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Dr Bridget Harris
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Law,
School of Justice
Discipline *
Criminology, Law
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PhD in Criminology (Monash University)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • American Society of Criminology
  • Asian Society of Criminology
  • Australia and New Zealand Society of Criminology
  • British Society of Criminology
  • European Society of Criminology
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association
  • Surveillance Studies Network
  • Friend of the National Rural Law and Justice Alliance

QUT Centre for Justice, domestic violence, technology-facilitated domestic violence, technology-facilitated advocacy and justice responses, violence against women, rural domestic violence, spatiality, access to justice, sexual violence, DMRC

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


Bridget is an interdisciplinary early career researcher and has published and presented her work in the areas of:

  • intimate partner / domestic / family and sexual violence
  • technology-facilitated violence, advocacy and justice administration in the context of intimate partner, domestic, family and sexual violence
  • access to justice (including in regional, rural and remote areas, and postcode justice)
  • legal advocacy

She has been invited to advise police and legal bodies on technology-facilitated abuse, stalking and harm and, gender-based violence in regional, rural and remote communities (incidents and experiences; informal and formal responses; technology-facilitated violence and advocacy in non-urban places). Her work in these fields was heavily cited in and used to inform recommendations made by the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence. Bridget’s research on technology-facilitated violence has also been used in the formulation of national and international guides, reports and research, including by the United Kingdom Houses of Parliament, Office of Science and Technology. Her work on technology-facilitated violence, gender-based violence, access to justice and rural criminology has informed other government and non-government inquiries as well as policy and practice reforms and recommendations, including in the recent review – The Justice Project – undertaken by the Law Council of Australia (focused on the state of access to justice in the nation).

Bridget competed her PhD thesis (Just Spaces? Community Legal Centres as Places of Law) at Monash University and was the School of Social Sciences candidate nominated for the Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal for Excellence in a PhD thesis. She received the Bruce Mansfield Award for Outstanding Research in her Honours year, undertaken at Macquarie University. In 2016 she received a scholarship to attend the competitive Australian Research Council Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellowship Mentoring Scheme. As an educator, she has also received staff and student nominated teaching awards.

Bridget has completed / is completing a series of externally funded research projects. She was recently awarded two esteemed Criminology Research Council grants: Spaceless Violence and Advocacy: Technology-facilitated Abuse, Stalking and Service Provision in Australia (with Dr Delanie Woodlock, Women’s Legal Service NSW and Professor Harry Blagg), Australian Institute of Criminology, and Reducing Crime and Incarceration Rates in Aboriginal Communities: The Impact of the ‘Yes I Can’ Adult Literacy Campaign (with Dr Jenny Wise, Associate Professor Bob Boughton, Adjunct Professor Jack Beetson and Dr Nickson), Australian Institute of Criminology.

In 2018, with Dr Delanie Woodlock and ASSA fellows Professor Kerry Carrington and Hon. Marcia Neave, she won an Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia grant to host a workshop on Technology and Domestic Violence: Experiences, Perpetration and Responses, with leading national academics, advocates and practitioners. Other (Australian Communications Consumer Action Network) funded research includes Domestic Violence and Communication Technology: Victim Experiences of Intrusion, Surveillance, and Identity Theft; Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz, Dr Bridget Harris, Dr Michael Salter, Dr Delanie Woodlock, Women’s Legal Service Queensland and Women’s Legal Service New South Wales 2018-2019. She is also completing institutionally funded projects on machine learning models and regulation of online violence and the use of virtual reality to enhance police responses to domestic, family and sexual violence. In 2019 she was awarded an Australian Research Council DECRA (Discovery Early Career Research Award) to complete a project on State responses to technology-facilitated domestic violence.

For links / to request access to her work, see the publications tab / e-Prints. Her forthcoming text, edited with Dr Delanie Woodlock – Domestic Violence and Technology: Experiences, Perpetration and Responses – features contributions from leading international advocates, practitioners and academics, and will be published by Routledge in 2020/2021.

Information about Bridget’s Australian Research Council ‘DECRA’ funded project (2020-2024) Building State responses to technology-facilitated domestic violence will soon be housed on a separate website. In the meantime, please email her for more information about this study.

Bridget is also:

  • a Chief Investigator in the Digital Media Research Centre, QUT,
  • a Research Associate with the Research Centre on Violence at West Virginia University,
  • an Adjunct Lecturer in Criminology at the University of New England,
  • a member of the Executive Committee of the Centre of Rural Criminology
  • Treasurer of the International Study for the Society of Rural Criminology
  • a member of the QUT Ally Network.
This information has been contributed by Dr Bridget Harris.


JSB286 Domestic Violence

JSB272 Theories of Crime

This information has been contributed by Dr Bridget Harris.


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


Awards and recognition

Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
Australia and New Zealand Society of Criminology: New Scholar Prize
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
Vice Chancellor¿s Performance Award for Service Excellence (Queensland University of Technology)
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
Dean¿s Commendation in Recognition of Innovation and Excellence in Pedagogy and Outstanding Support for Students (Monash University)
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
Bruce Mansfield Award for Outstanding Research by an Honours Candidate (Macquarie University)


    • Domestic and family violence (including in rural places)
    • Violence and gender
    • Technology-facilitated domestic violence
    • Technology-facilitated advocacy and justice administration
    • Spatiality (place, space, spacelessness) and justice
    • Access to justice
    • Criminological theory

Current supervisions

  • reventing Teenage Intimate Partner Violence: Advocate Perceptions of Education Programs in the Global South
    MPhil, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Kerry Carrington, Dr Helen Berents
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Toby Miles-Johnson
  • Predicting Intimate Partner Homicide: Key risk factors and the heterogeneity of male offenders
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Claire Ferguson
  • Intimate Partner Violence Perpetrated by Australian Defence Force Personnel
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Claire Ferguson
  • Understanding occupational culture and decision making in child safety: case worker perspectives
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Jodi Death, Associate Professor Kelly Richards