As a socio-legal scholar, Nicola's research focuses on sexual violence and harassment, including technology-facilitated abuse, image-based sexual abuse, sexual assault and harassment in university settings, rape law reform and wartime rape
sexual violence, gender, digital technologies, social justice, transitional justice, rape law reform
Nicola investigates the prevalence, nature and impacts of sexual violence and harassment. Her current research on technology-facilitated sexual violence focuses on the non-consensual distribution of intimate images (known as 'revenge pornography'), the recording and distribution of sexual assault images, the use of online dating and social media sites to facilitate rape/sexual assault, and online sexual harassment (including sexual solicitation, gender-based hate speech, image-based harassment and online rape threats).
Nicola adopts a social justice approach to her research. She is interested in social, legal and political change at national and international levels in ways that will directly benefit victim-survivors of sexual violence. Her work also provides practical recommendations for improving victim support services and informing prevention, education and awareness campaigns.
Nicola joins RMIT from La Trobe University, where her research focused on sexual violence and justice. She earned her PhD in 2005 from the University of Melbourne for her work on sexual violence and international war crimes trials. She has published widely in the sexual violence and social justice fields, including editing and authoring four books.
Nicola was awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellowship in 2017 and is based in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.