Dr Nicola Henry is Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow in the Centre for Global Research at RMIT University.
Nicola’s research focuses on the prevalence, nature and impacts of sexual violence, including the legal and non-legal responses in Australian and international contexts. Her research has been largely situated in three socio-legal and criminology fields: (1) transitional justice; (2) rape law reform and primary prevention; and (3) technology-facilitated sexual violence. Her research is interdisciplinary, drawing on mixed-methods approaches within multidisciplinary teams. Nicola’s books include: War and Rape: Law, Memory and Justice (2011: Routledge), Preventing Sexual Violence: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Overcoming a Rape Culture (2014: Palgrave Macmillan; co-edited with Dr Anastasia Powell), Rape Justice: Beyond the Criminal Law (2015: Palgrave Macmillan; co-edited with Dr Anastasia Powell and Dr Asher Flynn), and Sexual Violence in a Digital Age (2017; Palgrave Macmillan; co-authored with Dr Powell).
Nicola is Chief Investigator of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery project on image-based abuse (also known as “revenge pornography”) in Australia, the UK and New Zealand (2017-20) with Dr Anastasia Powell (RMIT University), Dr Asher Flynn (Monash University), Professor Clare McGlynn (Durham University, UK), Professor Erika Rackley (University of Birmingham, UK) and Professor Nicola Gavey (University of Auckland, NZ). She is Chief Investigator with Dr Flynn and Dr Powell on a Criminology Research Grant (CRG) examining image-based abuse in the Australian context (2016-17). Previously Nicola was Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery project on technology-facilitated sexual violence with Dr Powell (2013-15). Her other recent research projects have been on rape law reform; gender, sexuality and disadvantage; and sexual violence and civil society war crimes tribunals.
- BA (Hons, first class) (University of Canterbury, NZ))
- MA (University of Canterbury, NZ)
- PhD (University of Melbourne)
Nicola is currently conducting commissioned research on image-based abuse for the Australian Government’s Office of the Children’s eSafety Commission (with Drs Powell & Flynn). Nicola is also acting as an expert advisor to Oxford University’s Epigeum online modules on Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence.
Nicola is a member of the eSafety Commission’s Online Safety Consultative Working Group.
1 PhD Current Supervisions
- Henry, N.,Powell, A. (2017). (In Press) Technology-facilitated sexual violence: a literature review of empirical research In: Trauma, Violence and Abuse, , 1 - 14
- Powell, A.,Henry, N. (2017). (In Press) Policing technology-facilitated sexual violence against adult victims: police and service sector perspectives In: Policing and Society, , 1 - 17
- Powell, A.,Henry, N. (2017). (In Press) Technology-facilitated sexual violence victimization results from an online survey of Australian adults In: Journal of Interpersonal Violence, , 1 - 29
- Powell, A.,Henry, N. (2017). Sexual Violence in a Digital Age, Palgrave Macmillan, London, United Kingdom
- Powell, A.,Henry, N. (2017). (In Press) Sexual violence and harassment in the digital era In: The Palgrave Handbook of Australian and New Zealand Criminology, Crime and Justice, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, United Kingdom
- Hanley, N.,Fileborn, B.,Larcombe, W.,Henry, N.,Powell, A. (2016). Improving the law reform process: Opportunities for empirical qualitative research? In: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 49, 546 - 563
- Henry, N.,Powell, A. (2016). Sexual violence in the digital age: The scope and limits of criminal law In: Social and Legal Studies, 25, 397 - 418
- Larcombe, W.,Fileborn, B.,Powell, A.,Hanley, N.,Henry, N. (2016). 'I think it's rape and I think he would be found not guilty' Focus group perceptions of (un) reasonable belief in consent in rape law In: Social and Legal Studies, 25, 611 - 629
- Henry, N. (2016). Civil society and gender-based violence: expanding the horizons of transitional justice In: The Australian Feminist Law Journal, 42, 119 - 136
- Henry, N. (2016). Theorizing wartime rape: deconstructing gender, sexuality, and violence In: Gender and Society, 30, 44 - 56
- Revenge pornography: The implications for law reform. Funded by: ARC Discovery Projects 2017 from (2017 to 2020)
- Responding to Revenge Pornography: The Scope, Nature and Impact of Australian Criminal Laws. Funded by: Criminology Research Council Grant 2016 from (2016 to 2017)