Senior Research Fellow Dr Anastasia Powell brings to her teaching and research her commitment to social justice and ending violence against women.
Senior Research Fellow, RMIT University
Criminal Justice, Gendered Violence, cyber crime and violence prevention.
Describe the focus of your teaching expertise
What inspired you to teach in this field?
I am really passionate about criminology and the criminal justice field. I think that addressing crime, especially violent crime, is fundamental to creating a just society. I love that our students want to learn about crime and justice and make a difference out there in the world. It is the most inspiring part of my job.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I am committed to social justice and to ending violence against women. My job enables me to make a positive contribution towards social change both directly through my research in this field and my advisory role in policy and legal reform, but also more broadly through educating and inspiring the next generation of criminologists and justice advocates.
Why did you choose RMIT?
RMIT has a great reputation for education and research that is practical and connects with industry and government to make a real difference. The justice and legal studies team bring their real-life experience in law, child protection, corrections, policing and justice policy to both their teaching and their research. Through these relationships I am able to apply my research in new and innovative ways to address violence against women.
How did you decide on your thesis topic?
I have long been passionate about addressing gender inequalities and violence against women. I majored in sexual and domestic violence throughout my degrees and worked in the Victorian Department of Justice as a policy officer researching violence against women.
Many of our laws, policies and programs are about responding to violence after it has happened. I wanted to do something that could help prevent violence before it occurs, so I became interested in prevention education with young people. My doctoral thesis made recommendations for improving sex education and sexual violence prevention based on young people’s own experiences.