Office for Research (Law)

The Office for Research is an administrative unit of Melbourne Law School that supports the Associate Dean (Research) and the Faculty Research and Law Library Committee

The Office for Research is responsible for the strategic and operational management of research at the faculty level and provides expertise and support services to staff and graduate researchers across the following five domains:

  1. Research Strategy and Planning
  2. Research Development and Funding
  3. Graduate Research Degree Program
  4. Research Publications and Reporting
  5. Research Ethics

General Enquiries

+61 3 8344 8946
Mailing Address
Office for Research, Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Australia
Street Address
Office for Research, Level 3, Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham Street, Carlton, Victoria 3053, Australia
Opening Hours
Monday-Friday, 8.45am-5.00pm

Associate Dean, Research

  • Associate Professor Dale Smith

    Telephone: +61 3 9035 5239


    Associate Dean, Research (ADR) provides academic guidance on research and research training in the Law School.

    ADR works closely with the Office for Research, and with the Graduate Research Coordinators to ensure that the MLS Graduate Research Degree program assists students to reach their research goals.

    ADR is also responsible for providing academic assistance to staff preparing research grants, together with grant mentors Professor Sarah Biddulph, Professor Hilary Charlesworth, Professor Christine Parker and Professor Andrew Kenyon.

Director, Research & Industry

  • Dr Madeline Grey

    Telephone: +61 3 9035 4257


    Madeline oversees the strategic planning and management of research activities within Melbourne Law School. She is responsible for the MLS Research & Industry portfolio including the Office for Research, the Academic Research Service and the MLS Research Centres.

Manager, Office for Research

  • Ms Cat Knights

    Telephone: +61 3 8344 9600


    Cat is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Office for Research. This includes working with the Law School’s academic staff to provide support for planning, management and reporting of research, business development, publications and graduate research student activities within Melbourne Law School. Cat also leads the identification and targeted promotion of domestic and international research funding opportunities (including Category 2-4), increasing research activity and supporting research excellence.

Management Accountant (Research & Industry)

  • Mr Jason Jiang

    Telephone: +61 3 8344 5108


    Jason manages post-award matters for Law for research grants and contracts and University of Melbourne research funding schemes, and also provides support in preparing budgets for funding applications and responding to queries regarding funding.

Grants Coordinator

  • Ms Mas Generis

    Telephone: +61 3 8344 9983


    Working Days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

    Mas coordinates the Law School's pre-award research funding.  She provides expertise and support related to:

    • Grant, award and fellowship applications for academic staff and graduate researchers
    • Research contracts and budgets
    • General advice on research funding schemes, submission guidelines and application deadlines
    • Statistics and reporting related to Research and Research Training, in particular research funding
    • General research queries

Research Officers

  • Ms Angela Hendley-Boys

    Telephone: +61 3 8344 1090


    Angela coordinates and provides expertise and advice on the following:

    • Collection and classification of research publications of both academic staff and Law students
    • Maintenance of publications data on academic staff profiles
    • Promotion of academic papers on SSRN and AustLII
    • Coordination of copyright permissions for academic staff for Open Access papers
    • Maintaining the Research, Graduate Research Degree and Staff Profile sections of the Law School's website

    Angela is also the Committee Secretary to the Law School's Human Ethics Advisory Group (HEAG), manages nominations for the annual Harold Luntz prize and the Chancellor's Prize for Excellence in the PhD thesis.

  • Ms Rebecca Croser

    Telephone: +61 3 9035 4078


    Rebecca coordinates the Law School's Graduate Research Degree program and is responsible for:

    • Grant, award and fellowship applications for academic staff and graduate researchers
    • Graduate Research Degree and policy advice
    • Graduate Research Degree examinations and thesis submissions
    • Graduate Research Degree milestone and panel meetings
    • Graduate Research Degree supervisor training and registration
    • Graduate Research events
    • Facilities and resources support including student workspaces
    • Teaching Fellowship Program
  • Ms Steph Johnson

    Telephone: +61 3 8344 9161


    Steph coordinates the Law School's Graduate Research Degree program and is responsible for:

    • Graduate Research Degree and policy advice
    • Graduate Research Degree admissions and scholarships
    • Graduate Research Degree milestone and panel meetings
    • Candidature variations

Research Administration Officer

  • Ms Lauren  Newton

    Telephone: +61 3 8344 8946


    Lauren provides administrative support to the Office for Research and the Associate Dean (Research). Responsibilities include:

    • Responding to general enquiries
    • Compiling weekly bulletins for academics and graduate researchers
    • Organising research events hosted by the Office for Research
    • Providing secretariat support to the Law School's Research and Law Library Committee and its Research Finance Sub-Commitee
    • Adhoc projects under the directive from Research & Industry Manager