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Dr Allegra Schermuly is a Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences, Monash University. Before joining Monash, Allegra worked as a perioperative nurse in Australia and the UK. She completed her PhD at Monash University in 2018 on the topic of police legitimacy. In her dissertation, Allegra explored perceptions of Victoria Police and the implications of public perceptions 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 analysed 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 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.

External positions

Research Assistant, RMIT University

11 Apr 201631 Oct 2016


  • Policing
  • Health Inequalities
  • Multiculturalism and diversity
  • Migration
  • Community Well-Being
  • Digital Technologies
  • Medical Sociology

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Research Output 2016 2018

Encounters between the police and the public: seize the day or practice avoidance?

Schermuly, A. C., 11 Jun 2018, In : Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice. 4, 2, p. 148-160 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Occupational boundary disputes in the Australian operating room

Schermuly, A. C. & Schermuly, A., 2018, In : Nexus. 2, 30

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOther

Open Access

The shifting politics of patient activism: From bio-sociality to bio-digital citizenship

Petersen, A. R., Schermuly, A. C. & Anderson, A., 1 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Health. p. 1-17 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Food, identity and belonging: A case study of South African-Australians

Schermuly, A. C. & Forbes-Mewett, H. M., 2016, In : British Food Journal. 118, 10, p. 2434-2443 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Press / Media

Monash police need public trust

Allegra Clare Schermuly


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Community sentiments and perceptions of Victoria Police

Allegra Clare Schermuly


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research