Dr Asher Flynn

Dr Asher Flynn is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Director of the Social and Political Sciences Graduate Research Program at Monash University.

Asher’s research utilises a socio-legal framework to understand, critique and transform legal policy and practice, with a particular focus on gendered violence. Informed by national and international context, her research examines how accessing justice is negotiated.

Asher is Co-Investigator on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project, Revenge Pornography: The prevalence and nature of non-consensual imagery and the implications for law reform (with Associate Professor Nicola Henry, Dr Anastasia Powell, Professor Clare McGlynn, Professor Erika Rackley and Professor Nicola Gavey) and an Australian Criminology Research Council Grant, Responding to Revenge Pornography: The scope, nature and impact of Australian Criminal Laws (with Associate Professor Nicola Henry and Dr Anastasia Powell)These are the first projects to conduct a comprehensive qualitative and quantitative analysis of image-based sexual abuse across Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Asher recently completed an Australian Criminology Research Council funded project, Negotiated Guilty Pleas: An Empirical Analysis as lead Chief Investigator with Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg. This project was the first empirical analysis of the plea negotiation process in Victorian courts using case file and interview data. Her book Negotiated Guilty Pleas: Pragmatic Justice in an Imperfect World (Palgrave Macmillan), co-authored with Arie Freiberg will be available in late 2018.

In 2017, Asher was awarded the Faculty of Arts Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning with colleague, Dr Mary Iliadis, for their innovative and sustained contributions to teaching and supporting students in Criminology, and for fostering a sense of ownership, independence and engagement in student learning. 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 Durham (Visiting Fellow in Law, 2018), 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.

In 2017, Asher was elected to the executive committee of the leading Australian criminology network, the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology as the Victorian State Representative.

Asher’s current research projects include:

  • Revenge Pornography: The prevalence and nature of non-consensual imagery and the implications for law reform (with Associate Professor Nicola Henry, Dr Anastasia Powell, Professor Clare McGlynn, Professor Erika Rackley and Professor Nicola Gavey). This project is funded by the Australian Research Council (DP170101433) 
  • Responding to Revenge Pornography: The scope, nature and impact of Australian Criminal Laws (with Associate Professor Nicola Henry and Dr Anastasia Powell). This project is funded by the Criminology Research Council (CRG08/15-16).
  • Negotiated Guilty Pleas: An Empirical Analysis (with Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg). This project is funded by the Criminology Research Council (CRG 51/13-14)  

Key Research and Supervision Interests

  • Image-based sexual abuse (“revenge pornography”)
  • Plea negotiations
  • Prosecutorial discretion
  • Access to Justice
  • Sexual violence
  • Legal Aid
  • Victims’ Rights
  • Law Reform

Twitter@AsherFlynn

Asher’s research gate profile

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