- Dr Erin O'Brien
- Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Law,
School of Justice
- Discipline *
- Political Science, Criminology
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PhD (University of Queensland), MA (University of Durham)
- Professional memberships
- Australian Political Science Association (APSA)
- Law and Society Association
- The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
Political activism, Human trafficking, Advocacy, Migration, Politics, Virtual advocacy, Sex work, QUT Centre for Justice, ILGG
Erin O’Brien is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Justice, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
Erin’s current research examines political activism and emerging technology-facilitated advocacy strategies in response to human rights issues including human trafficking, migration, and modern slavery. Erin’s research examines the spectrum of political activism and the interplay between activists and the state in the construction of knowledge and formation of policy.
- political activism and resistance
- tactics and influence of political interest groups
- ethical consumerism and corporate social responsibility
- human trafficking and modern slavery
- virtual humanitarianism
- migration policy and discourse
Erin is the leader of the Activism and Social Change research group of the Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Research Centre, and Coordinator of the Policy and Governance Major in the Bachelor of Justice Degree. She is currently supervising PhD projects on civil society activism, human trafficking, sex work, migration, and environmentalism.
Erin has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Queensland, a MA in Social Policy from the University of Durham, UK, and a BA (Honours) in International Relations from the University of Queensland, Australia. Prior to entering academia, Erin worked in strategic communications in the government and not-for-profit sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom.
- Challenging the Human Trafficking Narrative: Victims, Villains, and Heroes, by Erin O’Brien. Routledge 2019.
- The Politics of Sex Trafficking: A Moral Geography, by Erin O’Brien, Sharon Hayes and Belinda Carpenter. Palgrave Macmillan 2013.
- Crime, Justice and Social Democracy: International Perspectives, edited by Kerry Carrington, Matthew Ball, Erin O’Brien and Juan Tauri. Palgrave Macmillan 2013.
For a full list of publications visit QUT ePrints
- JSB260 Global Justice and Human Security
- JSB263 Australian Political Institutions
- JSB379 Political Practice, People Power and Protest
- JSB982 Transnational Crime
- JSB418: Advanced Research Management
- JSB171 Justice and Society
- O'Brien E, (2019) Challenging the human trafficking narrative: Victims, villains, and heroes (Victims, Culture and Society) p1-170
- O'Brien E, Hayes SL, Carpenter BJ, (2013) The politics of sex trafficking: A moral geography [Critical Criminological Perspectives series] p1-232
- Carrington K, Ball MJ, O'Brien E, Tauri JM, (2013) Crime, Justice and Social Democracy: International Perspectives, Palgrave Macmillan
- O'Brien E, (2018) Human trafficking and heroic consumerism, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy p1-6
- O'Brien E, (2017) Against the trend: resistance to neo-abolitionism in Australian anti-trafficking policy debates, Feminism, prostitution and the state: The politics of neo-abolitionism (Routledge Studies in Gender and Global Politics) p121-139
- O'Brien E, (2016) Human trafficking heroes and villains: Representing the problem in anti-trafficking awareness campaigns, Social and Legal Studies p205-224
- O'Brien E, Wilson MP, (2015) Clinton, Bush and Obama: Changing policy and rhetoric in the United States Annual Trafficking in Persons Report, Global human trafficking: critical issues and contexts [Global Issues in Crime and Justice] p123-137
- Rowe EA, O'Brien E, (2014) 'Genuine' refugees or illegitimate 'boat people': Political constructions of asylum seekers and refugees in the Malaysia Deal debate, Australian Journal of Social Issues p171-193
- O'Brien E, (2013) Ideal victims in trafficking awareness campaigns, Crime, justice and social democracy: International perspectives [Critical Criminological Perspectives] p315-326
- O'Brien E, Carpenter BJ, Hayes SL, (2013) Sex trafficking and moral harm: Politicised understandings and depictions of the trafficked experience, Critical Criminology: international journal p401-415
For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.
- Social Media Activism and the Fight against Forced Labour: Slacktivism, Clicktivism and Offline Participation
PhD, Associate Supervisor
Other supervisors: Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz, Dr Tim Highfield
- Advocating for Yazidi Genocide Recognition: Narratives in Global Civil Society
PhD, Associate Supervisor
Other supervisors: Dr Helen Berents, Adjunct Professor Reece Walters
- The contested legitimacy of digital surveillance: An analysis of civil resistance to Australia's metadata retention laws
PhD, Principal Supervisor
Other supervisors: Professor Belinda Carpenter, Adjunct Professor Russell Hogg
- Examine how negative perceptions impact on the experiences of children in immigration detention within the Australian context.
PhD, Associate Supervisor
Other supervisors: Dr Helen Berents, Professor Belinda Carpenter