Associate Professor Erin O'Brien

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Senior Lecturer, Faculty of CI, Education & Social Justice

PhD (University of Queensland), MA (University of Durham)

Dr Erin O’Brien is an Associate Professor and ARC DECRA Fellow in the School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology. Erin’s current research examines political activism and advocacy strategies for social justice, human rights and environmental sustainability, with a particular focus on ethical consumerism, and investor activism. Erin’s research is concerned with studying the interplay between activists and the state in the construction of knowledge and formation of policy. Research interests
  • Political activism, advocacy and resistance
  • Ethical consumerism and shareholder activism
  • Tactics and influence of political interest groups
  • Political narrative and storytelling
  • Modern slavery and human trafficking
Erin is the leader of the Activism and Social Change research group, and a Chief Investigator in the QUT Centre for Justice. She is currently supervising PhD projects on civil society activism and narrative politics in relation to modern slavery, youth social movements, and extremism. Background Erin has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Queensland, a MA in Social Policy from the University of Durham, UK, and a BA (Honours) in International Relations from the University of Queensland, Australia. Prior to entering academia, Erin worked in strategic communications in the government and not-for-profit sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom. Books
  • Challenging the Human Trafficking Narrative: Victims, Villains, and Heroes, by Erin O'Brien. Routledge 2019.
  • The Politics of Sex Trafficking: A Moral Geography, by Erin O'Brien, Sharon Hayes and Belinda Carpenter. Palgrave Macmillan 2013.
  • Crime, Justice and Social Democracy: International Perspectives, edited by Kerry Carrington, Matthew Ball, Erin O'Brien and Juan Tauri. Palgrave Macmillan 2013.
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Additional information

Type
Recipient of an Australia Council Grant or Australia Council Fellowship
Reference year
2021
Details
Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellowship
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2020
Details
Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching and Research Excellence
Title
Australian Civil Society Combating Modern Slavery with Ethical Consumerism
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DE210100735
Start year
2021
Keywords
Title
Strategies for Improving Labour Conditions Within the Australian Cotton Value Chain
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
QUT1903 (1819FRP051)
Start year
2019
Keywords
  • Corporate Social Responsibility, Responsibility Framing, Modern Slavery, Fashion Industry
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Bree Hurst, Associate Professor Alice Payne
  • Fighting Modern Slavery on Facebook: Clicktivism, Slacktivism or Active Offline Participation?
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Helen Berents
  • Neutralisation techniques in narrative construction by right-wing extremist and Islamic extremist groups
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Jodi Death, Dr Helen Berents
  • Bringing generations together: Exploring intergenerational dialogue in youth-led social movements in Latin America
    PhD, Mentoring Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Helen Berents, Dr Caitlin Mollica