BiographyDr Kate Fitz-Gibbon is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and a Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Law and Social Justice at University of Liverpool. Kate completed her PhD at Monash in 2012, following which she was appointed as a Lecturer in Criminology at Deakin University. During her four years at Deakin, Kate was a visiting academic in the Centre for Criminology at Oxford University (2013), The Faculty of Law at University of Auckland (2015) and the School of Justice at Queensland University of Technology (2015).
Kate researches in the area of family violence, legal responses to lethal violence and the effects of homicide law and sentencing reform in Australian and international jurisdictions. This research is undertaken with a key focus on issues relating to gender, constructions of responsibility and justice, and has been informed by over 150 interviews conducted by Kate with members of the Australian, English and American criminal justice systems. The findings of her research have been published in high impact criminology and law journals and presented at national and international criminology conferences.
Kate has advised on homicide law reform reviews in several Australian jurisdictions.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Violence against women
Legal responses to lethal violence
Partial defences to murder
Homicide law reform
Youth perpetrated violence