Dr Allegra Schermuly

Allegra Schermuly is a Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences, Monash University. Before joining Monash, Allegra worked as a perioperative nurse in Australia and the UK. She completed her PhD at Monash University in 2018 on the topic of police legitimacy. In her dissertation, Allegra explored perceptions of Victoria Police and the implications of public perceptions for legitimacy, community satisfaction and willingness to cooperate with police. Using qualitative interviews with community representatives in the Monash Local Government Area, Allegra’s doctoral thesis analysed the factors that impact police legitimacy with a view to informing police practices and culture, especially in contemporary multicultural societies.

Allegra’s other research interests include the challenge for public institutions, such as law enforcement and healthcare, to remain fit for purpose in multicultural societies and the social inequalities that persist despite advances in digital technologies. She is currently working on an ARC funded project in the School of Social Sciences at Monash which explores citizens’ use of digital media in disease activism and advocacy.

Professional memberships

The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
The Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC)


Schermuly, A. C. (accepted 20 March 2018) ‘Urbanisation, law and order, and vulnerability’. In H. Forbes-Mewett (Ed.) Vulnerability in a Mobile World. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing Ltd.

Schermuly, A. C. (accepted 9 March 2018) ‘Encounters between the police and the public: Seize the day or practice avoidance?’, Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice (forthcoming).

Schermuly, A. C. & Forbes-Mewett, H. (2016) Food, identity and belonging among South African-Australians , British Food Journal, Vol. 118, Iss. 10, pp. 2434-2443.

Snell, D., Gekara, V. & Schermuly, A. C. (2016) ‘The Occupational Mobility and Skills Transferability of Australian Auto Industry Employees: A Final Report for Automotive Manufacturing Transition’, RMIT University (government report).

Current projects

A sociological study of patients’ use of digital media – ARC Discovery Project 2017-2019. Chief Investigator: Professor Alan Petersen, Monash University. Partner Investigators: Professor Alison Anderson, University of Plymouth, UK; Professor Timothy Caulfield, University of Alberta, Canada. Find out more: http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/patients-use-of-digital-media/

Co-producing an online resource for medical travellers – with Professor Alan Petersen (Monash University)