Research

Asher’s research focuses on four key streams

  1. Image-based sexual abuse;
  2. Plea negotiations and prosecutorial discretion;
  3. The intended and unintended consequences of law in practice and;
  4. Access to justice

Research Awards

  • Research Fellow in Law, Centre for Criminal Justice, School of Law, Warwick University (UK) (2014-2017)
  • Lifetime Research Fellow in Social Sciences, Mannix College, Monash University (2014-ongoing)
  • Faculty of Arts Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research by Early Career Researchers, Monash University (2014)
  • Emerging Research Fellow, Faculty of Arts, Monash University (2014)
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology New Scholar Award (2013)
  • Research Fellow in Arts, Mannix College, Monash University (2013)
  • Research Fellow in Law, University of Manchester (UK) (April 2013)
  • Visiting Fellow, Centre for Criminal Justice, University of Warwick (UK) (March 2013)

Research Keywords

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

Current Postgraduate Supervisions

Doctorate by Research: ‘Cognitive and Pyschological Factors present in Australian Violent Offenders’

Candidate: Laura Anderson

Supervisors: Dr Jennifer Pilgrim (Main) and Dr Asher Flynn (Associate)


Doctorate by research: ‘”Yes Means Yes”: An Analysis of Legal Constructions of Consent in Victoria’

Candidate: Rachael Burgin

Supervisors: Dr Asher Flynn (Main) and Professor Jude McCulloch (Associate).


Doctorate by Research: ‘Justice Reinvestment: Reimagining Criminal Justice Policy’

Candidate: Kate Burns

Supervisors: Dr Asher Flynn (Main) and Dr Claire Spivakovsky (Associate).


Doctorate by Research: ‘Accessing Victims’ Rights within the Adversarial Process: The Viability of Legal Representation for Victims in the Prosecution Process ‘

Candidate: Mary Iliadis

Supervisors: Dr Asher Flynn (Main) and Professor Jude McCulloch (Associate).


Doctorate by research: ‘Exploring Community Perceptions of Victoria Police: A Case Study of the Monash Local Government Area, Melbourne’.

Candidate: Allegra Schermuly

Supervisors: Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett (Main) and Dr Asher Flynn (Associate).


Doctorate by research: ‘A critical analysis of the applications of anti-stalking legislation in Victoria and the United Kingdom’.

Candidate: Michelle Sibenik

Supervisors: Dr Anna Eriksson (Main), Dr Asher Flynn (Associate) and Dr Troy McEwan (Associate).


Doctorate by research: ‘”A man’s home is his castle and mine is a cage”: Pathways to remedy and access to justice for economic partner abuse in Victoria’.

Candidate: Madeleine Ulbrick

Supervisors: Dr Asher Flynn (Main) & Professor Jude McCulloch (Associate).

Completed Supervisions

Doctorate by research: ‘An Examination of Post-release treatment programs and support services for released prisoners with Alcohol Use Disorders in Victoria’.

Candidate: Dr Christina Kirtley

Supervisors: Dr Asher Flynn (Main) and Professor Sharon Pickering (Associate).

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Rachael Burgin, Kate Burns & Mary Iliadis presenting at the SoSS HDR Symposium in October 2014.