Dr Nicola Henry


VC Research Fellow

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School of Global, Urban & Social Studies

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Dr Nicola Henry is Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow in the Centre for Global Research at RMIT University.

Nicola’s research focuses on the prevalence, nature and impacts of sexual violence, including the legal and non-legal responses in Australian and international contexts. Her research has been largely situated in three socio-legal and criminology fields: (1) transitional justice; (2) rape law reform and primary prevention; and (3) technology-facilitated sexual violence. Her research is interdisciplinary, drawing on mixed-methods approaches within multidisciplinary teams. Nicola’s books include: War and Rape: Law, Memory and Justice (2011: Routledge), Preventing Sexual Violence: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Overcoming a Rape Culture (2014: Palgrave Macmillan; co-edited with Dr Anastasia Powell), Rape Justice: Beyond the Criminal Law (2015: Palgrave Macmillan; co-edited with Dr Anastasia Powell and Dr Asher Flynn), and Sexual Violence in a Digital Age (2017; Palgrave Macmillan; co-authored with Dr Powell).

Nicola is Chief Investigator of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery project on image-based abuse (also known as “revenge pornography”) in Australia, the UK and New Zealand (2017-20) with Dr Anastasia Powell (RMIT University), Dr Asher Flynn (Monash University), Professor Clare McGlynn (Durham University, UK), Professor Erika Rackley (University of Birmingham, UK) and Professor Nicola Gavey (University of Auckland, NZ). She is Chief Investigator with Dr Flynn and Dr Powell on a Criminology Research Grant (CRG) examining image-based abuse in the Australian context (2016-17). Previously Nicola was Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery project on technology-facilitated sexual violence with Dr Powell (2013-15). Her other recent research projects have been on rape law reform; gender, sexuality and disadvantage; and sexual violence and civil society war crimes tribunals.


BA (Hons, first class) (University of Canterbury, NZ))

MA (University of Canterbury, NZ)

PhD (University of Melbourne)

Industry experience

Nicola is currently conducting commissioned research on image-based abuse for the Australian Government’s Office of the Children’s eSafety Commission (with Drs Powell & Flynn). Nicola is also acting as an expert advisor to Oxford University’s Epigeum online modules on Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence.

Nicola is a member of the eSafety Commission’s Online Safety Consultative Working Group.

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