(゚ー゚) impact & standing

Consulting and expert commentary


I have presented the findings of my research to the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Australian Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency, and regularly speak at large, public events such as the Festival of Dangerous Ideas and the All About Women festivals at the Sydney Opera House.  Since 2016, I have also been an editorial board member of the International Journal of Cultural Studies. Previously, I served for five years on Australia’s Advertising Standards Board. I am frequently interviewed about my research by international media outlets, and have given 79 interviews since 2014 alone.


In late 2016 and early 2017, I collaborated with Soraya Chemaly from the US-based Women’s Media Center (WMC) Speech Project and Camille Francois from Google Jigsaw as part of these organisations’ efforts to address the problem of gendered cyberhate. I provided input on how my research data bases of misogynist cyberhate might be used to help develop machine-learning tools better able to detect and respond to gendered threats and abuse. Closer to home, I have also worked with Bayfront UX to help formulate my own university's response to online harassment. 

Cyberhate symposium

In 2017, I  – along with my principle research collaborator Dr Nicole A Vincent – organised a symposium aimed at generating solutions for gendered cyberhate. The conference’s 60 participants included the NSW Legislative Council MP Mehreen Faruqi, the Liberal member for Brindabella Nicole Lawder, and the ABC’s Social Media “Self-Defence” Manager Rod McGuinness, as well as representatives from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, the Safety Net Australia Project, the NSW Police Force, KWY Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Family Services, CoderDojo, and domestic and family violence organisations. Also present were representatives from advocacy groups such as Sexual Violence Won't Be Silenced, Collective Shout, Destroy the Joint, The Respect Campaign, the Sex Workers Outreach Project, and SlutWalk. In the aftermath of the symposium, the NSW parliament unanimously passed a motion congratulating us on the event.

Praise for my writing

My latest book, Misogyny Online: A Short (and Brutish) History, has received an excellent reviews. The international journal Information, Communication & Society applauds its “winning combination of conceptually and philosophically rich analysis, forensic and details-oriented storytelling” and describes it as “essential reading for those working in the field”. The UNICEF National Ambassador for Child Survival and human rights advocate Tara Moss, meanwhile, praises the book as "a rigorous, necessary and at times terrifying exploration of one of the most pressing and rapidly growing forms of harassment and abuse of women and girls today." For Moss, my "interrogation of the rhetoric of sexualised, gendered violence and the rise of multi-perpetrator attacks on individual women using digital technology is a must-read for a greater understanding of this phenomenon and its impact on democracy, culture and the individual."