Allegra Schermuly

Allegra Schermuly is a research fellow in Sociology within the School of Social Sciences, Monash University. Before joining Monash, Allegra worked as a perioperative nurse in Australia and the UK. She is currently completing her PhD (Monash University) on the topic of police legitimacy. In her dissertation, Allegra explores perceptions of Victoria Police and implications 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 analyses 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 new 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. & 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. (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

Community perceptions of Victoria Police: Implications for legitimacy, satisfaction and Cooperation – (PhD, Monash University). Supervised by Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett and Dr Asher Flynn

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:

Co-producing an online resource for medical travellers – with Professor Alan Petersen (Monash University), Dr Katie Vasey (Deakin University) and Dr Davina Lohm (Monash University)