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Dr. Anastasia Powell
Associate Professor of Criminology & Justice Studies
RMIT University in Melbourne

Dr Anastasia Powell is associate professor in criminology and legal studies at the RMIT University in Melbourne. Her research explores the intersections of technology, justice, gender and digital culture. Anastasia has published widely in these fields including six books, most recent of which are Digital Criminology: Crime and Justice in Digital Society (Routledge 2018, with Drs Greg Stratton and Rob Cameron), and Sexual Violence in a Digital Age (Palgrave 2017, with Dr Nicola Henry). Anastasia is also a recipient of a prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) exploring citizen participation in responses to crime and justice via social media, and a Criminology Research Council grant on policing cyber crime (with Dr Cassandra Cross and Prof Tom Holt). From 2013 to 2015, Anastasia was lead Chief Investigator on an ARC Discovery Project (with Dr Nicola Henry), titled Technology-facilitated sexual violence and harassment: violence against women in cyberspace and the implications for legislative and policy reform. The project examined the ways in which technologies (including mobile phones, video recordings, online spaces, social media) are being used in connection with sexual violence and harassment against women. Anastasia has furthermore contributed to policy specific research on technology and violence against women for the Australian Commonwealth Government, including several projects on Image-Based Abuse (often referred to colloquially as ‘revenge pornography’) with colleagues Dr Nicola Henry and Dr Asher Flynn.





  • Powell, A., Cameron, R., & Stratton, G. (2018). Digital Criminology: Crime and Justice in Digital Society. New York: Routledge [contract signed December 2015].

  • Powell, A., & Henry, N. (2017). Sexual Violence in a Digital Age. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapters

  • Powell, A., Henry, N., & Flynn, A. (2018). Image-Based Sexual Abuse. Routledge Handbook of Critical Criminology. New York: Routledge.

  • Powell, A., & Henry, N. (2017). New Technology Facilitated Forms of Sexual Violence. In Sarre, R. and Deckert, A. (Eds). The Australian and New Zealand Handbook of Criminology, Crime and Justice. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Henry, N., & Powell, A. (2017). Technology-facilitated Sexual Violence and Harassment. In Renzetti,C. M., Edleson, J. L. & Bergen, R. (Eds.). Sourcebook on Violence Against Women (3rd edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

  • Powell, A. (2015). Seeking Informal Justice Online: Vigilantism, Activism and Resisting a Rape Culture in Cyberspace. In Powell, A., Henry, N., & Flynn, A. (Eds.). Rape Justice: Beyond the Criminal Law. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal Articles

  • Stratton, G., Powell, A., & Cameron, R. (2017). Crime and Justice in Digital Society: Towards a Digital Criminology? International Journal of Crime, Justice and Social Democracy.

  • Powell, A., Overington, C., & Hamilton, G. (2017). Following #JillMeagher: Collective meaning-making in response to crime events via social media. Crime, Media, Culture.

  • Powell, A., & Henry, N. (2016). The Prevalence and Nature of Technology-Facilitated Sexual Violence and Harassment: Results from an Online Survey of Australian Adults. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

  • Henry, N., & Powell, A. (2016). Technology-Facilitated Sexual Violence: A Literature Review of Empirical Research. Trauma, Violence & Abuse.

  • Henry, N., & Powell, A. (2016). Sexual Violence in the Digital Age: The Scope and Limits of Criminal Law. Social & Legal Studies.

  • Powell, A., & Henry, N. (2016). Policing Technology-Facilitated Sexual Violence Against Adult Victims: Police and Service Sector Perspectives. Policing & Society.

  • Powell, A. (2015). Seeking Rape Justice: Formal and informal responses to sexual violence through technosocial counterpublics. Theoretical Criminology.

  • Henry, N., & Powell, A. (2015). Embodied Harms: Gender, Shame and Technology-facilitated Sexual Violence in Cyberspace. Violence Against Women, 21(6), 758-779.

  • Henry, N., & Powell, A. (2015). Beyond the Sext: Technology-facilitated Sexual Violence and Harassment Against Adult Women. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 48(1), 1104-1118.

  • Powell, A., & Henry, N. (2014). Blurred Lines? Responding to “Sexting” and Gender-based Violence Among Young People. Children Australia, 39, 119-124.

  • Powell, A. (2010). Configuring Consent: Emerging Technologies, Unauthorised Sexual Images and Sexual Assault. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 43(1), 76- 9.  

Other Activities

  • Powell, A. (2009). New Technologies, Unauthorised Visual Images and Sexual Assault. Aware, Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault, Newsletter No. 23.

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