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Biography

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. She is a member of the Monash Gender and Family Violence: New Frameworks in Prevention Research Program and the Research Impact Director for the School of Social Sciences (Monash University). 

Kate completed her PhD at Monash in 2012, following which she was appointed as a Lecturer in Criminology in School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University. Kate has been a visiting scholar 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 conducts research in the area of family violence, legal responses to lethal violence, youth justice 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. 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 received funding to support her research from the Australian Research Council, Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s SafetyVictorian 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.

Kate has advised on homicide law reform, family violence and youth justice reviews in several Australian jurisdictions.Kate’s 2014 sole-authored book, Homicide Law Reform, Gender and the Provocation Defence: A Comparative Perspective (Palgrave Macmillan), was cited by the High Court of Australia in Lindsay v The Queen [2015] HCA 16.

In 2016 Kate was appointed as a member of the Victorian Government’s Expert Advisory Committee on Perpetrator Interventions and also sits as a member of the Monash City Council Gender Equity Advisory Committee. Previously Kate was Chair of the Barwon Centre against Sexual Assault Governance Board and a member of the Step Back Think Board of Directors. 

Research interests

Family violence
Intimate partner homicide 
Adolescent family violence
Perpetrator Interventions

Legal responses to intimate partner violence
Homicide law reform
Sentencing

Youth justice
Children’s rights and the criminal justice system

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Research Output 2009 2018

Can Human Rights Standards Counter Australia's Punitive Youth Justice Practices?

O'Brien, W. & Fitz-Gibbon, K. E. 5 May 2018 In : International Journal of Children's Rights. 26, 2 , p. 197-227 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Criminology and the UN Sustainable Development Goals: The Need for Support and Critique

Blaustein, J., Pino, N. W., Fitz-Gibbon, K. & White, R. Jun 2018 In : British Journal of Criminology. 58, 4, p. 767-786 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Criminology and the violence(s) of northern theorizing: A critical examination of policy transfer in relation to violence against women from the global North to the global South

Walklate, S. L. & Fitz-Gibbon, K. E. 12 Jan 2018 The Palgrave Handbook of Criminology and the Global South. Carrington, K., Hogg, R., Scott, J. & Sozzo, M. (eds.). 1st ed. Cham Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 847-865 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Editorial Introduction

Fitz-Gibbon, K. E., Walklate, S. L. & McCulloch, J. 24 Jan 2018 In : Criminology and Criminal Justice. 18, 1, p. 3-6 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOther

Prizes

Dean's Award Excellence in Research by an Early Career Researcher

Kate Esther Fitz-Gibbon (Recipient), Jul 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Dean's Award for Excellence in Research Impact and Engagement

Judith McCulloch (Recipient), Jane Maree Maher (Recipient), Kate Esther Fitz-Gibbon (Recipient), Marie Therese Segrave (Recipient) & James Andrew Roffee (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Future Leader Prize

Kate Esther Fitz-Gibbon (Recipient), Oct 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Peter Mitchell Churchill Trust Fellowship

Kate Esther Fitz-Gibbon (Recipient), Jan 2015

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Activities 2012 2018

  • 5 Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board
  • 1 External research organisation, centre or institute

Respect Victoria (External organisation)

Fitz-Gibbon, K. E. (Member)
Aug 2018Aug 2021

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

Monash City Council Gender Equity Advisory Committee (External organisation)

Fitz-Gibbon, K. E. (Member)
Apr 2016Apr 2017

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

Honorary Research Fellow

Fitz-Gibbon, K. E. (Fellow)
Apr 2016 → …

Activity: External research organisation, centre or institute

Step Back Think (External organisation)

Fitz-Gibbon, K. E. (Member)
Dec 2014Jun 2016

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