Researcher biography

Professor Heather Douglas researches in the areas of criminal justice and domestic violence. Heather has published widely on criminal justice issues and around legal responses to domestic violence and child protection. In 2014- 2019 she was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to research the way in which women who have experienced domestic violence use the legal system to help them leave violence. She was the lead researcher and project co-ordinator with the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration on the development of the National Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book, a project funded by the Australian Commonwealth Government. Between 2012-2015 Heather was the lead chief investigator on the Australian Feminist Judgments Project funded by the Australian Research Council.

Heather has considered the criminal justice response to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and to the drug khat. Her earlier work explored the work of Justice Martin Kriewaldt, the sole judge of the Northern Territory Supreme Court during the 1950s and more generally the relationship between Indigenous people and the criminal law. In 2012 she co-authored (with Professor Mark Finnane) Indigenous Crime and Settler Law: White Sovereignty After Empire. In 2016 Heather was appointed as a Member to the Australian Research Council's College of Experts. From 2001-2007 she was a part-time commissioner with the Queensland Law Reform Commission and in 2004 she was a visiting scholar at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford University. Heather was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2013 and a Fellow of theAcademy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2017. In 2016 Heather was an Institute of Advanced Studies fellow at Collingwood College, Durham University (January-March 2016). In 2018 Heather was a fellow at the Humboldt University Faculty of Law and Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies in Berlin.

Featured projects Duration
Using Law and Leaving Domestic Violence: Women’s Voices
ARC Future Fellowship
20142018
Domestic violence benchbook
Attorney General Department and AIJA
20152018
Domestic violence protection orders - system issues
UQ Collaboration and Industry Engagement Fund
20152016
Khat
National Drug Law Enforcement Fund
2013
Australian Feminist Judgments Project
ARC Discovery Project
20122014
Risk Factors for Unplanned Pregnancy: Legal, policy, health responses
BEL Collaboration Seeding Grants Scheme
2018
Domestic violence, social security law and the couple rule
Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety
2018
How judge made law reform works for Indigenous people
ARC Discovery Indigenous
2018