Brianna O'Shea

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Brianna O'Shea

PhD Candidate in Criminology
Teaching Fellow, Police Studies

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Miss Brianna O’Shea is a PhD Candidate in Criminology at the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies and a Teaching Fellow in Police Studies in the Politics and International Relations Program. Her main research interest is stalking.


Brianna O’Shea has a Bachelor of Behavioural Science majoring in Psychology, Criminology and Behavioural Neuroscience and a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Criminology from the University of Tasmania. Brianna is a PhD Candidate at the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (TILES) and an Associate Lecturer in Police Studies at the University of Tasmania. Brianna is also currently working as a Criminology and Cybercrime Tutor at the University of Canberra. Before commencing her Teaching Fellowship, Brianna provided supplementary tuition to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying University award level courses. She received the Australian Postgraduate Award for her PhD study titled ‘The Investigation and Prosecution of Cyberstalking in Australia’.

Career summary



Thesis title



Date of award



University of Tasmania



BA (1st Class Hons)

Intimate partner stalking: Critical analysis of the Power and Control Wheel from the perspectives of family support services, forensic mental health, law enforcement and welfare services

University of Tasmania




Professional practice

The Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC)

The Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS)


Criminology, Police Studies, Forensics, Cybercrime, Psychology

Teaching expertise

In 2016, Brianna was awarded a Teaching Merit Certificate for effective implementation and delivery of the Tasmania Police Professionalisation Pathway (TP3), throughout 2015 with Dr Isabelle Bartkowiak-Theron, Dr Romy Winter and Ms Sancia West. Also in 2016, she was awarded a Teaching Fellowship in Police Studies in the Politics and International Relations Program.

Teaching responsibility

University of Tasmania

What is Policing? HSP108

Risk Management: Public Disorder HSP130

Policing Practices in Context HSP314

Workplace and Community Safety HSP132

University of Canberra

Cybercrime 7026

Cybercrime Graduate Level 7565

Criminology 9177

Criminology Graduate Level 7564

Research Invitations

November 2016, Invited speaker, the 29th Annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference, Hobart, Australia.

June 2016, Invited speaker, the 4th International Conference on Cybercrime and Computer Forensics (ICCCF) at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

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Research Themes

Brianna’s research aligns with the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (TILES) commitment to improving the quality of law enforcement and enhancing community safety. As part of her PhD, Brianna is involved in research collaboration between the University of Tasmania, Department of Police and Emergency Management and the University of Canberra. Her innovative, collaborative and interdisciplinary research focuses on developing a deeper understanding of cyberstalking in Australia and contributing to national guidelines for criminal justice agency responses as there are currently no national uniform stalking laws. Brianna’s current research interests include crime prevention and child exploitation material, revenge porn and justice agency responses to cybercrime.


Australian Postgraduate Award.

Fields of Research

  • Causes and Prevention of Crime (160201)
  • Police Administration, Procedures and Practice (160205)

Research Objectives

  • Government and Politics (940299)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)


Total publications


Other Public Output

(2 outputs)
2015Bartkowiak- Theron I, O'Shea B, 'Response to the Tasmania Law Reform Institute Issues paper n 21 - Bullying', Tasmania Law Reform Institute Issues paper n 21 - Bullying, Tasmania Law Reform Institute, Australia, pp. 1-8. (2015) [Report Other]

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Co-authors: Bartkowiak- Theron I

2014O'Shea B, 'Intimate Partner Stalking from the Perspectives of Family Support Services, Forensic Mental Health, Law Enforcement and Welfare Services', Final Report, Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies, Australia, pp. 1-11. (2014) [Report Other]

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