Faculty Research Seminar Series

Melbourne Law School's Faculty Research Seminar Series is a place to present and discuss work-in-progress, promising arguments and early drafts to interested staff, graduate researchers and visitors

In Semester 1, 2021 seminars will be organised and hosted by Dr Scott Stephenson and Associate Professor Alysia Blackham.

The seminars are held weekly on Mondays during semester from 1.00pm - 2.00pm.

The presenter will speak for about 30 minutes, followed by time for questions.

2021 Semester 1 Program

  • 8 March 2021 - Dr Rhian Parker (Academic Convenor of MAEVe) with Professor Heather Douglas (Commentator)

    Ending violence against women and their children

    In recognition of International Women’s Day, the first Faculty Research Seminar will profile the work of MAEVe, an interdisciplinary research group run under the auspices of the Melbourne Social Equity Institute – our new neighbours on Level 7.

    The Melbourne Research Alliance to End Violence against women and their children (MAEVe) is a cross disciplinary group across the university which works towards research and action to end violence against women and children. It aims to bring together researchers from across the University in partnership with community, industry and government agencies, to tackle the problem of violence against women and their children. MAEVe strives to make a difference to the lives of women, families and communities by addressing and preventing the problem of violence against women through interdisciplinary and intra-institutional collaboration. Preventing and responding to violence against women and children is not the domain or responsibility of any one discipline. We believe that by working together we can be more effective and innovative in our ongoing efforts to end violence against women and their children. MAEVe is partnered with the Safer Families Centre of Research Excellence.

    MAEVe also works with a group of women survivors of family and sexual violence to focus on research priorities identified by survivors. The WEAVERs (Women and children who have Experienced Abuse and ViolencE: Researchers and advisorS) are women who have survived domestic or family violence informing, advising and co-designing our research. The WEAVERs group was established to ensure that the voices of women and children are central to the work of MAEVe and more broadly to the Safer Families Centre.

    Dr Rhian Parker is the Academic Convenor of MAEVe. Dr Parker is a sociologist by training and has spent many years of teaching and researching in the area of primary health care. Dr Parker has held academic positions at the University of Queensland, University of Melbourne, Monash University and the Australian National University.

    Professor Heather Douglas will kickstart the discussion and facilitate the session.