Dr Angela Dwyer is an Associate Professor in Police Studies and Emergency Management at the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, University of Tasmania. She is a Senior Researcher in the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies and a member of the “Vulnerability, Resilience, and Policing Research Consortium.” She is a leading scholar on how sexuality, gender, and sex diversity influences policing and criminal justice experiences, and how young people from vulnerable groups experience policing. Angela joined the University of Tasmania in November 2015. Previously, she was a Lecturer (2007-2011) and Senior Lecturer (2011-2015) with the School of Justice, Faculty of Law, at the Queensland University of Technology.

Angela is a sociologist and leading international scholar on the policing experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people. She is an experienced qualitative researcher and has conducted semi-structured interviews across multiple projects with many vulnerable populations. In her time at QUT, she was successful in securing more than $130,000 of external research funding. Her outstanding research performance was recognised by being awarded two QUT Vice Chancellors Awards for Research Excellence (in 2010 and 2012). Her latest research project with Dr Kelly Richards focuses on the policing experiences of young people with intellectual disabilities in Queensland. Her completed research projects have focused on:

  • surveying and interviewing LGBTI people, and interviewing LGBTI police liaison officers, about LGBTI police liaison services in QLD, NSW, and WA
  • evaluating police-citizens youth clubs (PCYS’s) in Queensland
  • LGBTI young people’s experiences of policing in Queensland
  • LGBTI youth service providers’ perspectives on LGBTI youth-police relationships
  • LGBTI police officers’ historical experiences in Queensland

Angela is lead editor of Queering Criminology, with Dr Matthew Ball and Dr Thomas Crofts, published with Palgrave Macmillan, and she is currently on the editorial board for Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures.