Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and a Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Law and Social Justice at University of Liverpool. Kate completed her PhD at Monash in 2012, following which she was appointed as a Lecturer in Criminology at Deakin University. During her four years at Deakin, Kate was a visiting academic in the Centre for Criminology at Oxford University (2013), The Faculty of Law at University of Auckland (2015) and the School of Justice at Queensland University of Technology (2015).
Kate researches in the area of family violence, legal responses to lethal violence and the effects of homicide law and sentencing reform in Australian and international jurisdictions. This research is undertaken with a key focus on issues relating to gender, constructions of responsibility and justice, and has been informed by over 150 interviews conducted by Kate with members of the Australian, English and American criminal justice systems. The findings of her research have been published in high impact criminology and law journals and presented at national and international criminology conferences.
Kate has advised on homicide law reform reviews in several Australian jurisdictions. She has received funding to support her research from the Victorian Women’s Trust and the Victorian Legal Services Board. In 2015 Kate was awarded the prestigious Peter Mitchell Churchill Fellowship to examine innovative and best practice legal responses to the prevention of intimate homicide in UK, United States and Canada.
In 2014 Kate published her first sole-authored book, Homicide Law Reform, Gender and the Provocation Defence: A Comparative Perspective (Palgrave Macmillan). Drawing on the voices of over one hundred members of the Victorian, New South Wales and English criminal justice systems, her book provides a comparative analysis of the operation of the controversial partial defence of provocation, the varied approaches taken to reforming this law and the effects of those reforms in practice. In 2015 this book was cited in a judgment of the High Court of Australia (see Lindsay v The Queen  HCA 16).
Visiting Fellow in the School of Justice (Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology) July 2015
Visiting Academic in the Faculty of Law (University of Auckland) June 2015
Visiting Academic at the Centre for Criminology (Faculty of Law, Oxford University) December 2013 – February 2014
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Monash University (awarded in 2008)
Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, (awarded in 2012)
Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University (awarded in 2013)