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Personal profile


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).

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, University College London

Law, BA (Hons), University of Cambridge

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

Political Science, BA, The University of Melbourne


  • 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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Research Output 2010 2019

  • 16 Article
  • 6 Commissioned Report
  • 1 Chapter (Book)

Why do I need a will anyway? Assessing the impact of a public legal education intervention embedded in a longitudinal survey

Pleasence, P., Balmer, N. J. & Denvir, C., Apr 2019, In : Social Policy and Society. 18, 2, p. 187-201 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Assisted Digital Support for Civil Justice System Users: Demand, Design and Implementation

Denvir, C., Apr 2018, London UK: University College London. 76 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportOther

Open Access

Protected industrial action ballots: an empirical view

Creighton, B., Denvir, C., Johnstone, R. & McCrystal, S., 1 Feb 2018, In : Journal of Industrial Relations. 60, 1, p. 53-76 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Defining Industrial Action

Creighton, B., Denvir, C. & McCrystal, S., 2017, In : Federal Law Review. 45, 3, p. 383-414 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Activities 2018 2018

  • 2 Contribution to conference

Legal Technology & Operations Summer Programme

Catrina Denvir (Organiser)
11 Jul 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

UCL Access to Justice and Legal Services

Catrina Denvir (Organiser)
11 Jun 201813 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Press / Media

More Universities are Teaching LawTech but is it Just a Gimmick?

Catrina Denvir


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Snail mail strike ballots less likely to reach 50% voter threshold: Study

Catrina Denvir


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature

Initial Coin Offering or Initial Con Offering? A Guide for the Confused

Catrina Denvir


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Blogs, Podcasts and Social MediaBlogs

Online Courts and Access to Justice: Why we should care about being Digitally Defaulted

Catrina Denvir


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Blogs, Podcasts and Social MediaBlogs

The Rise of the Multi-Disciplinary Lawyer: A Challenge for Legal Education

Catrina Denvir


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Blogs, Podcasts and Social MediaBlogs