into wrongful convictions by analysing Queensland criminal appeal decisions. The work will examine both the incidence and causative factors of such successful appeals before critically examining the institutional constructs which allowed the erroneous convictions to initially occur and discuss whether there are sufficient safeguards and legislative avenues of correction available for the annulling of such wrongful convictions
    MPhil, Mentoring Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Nigel Stobbs, Mr Andrew Garwood-Gowers

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)