Dr Asher Flynn is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Monash University and a Research Fellow in Law at the University of Warwick (UK). Asher is also the editor of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology’s newsletter, PacifiCrim.
Asher’s research utilises a socio-legal framework to understand, critique and transform legal policy and practice. Informed by national and international context, her research examines how accessing justice is negotiated, and the gendered, class-based application and practice of law. Asher was successfully awarded an esteemed Criminology Research Council grant (2014-2016) with Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg to conduct the first ever empirical analysis of the plea negotiation process in Victorian higher courts.
In 2014, Asher was awarded the Faculty of Arts Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research by Early Career Researchers and an Emerging Research Fellowship in the Faculty of Arts (Monash University). Asher is the recipient of a number of prestigious national and international research fellowships including at the University of Manchester (Research Fellow in Law 2013), the University of Warwick (Research Fellow in Law 2014-2017; Visiting Fellow in Criminal Justice 2013) and Mannix College (Research Fellow in Social Sciences 2014). In 2013, Asher was awarded the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology New Scholar Prize for the best early career academic paper written in a criminology-related area. Asher was also recently elected to the executive committee of the leading Australian criminology network.
Asher’s current research projects include:
- Negotiated Guilty Pleas: An Empirical Analysis (with Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg). This project is funded by the Criminology Research Council (CRG 51/13-14)
- More than Revenge: The Scope, Nature and Impact of Revenge Pornography (with Dr Anastasia Powell and Dr Nicola Henry). This project is funded by the THS Research Focus Area Grant Scheme.
- Access to Justice: A Comparative Analysis of Cuts to the Civil and Criminal Legal Aid Systems in England, Wales & Australia (joint project with Warwick University, led by Dr Asher Flynn & Professor Jackie Hodgson). This project is funded by the Warwick/Monash Alliance.
Key Research and Supervision Interests
- Plea negotiations
- Prosecutorial discretion
- Access to Justice
- Sexual violence
- Revenge pornography
- Legal Aid
- Victims’ Rights
- Law Reform