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Catrina joined Monash University from Ulster University where she was Director of the Legal Innovation Centre - a joint initiative between the School of Law and the School of Computer Science and Intelligent Systems. She has previously held positions as an Academic Research Associate at the University of Sydney, Independent Research Consultant, Research and Teaching Fellow at University College London, Academic Advisor to the Australian Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department and Researcher at the Legal Services Research Centre (London). 

Catrina brings expertise in a broad range of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, including: the development and implementation of cutting edge methods of data collection; experimental designs; innovative use of legal service administrative data; large-scale longitudinal and cross-sectional ‘legal need’ survey research; in-depth qualitative work on ethics and industrial action; methods employing virtual avatars; as well as complex multilevel statistical modelling of survey data.

Research interests

Specific areas of interest include:

  • Technological innovation in legal service delivery
  • Artificial intelligence and intelligent systems in law
  • The role of law in everyday life
  • Public understanding of the law/legal rights
  • Professional ethics and identity
  • Design of legal services
  • Legal education
  • Access to justice
  • Research methods


Catrina has an established record of consultancy work with the public, private and third sectors across all areas of research interest. She has previously worked with a range of organisations including: the Legal Education Foundation; the Money Advice Trust; Shelter; the Civil Justice Council of England and Wales; and Law for Life (formerly the Public Legal Education Network).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, University College London

Award Date: 30 Jul 2014

Law, BA (Hons), University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jul 2008

Public Policy & Management, BPPM (Hons), University of Melbourne

Award Date: 1 Dec 2006

Political Science, BA, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 1 Dec 2004

Research area keywords

  • Access to Justice
  • Legal Technology
  • Legal Services
  • Labour Law
  • Legal Education
  • Research Methodology
  • Empirical Legal Research
  • Public Understanding of Law
  • Professional Ethics
  • Artificial Intelligence

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