Professor Michael Flood

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Doctor of Philosophy (Australian National University)

Dr Michael Flood is a Professor in the School of Justice at QUT. His research agenda focuses on gender, sexuality, and interpersonal violence. Dr Flood’s research at present is focused on interpersonal violence and its prevention, and in particular on engaging men in violence prevention, and on men, masculinities, and gender justice.

Dr Flood’s international standing is demonstrated by publication with important international publishers and in leading international and national journals, success in competitively funded projects, and extensive involvement as a keynote speaker and invited assessor. The value of his research is further demonstrated by its significant impact on policy and programming, through direct influence on government policies, contributions to international expert meetings and government and community reference groups, and participation in public debate.

Dr Flood has published widely on topics including violence against women and violence prevention, men and masculinities, profeminist men’s advocacy, male heterosexuality, fathering, and pornography. He has made a significant contribution to scholarly and community understanding of men’s and boys’ involvements in preventing violence against women and building gender equality. Dr Flood has published 44 journal articles, 29 book chapters, a sole-authored book, a co-authored book, two edited collections, 37 commissioned research monographs, and over 80 other publications. He is the author of Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention (2019), the co-author of Masculinity and Violent Extremism (2022), the lead editor of Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality (2015) and The International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities (2007).

Dr Flood’s work is widely cited. Based on Google Scholar data, Flood’s h-index is 40 and his i10-index is 83 (number of papers with at least 10 citations). Dr Flood’s research has attracted $2.43million of external funding.

Dr Flood is also a well-regarded teacher. His teaching has received outstanding student evaluations and exemplary subject evaluations. In 2011 Dr Flood was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning (Faculty Early Career Academic Award, University of Wollongong).

Finally, Dr Flood has an extensive record of community and professional engagement. He has contributed to social change campaigns, worked with sporting and military organizations, participated in international expert meetings, and shaped national prevention frameworks. Dr Flood has been involved in large-scale research and education projects with such organisations as VicHealth, the National Rugby League (NRL), the Australian Football League (AFL), and the Australian Defence Force (ADF). He has provided expert advice to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Human Rights Commission, Universities Australia, White Ribbon Australia, Our Watch, and other organisations. He has contributed to agenda-setting frameworks for violence prevention practice and policy, including Preventing Violence Before It Occurs (2007), Respectful Relationships Education (2009), National Standards for the Primary Prevention of Sexual Assault through Education (2009), and Change the Story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia (2015).

Additional information

Research Grants

Grants awarded

2022-2024     ARC Discovery, Anti-women online movements: Pathways and patterns of participation. J. Roose, M. Flood; D. Ging ($441,037 over two years)

2020-2022     Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies (CRIS), Deakin University. Issues of masculinity, gender justice and social cohesion: evaluating programs for young men. A. Keddie, A. Halafoff, S. Idriss, M. Flood, S. Hewson-Munro, M. Delaney ($90,885 over two years).

2019-2020     Countering Violent Extremism Research Grants, Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS), Victorian Government. Challenging the use of Masculinity as a Recruit Mechanism in Extremist Narratives. J. Roose, M. Flood, and M. Alfano ($201,750 over one year).

2015-2018     ARC Linkage Project. Violence Against Women - A Media Intervention. M. Simons, J. Morgan, M. Flood, K. Diemer, K. Hegarty, D. Muller, and L. Tarzia ($108,181 over two years).

2015-2019     ARC Future Fellowship. Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention: Effective directions for practice, M. Flood ($640,275 over four years, Feb. 2015 – Feb. 2019)

2015              UOW Global Challenges Strategic Funding. Visible Parenting in the Workplace: Implications, costs and strategies, N. Klocker, D. Drozdzewski, M. Flood, J. Atchison, S. Hamylton, and J. Croft ($5,000).

2014-2016     Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) Foundation Grant. Promoting Early Intervention with Men’s Use of Violence in Relationships Through Primary Care, K. Hegarty, L. Tarzia, R. Vlais, M. Flood, G. Feder, and C. Humphreys ($49,009 over two years).

2011-2013     ARC Linkage Project. Taking a Stand: A Study of the Effectiveness of Measures to Introduce Culture Change to End Violence against Women in a Major Sporting Organisation in Australia, S. Dyson, M. Flood, and M. Carmody ($149,073 over three years).

2007              AusAID Gender Equality Training for the Australian Aid Program, ANU Enterprise (The Australian National University) ($449,519).

2004-2007     Postdoctoral Fellowship, ARC Discovery Program. Young Heterosexual Men’s Sexual Relations: Contributions to sexual and reproductive health ($183,962 over three years).

1994-1997     Commonwealth AIDS Research Grants (CARG) Scholarship, Commonwealth Department of Community Services and Health ($54,000 over three years).

Total funding awarded: $1,840,769


Co-authorship of a commissioned report, Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment: Considerations for BHP, 2021-2022 ($112,000)

Co-authorship of a commissioned report on work with men and boys for gender equality, UN Women, 2018-2020 ($10,000)

Co-authorship of a commissioned report on violence prevention education (consent education) in universities, July 2018 ($20,200)

Co-authorship of a commissioned report on backlash to gender equality initiatives, VicHealth, June 2018 ($10,000)

Co-authorship of a commissioned report on engaging men in workplaces in work towards gender equality, Diversity Council of Australia, February 2018 ($6,000)

Expert Witness Report on gender and domestic violence, for the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), in relation to its application to the Fair Work Commission for paid family and domestic violence leave, May 2, 2016 ($6,000)

Development and facilitation (x 3) of a one-day workshop on men and violence prevention as part of White Ribbon Australia’s regional forums, 2015 ($7,102)

Co-authorship of two background papers to support the development of the National Framework to Prevent Violence Against Women and Their Children, 2015 ($2,000)

Review and assessment of the draft New Zealand Sexual Violence Primary Prevention Programme Evaluation Framework, 2015 ($375)

Authorship of a Healthy Relationships and Sexual Ethics Education Program for the Australian Defence Force (ADF), 2014 ($29,000)

Expert validation of the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Healthy Relationships and Sexual Ethics Program, 2013-2014 ($8,750).

Invited Co-Author, Bystanders and the Prevention of Workplace Sexual Harassment, Human Rights Commission, 2011-2012 ($5,000).

Invited Author, Submission on behalf of the White Ribbon Foundation to the Victorian Government’s Consultation Framework for an Action Plan to Address Violence against Women and their Children, 2012 ($2,225).

Invited Author, An Evaluation of the LoveBites Violence Prevention Program. Sydney: National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN), 2011 ($9,125)

Invited Author, Where Men Stand: Men’s roles in ending violence against women. Sydney: White Ribbon Prevention Research Series, No. 2, 2010 ($6,914)

Invited Author, Engaging Men and Boys in Building Gender Equality. Information Paper for Beijing+15. Melbourne: Jera International, 2010 ($2,250).

Invited Co-Author, An Assault on Our Future: The impact of violence on young people and their relationships, White Ribbon Foundation, 2008 ($4,000).

Invited Co-Author, World Health Organization Men and Gender Policy Brief: Policy approaches to involving men and boys in achieving gender equality, 2008 ($4,200).

Invited Author, Preventing Violence Before It Occurs: A framework and background paper to guide the primary prevention of violence against women in Victoria, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth), 2007 ($6,000).

Contributor, Program Evaluation Of The AFL “Sexual Assault - Respectful Behaviours In Sport” Education Module & Dissemination Strategy For State/Territory Leagues, Australian Football League, 2006-2007 ($1,000).

Invited Expert, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) Violence Against Women Community Attitudes Project, 2005-2006 ($4,000).

Invited Expert, National Rugby League (NRL) Violence Prevention Project, 2004-2005 ($4,000).

Invited Co-Author, The Impact of X-rated and Internet Pornography on Young People’s Attitudes and Values, The Australia Institute, November 2002 - February 2003 ($8,000).

Pacific Men’s Health Workshop, Australian Reproductive Health Association, Fiji, 14-18 October 2002 (Facilitation of a 5-day workshop for men from around the Pacific, and a report on the week) ($4,000).

Total consultancy funding awarded: $154,141


2021       QUT Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice Contribution to Public Policy and Debate Award

QUT Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice External Partnerships and Social Impact Award

2011       Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning (Faculty Early Career Academic Award).

2006       NSW Violence Against Women Prevention Award (one of 10 given each year nationally), for playing “an important role in raising community and professional awareness of the issue of violence prevention”, NSW Department of Community Services.

2002       2nd prize, Best Up-and-Coming Researcher Competition, Culture, Health & Sexuality journal.

Conference Papers

Keynote and Invited Addresses (reverse order)

I have given 71 keynote or invited addresses, including 23 to international gatherings.


“Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention: Rationale, evidence, principles, and policy.” Consultation on the role of men/boys and youth in GBV prevention, USG Strategy to Prevent and Respond to GBV Globally (Promundo-US and USAID), February 4.


“Mobilising Men to Take Action for the Prevention of Violence Against Women: Theory and Practice.” Fast Track Intensive Leadership Program (Domestic Violence Victoria and Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria), July 15


“One Step Forward, Two Steps Back. Where are we heading with gender equality?” United Nations Development Programme High Level Dialogue, November 25.

“Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention: Towards an Intersectional Feminist Social Justice Approach.” 20th Annual Diverse Voices Family Violence Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, November 12-13.

“Healthier Masculinities for Gender Equality.” Women’s Health In the South East (WHISE), Melbourne, January 28.


“Engaging Men in Violence Prevention.” Pacific Regional Dialogue on Engaging Men in the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls (Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) and UN Women Fiji), Sigatoka, Fiji, September 16-20.

“Pornography: Ten Points in Ten Minutes.” Leading Change Summit (Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters), Alberta, Canada, February 19-21.

“Engaging Men & Boys: Learnings from Down Under and All Over.” Leading Change Summit (Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters), Alberta, Canada, February 19-21.

“Engaging Men to Become Allies for Women in the Workplace.” Third Annual Canadian Women in Management Conference, Toronto, February 12-13.


“Mobilising men to build gender justice: Strategies for effective movement-building.” STOP Domestic Violence Conference Australia, Gold Coast, December 3-5.

“Engaging men in the prevention of men’s violence against women: How to get men in the door, inspire and mobilise them, and reduce resistance.” Connexions 15th Annual Conference, Central Coast, NSW, November 26.

“Engaging men in the prevention of family violence: Case studies from communities, sports, and campuses. 2nd Annual Working with Men to Tackle Family Violence Conference: Ensuring the safety of women & children, Sydney, February 13-14.


“Exploring international best-practice pornography education.” Putting Porn in Focus: Addressing porn’s impact on young people, Wellington, New Zealand, August 3.

“Reframing Masculinity.” Working with Men to Tackle Family Violence, Sydney, February 14-15.


“Fostering boys’ and men’s resistance to pornography.” Pornography and Harms to Children and Young People Symposium, University of New South Wales, Sydney, UNSW (Collective Shout), February 9.

“An Intersectional Approach to Engaging Men.” Invited address, Prevalent & Preventable: Practice & Policy in the Prevention of Violence against Women and Children, AVAWA and WESNET, Adelaide, 19-22 September.

“How to get a job and change the world: Tips, trials, and confessions in academia and activism.” Keynote address, Intersections: Gender and Women’s Studies postgraduate conference, University of South Australia, Adelaide, 19-20 September.

“Is gender equality good for men?” Invited public lecture, University of Malta, 4 April.


“The Turn to Men in Gender Politics.” Keynote address, Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ) Conference, Waikato University in Hamilton, 9-11 December

“Forging Alliances between Academics and Activists.” Invited presentation, Final Plenary Panel, International Conference on Masculinities: Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equality, New York, 5-8 March.

“How Do We Shift Men’s Relations to pornography? An assessment of abstinence (feminist and Christian), sexuality education, critical literacy, and other strategies.” Invited address, Gender and Sexual Politics Symposium, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 28 January.


“Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention: The development of a field.” Invited address, UWS Research and Practice Workshop: Engaging men and boys in preventing violence against women, Sydney, 20 November.

“Critical Issues on Violence Against Women: International Perspectives and Promising Strategies.” Annual Conference for Domestic Violence NSW, Sydney, 22-23 October.


“Engaging Boys and Young Men in Preventing Men’s Violence Against Women: Progress and challenges.” New Zealand Family Planning Conference, Wellington, 31 October – 2 November.

“Gender and LGBTIQ Domestic and Family Violence.” 2nd National Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender & Intersex Domestic and Family Violence Conference, Sydney, 19 September.

“The Prevention of Men’s Violence Against Women.” Regional Domestic Violence Conference, Wagga Wagga, 11-12 July.

“Gender and Domestic Violence: Comparing women and men as victims and perpetrators of domestic violence.” Women & Child Health Symposium, Sydney, 11 July.

“Involving Men in Ending Violence Against Women: Facing challenges and making change.” Keynote address, White Ribbon Conference (Global to Local: Preventing Men’s Violence against Women – Research, Policy and Practice in One Space), Sydney, 13-15 May.


“Damned Lies and Statistics: Understanding Gender and Partner Violence.” Symposium, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse, Sydney, 6 December.

“He Hits, She Hits: Assessing debates regarding men’s and women’s experiences of domestic violence. Seminar, Videocast and DVD Resource, Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (CDFVR), CQUniversity, 22 June.


“Building Community Capacity to Evaluate Violence Prevention.” Regional Skills Building Workshop on Primary Prevention of Gender-based Violence, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 3-5 November.

“Let’s Stop Violence Before It Starts: Using primary prevention strategies to engage men, mobilise communities, and change the world.” United Against Domestic Violence – Engaging All Men in Prevention, Mt Gambier, South Australia, 15 July.


“Gender and Violence Prevention: Four difficult issues.” Seminar, Psychology, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 30 July.

“Violence Among Young People: Social and cultural determinants and effective strategies of primary prevention.” ARACY (Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth) Seminar Series on Adolescent Behaviour, 22 June.

“Violence, Family Law, and Fathering.” Presentation to In the Best Interests of the Child: Outcomes for children in family law, South Coast Family Pathways Network, Nowra, 17 March.


“Pornography, Harm, and the Regulation of Internet Content.” Presentation to The Tangled Web; Beyond an internet filter, forum, Melbourne, 27 April.

“Prevention of Sexual Assault: Theoretical perspectives.” FAMSACA Conference – Forensic and Medical Sexual Assault Clinicians Australia Inc., Sydney, 28 February.

“Men’s Roles in Sexual Exploitation and its Prevention.” Global Symposium on Engaging Men and Boys in Achieving Gender Equality, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 30 March – 3 April.


“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Men, masculinities, and crime prevention.” Masculinities and Crime Seminar, Institute of Criminology, University of Sydney, 3 November.

Panel, “Masculinity and Sexual Risk-taking in Asia and the Pacific.” Everyday Lives: The 10th Social Research Conference on HIV, Hepatitis C and Related Diseases. National Centre in HIV Social Research (NCHSR), University of New South Wales, 27-28 March.


“Men and Gender in Policy and Advocacy.” Technical Consultation – Engaging Men and Boys in Sexual and Reproductive Health, Gender-Based Violence Prevention, Fatherhood, and Maternal and Child Health, UNFPA – WHO – Instituto Promundo – MenEngage, Salzburg, Austria, 29 November – 1 December.

“Boys, Sex, and Porn: New technologies and old dangers.” Whatever Happened to Child Sexual Abuse? BASPSCAN and Nottingham Trent University Unit for Critical Studies in Men and Masculinities, London, 29 November.

“Preventing Intimate Partner Violence.” Domestic Violence: Examining Practice, Port Stephens, 1 November.

“Explaining, and Preventing, Intimate Partner Violence.” Women’s Domestic Violence Court Assistance Program (Legal Aid Commission) Conference, Sydney, 2 August.

“Supporting Separated Fathers and Encouraging Men’s Positive Involvement in Parenting.” The Field of Fatherhood: Crossings of the Terrain, Conference, Hawke Institute for Sustainable Societies, University of South Australia, 19 June.

“Harmful Traditional and Cultural Practices Related to Violence Against Women and Successful Strategies to Eliminate such Practices – Working with Men.” United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) Expert Group Meeting - Strategies for implementing the recommendations from the Secretary-General’s Study on Violence against Women with Particular Emphasis on the Role of National Machineries, Bangkok, Thailand, 26-27 April.

“Explaining, and Preventing, Intimate Partner Violence.” Women’s Domestic Violence Court Assistance Program (Legal Aid Commission) – Ten year anniversary celebration, Sydney, 8 March.


“Violence Prevention With Men: Strategies and Challenges.” Second International Colloquium of Studies on Men and Masculinities, Guadalajara, Mexico, 21-23 June.

“The Debate Over Men’s Versus Women’s Family Violence.” AIJA (Australian Institute of Judicial Administration) Family Violence Conference, Adelaide, 23-24 February.

“Separated Fathers and the Fathers’ Rights Movement.” Feminism, Law and the Family Workshop, Law School, University of Melbourne, 24 February.


“Mainstreaming Men in Gender and Development.” AusAID Gender Seminar Series, Canberra, 8 December.

“Father’s Rights and Family Law.” Community Law in the 21st Century: National Community Legal Centres Conference, Canberra, 9-12 October.

“Fathers’ Rights and Violence Against Women.” Refocusing Women’s Experiences of Violence, Sydney, 14-16 September.

“Raising the Profile of Domestic Violence as a Gender-Based Issue.” Women’s Domestic Violence Court Assistance Program Conference (Legal Aid Commission), Sydney, 31 August – 1 September.

“Children, the Internet, and Pornography.” Sexual Integrity Forum, Parliament House, Canberra, 8-9 August.

“Sexual Ethics.” Vincent Fairfax Fellowship Symposium 2005, Sydney, 22-24 July.

“Boys, Young Men and Gender Equality.” United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, Panel: Future perspectives on the promotion of gender equality: Through the eyes of young women and men, New York, 9 March.


“Between Sex and Violence: Men, power, and sexual assault.” 3rd Annual Centre for Social Change Conference, Centre for Social Change Research, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, 29 October.

“Men’s Roles in the Promotion of Gender Equality in the Asia-Pacific Region.” United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) High-level Intergovernmental Meeting to Review Regional Implementation Of the Beijing Platform for Action, and its Regional and Global Outcomes, Bangkok, Thailand, 7-10 September.

“Men’s Role in the Public Politics of Gender Equality.” Universal Forum of Cultures Barcelona 2004, Barcelona, Spain, 31 July.

“Men and Masculinities in Academic Scholarship.” Universal Forum of Cultures Barcelona 2004, Barcelona, Spain, 30 July.

“Youth, Sex, and the Internet.” Internet, Media and Mental Health Conference, Brisbane, 21-24 April.


“Addressing the Sexual Cultures of Heterosexual Men: Key strategies in involving men and boys in HIV/AIDS prevention.” Expert Group Meeting on The role of men and boys in achieving gender equality, United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), Brasilia, Brazil, 21-24 October.

“Gender, Homophobia and Heterosexism.” Anti-Homophobia Interagency Roundtable: Gender Construction and Its Impact on Homophobia, Sydney, 27 August.

“Deconstructing the Culture of Sexual Assault: Violence prevention education among men.” Practice and Prevention: Contemporary Issues in Adult Sexual Assault in New South Wales, University of Technology Sydney, 12-14 February.

2000 – 2002

“Engaging Men in Ending Family Violence.” Unraveling the Complexities of Family Violence… A Holistic Approach, Coffs Harbour, 7-8 March 2002.

“Lust, Trust and Latex: Encouraging young heterosexual men to use condoms.” Family Planning ACT Sexual Health Update for Doctors. 3 November 2001.

“Men’s Sexual Health: Patterns, issues and strategies.” Innovations to Excite: Women’s and Sexual Health Nurses Associations, Fifth National Conference, Canberra, 1-2 November 2001.

“Masculine Understandings: Why young heterosexual men don’t use condoms.” Expanding Men’s Interest in Reproductive Health, Australian Reproductive Health Alliance (ARHA) Forum, CHOGM, Brisbane, 8 October 2001.

“Engaging Men in Stopping Violence.” Expanding Men’s Interest in Reproductive Health, Forum, CHOGM, Brisbane, 8 October 2001.

“Men’s Roles in Achieving Gender Justice.” Australian Women Speak: Inaugural National Women’s Conference, Canberra, 26-28 August 2001.

“Men, Masculinities and Gender Studies.” 8th Interdisciplinary Gender Studies Conference, University of Newcastle (Central Coast Campus), 29 June 2001.

“Men, Masculinities, and Men’s Violence.” Regional Violence Against Women Conference, Tumut, 13-14 October 2000.

Other Conference and Seminar Presentations

I have given 43 further conference and seminar presentations.