MS Kate O'Halloran

MS Kate O'Halloran


  • Feminist media studies
  • Gender equity and sport
  • Journalism
  • LGBTIQ and feminist activism
  • LGBTIQ family violence
  • Politics and neoliberalism
  • Video gaming
  • Violence against women



  • Dr Kate O'Halloran is an early career researcher in the Department of General Practice at The University of Melbourne. She currently works as Academic Convenor of the Melbourne Alliance to End Violence against women and their children (MAEVe). Prior to this role, she worked as Training Coordinator and Trainer at Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) and Research Officer at Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS) on the National Community Attitudes towards Violence Against Women Survey. She holds a PhD in Gender and Cultural Studies from The University of Sydney entitled "Theory, politics and community: Ethical dilemmas in Sydney and Melbourne queer activist collectives" and is interested in the intersections of feminist and LGBTIQ politics and activism, particularly as they centre around interpersonal and community conflict. She is currently leading a research grant with Drummond Street Services, Victorian Aids Council and The University of Melbourne on the dynamics of LGBTIQ family violence. She is also lead researcher on the Lived Experience Advisory Panel (LEAP), a MAEVe initiative which invites survivors of violence against women to design a research project with members of the MAEVe steering committee. The project seeks to develop a model for how to best establish and run such a panel, and evaluate its effects. Ultimately, LEAP seeks to learn how best to listen to the needs of women who have experienced violence in a genuinely collaborative, supportive and reciprocal way. Kate also works as a freelance journalist, and has contributed to a number of publications such as: The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The Age, The Advocate and more.   



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Sydney 2015
  • P.G. Dip, University of Melbourne 2008
  • B.A. (Hons), University of Melbourne 2007

Awards and honors

  • Host institution: Freie Universität, Berlin, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), 2011
  • Host institution: The University of Sydney, Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), 2010


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am available to co-supervise Honours students. My research interests include: - LGBTIQ family violence - Violence against women and their children - LGBTIQ activism - Feminist activism - Feminist media studies - Gender equity and sport - Journalism - Politics (neoliberalism, network societies, identity politics, globalisation and climate change)