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Biography

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 recently completed 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.

See Asher discussing image-based abuse in a 1800RESPECT webinar here.

Asher's current and recently completed research projects include:

Recent Research & Education Awards

  • Faculty of Arts Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2017)
  • Visiting Fellow in Law, University of Durham (UK) (2018)
  • 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) (2013)
  • Visiting Fellow, Centre for Criminal Justice, University of Warwick (UK) (2013)

PhD & Masters by Research Supervision Areas

  • Technology-facilitated abuse
  • Image-based abuse ("revenge pornography")
  • Gendered violence
  • Rape and sexual violence
  • Access to Justice
  • Legal Aid
  • Victims' Rights
  • Law Reform
  • Plea negotiations
  • Prosecutorial discretion

Current Supervisions

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

Candidate: Laura Anderson

Supervisors: Professor Olaf Drummer (Main); Dr Jennifer Pilgrim (Associate) 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: 'Rapes That Are Not Crimes: Feminist Debates, Average Guys and Why Novels Don’t Deal With Them'

Candidate: Giulia Mastrantoni

Supervisors: Dr Asher Flynn (main), Dr John Hawke (Associate) and Professor Sue Kossew (Associate)

Doctorate by research: 'Australian School Leaver and First-Year University Students' Understandings of Consent'.

Candidate: Katherine Schofield

Supervisors: Dr Asher Flynn (Main) and Dr James Roffee (Associate, External)

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: 'Justice Reinvestment: Reimagining Criminal Justice Policy' (2018)

Dr 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' (2017)

Dr Mary Iliadis

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

Doctorate by research: 'An Examination of Post-release treatment programs and support services for released prisoners with Alcohol Use Disorders in Victoria' (2016)

Dr Christina Kirtley

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

Doctorate by research: 'Exploring Community Perceptions of Victoria Police: A Case Study of the Monash Local Government Area, Melbourne' (2017)

Dr Allegra Schermuly

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

Twitter@AsherFlynn

Research interests

  • Technology-facilitated abuse
  • Image-based abuse ("revenge pornography")
  • Gendered violence
  • Rape and sexual violence
  • Access to Justice
  • Legal Aid
  • Victims' Rights
  • Law Reform
  • Plea negotiations
  • Prosecutorial discretion

Monash teaching commitment

ATS2465/3465: Human Rights in the Criminal Justice Sphere - This intensively delivered unit is part of our Criminology in Prato program.

The unit introduces students to the study of human rights in the sphere of criminal justice and criminology. The unit will trace the impact of human rights across the differing phases of the achievement of justice in criminal justice systems. Focusing on a specific rights as case studies it will contrast national and international definitions of human rights in understanding responses to crime: including policing, court processes, prosecution and punishment.

ATS2469: Victims, Justice and the Law - This is a cornerstone unit of the Bachelor of Arts (Criminology major) and the Bachelor of Criminology.

The unit considers the concepts of justice, victims and the law as they exist within and beyond the legal system. The unit engages with historical and contemporary perspectives and constructions of these intersecting concepts to explore understandings of crime and criminality, and examine the potentials and limitations of the legal system in practice. Bringing together interdisciplinary approaches from law, criminology and socio-legal studies, this unit considers the relationships between law, justice and victims through the study of: criminal and civil law, restorative justice, therapeutic jurisprudence, public policy, the media, criminal justice procedures, human rights and social change.

Asher also lectures in the undergraduate and juris doctor programs in the Faculty of Law at Monash University.

Community service

Asher’s research initiates and develops collaborations with expertise from industry and diverse disciplines, to deliver outcomes with relevance and impact. Her research involves in-depth consultation with those directly affected by, and those working within, the law, thus the findings translate into applied research that facilitates policy change and impact.

Asher contributes in advisory roles to a range of peak legal and government bodies in Australia, and her work is regularly cited in government reports and inquiries. Asher's research has also led to changes in law reform, including most recently, her work on image-based sexual abuse with Associate Professors Nicola Henry and Anastasia Powell, which shaped the introduction of the Crimes Amendment (Revenge Porn) Bill (ACT) and the Crimes Amendment (Intimate Images) Bill (NSW). Asher and Associate Professor Henry were invited to NSW Parliament by NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman to observe the reading of the bill and to attend and speak at a function at Parliament House in honour of those who had contributed to the development of this important legislative change. Asher has been invited to make submissions to numerous government enquiries and has presented evidence at various government committee hearings.

Asher also assisted the Victorian State Office of Public Prosecutions in implementing and developing policies for the Evidence Act 2009 (Vic) and Criminal Procedure Act 2009 (Vic), which constituted the largest legal reforms to the criminal justice system in 50 years. Her industry impact was recognised in a 2015 Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council report, Guilty Pleas in the Higher Courts: Rates, Timing and Discounts which acknowledged her work and expertise on plea negotiations.

Outside academia, Asher’s research informs public debate through an ongoing, sustained engagement with the media, across television; radio (including The Conversation Hour with Jon Faine; The Radio National Breakfast Show; The Law Report), newspapers, opinion pieces (The Age) and The Conversation.

Asher was elected the Victorian Representative on the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Executive Committee in 2017.

Keywords

  • gendered violence
  • technology-facilitated abuse
  • image-based abuse
  • revenge pornography
  • access to justice
  • plea negotiations
  • legal aid
  • rape
  • sexual violence
  • courts and sentencing
  • law reform

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Projects 2013 2020

Research Output 2007 2018

Plea negotiations: An empirical analysis

Flynn, A. & Freiberg, A. 1 Apr 2018 Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, 544, p. 1-13 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticleResearch

Plea Negotiations: Pragmatic Justice in an Imperfect World

Flynn, A. & Freiberg, A. 2018 Cham Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. 277 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Plea Negotiations: Final Report to the Criminology Research Council

Flynn, A. L. G. & Freiberg, A. 26 Apr 2018 Australian Institute of Criminology. 178 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportOtherpeer-review

Open Access
File

Policing image-based sexual abuse: stakeholder perspectives

Henry, N., Flynn, A. & Powell, A. 2 Nov 2018 In : Police Practice and Research: An International Journal. 19, 6, p. 565-581 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Providing a check on Prosecutorial decision-making: An analysis of the Victims' Right to Review reform

Iliadis, M. & Flynn, A. 2018 In : British Journal of Criminology. 58, 3 , p. 550–568 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Prizes

Capstone Editing Carer's Travel Grant for Academic Women

Asher Leigh Gevaux Flynn (Recipient), Aug 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Faculty Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

Asher Leigh Gevaux Flynn (Recipient) & Maria Iliadis (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Faculty of Arts Dean's Early Career Researcher Award 2014

Asher Leigh Gevaux Flynn (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Faculty of Arts Research Impact Award

Asher Leigh Gevaux Flynn (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

New Scholar Prize 2013

Asher Leigh Gevaux Flynn (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2012 2018

JUSTICE United Kingdom (External organisation)

Flynn, A. L. G. (Executive Member)
2018 → …

Activity: Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

‘Image-based Sexual Abuse: The Australian Experience’

Flynn, A. L. G. (Invited speaker)
30 Apr 2018

Activity: Contribution to workshop, seminar, course

Cardiff University

Flynn, A. L. G. (Visiting researcher)
May 2018

Activity: Visiting an external academic institution

University of Glasgow

Flynn, A. L. G. (Visiting researcher)
Apr 2018

Activity: Visiting an external academic institution

10th Conference on the Future of the Adversarial and Inquisitorial Systems: Data Crimes

Flynn, A. L. G. (Keynote/plenary speaker)
24 Apr 201828 Apr 2018

Activity: Contribution to conference