Charlotte Hunn

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Charlotte Hunn

Research Fellow
Lecturer in law

Room 3.05 , Law

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Dr Charlotte Hunn is a Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania. Her research interests include crime prevention and penal policy, child sexual abuse material offences, internet offending, novice-offending, primary and secondary prevention, and serious violent offending. Charlotte lectures in criminal law, and a number of other undergraduate law units. She is currently working on an Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Grant project entitled “Automated internet warnings to prevent viewing of minor-adult sex images”.


Charlotte completed her PhD in law at the University of Tasmania in 2018. Her PhD explored public knowledge and beliefs about the criminalisation of child exploitation material and the implications for crime prevention policy and strategies. Throughout her PhD, Charlotte held various positions with the Law School, including as a tutor and lecturer in criminal law and as a research assistant on the ARC National Jury Sentencing Project. After completing her PhD, Charlotte took up the position of lecturer, teaching and coordinating a number of law units (including LAW121 Introduction to Law; LAW122 Legal Systems; LAW351 Criminal Law A; LAW352 Criminal Law B; LAH401 Honours Research Methods (Law); and, LAW658 Sex Crimes and Criminals). Charlotte is also the Coordinator of Student Marketing and Outreach for the Faculty of Law.

Career summary


PhD, University of Tasmania, Australia, 2018. Thesis: Internet Users’ Perceptions of Child Exploitation Material: Lessons for Prevention

BA/LLB (1st Class Hons), University of Tasmania, Australia, 2013.

Languages (other than English)

Italian (intermediate)


Teaching expertise

Criminal Law; Research Methods (Honours); Introduction to Law; Legal Systems.

Charlotte has coordinated LAW121 (Intensive), she is a co-coordinator of LAW352 Criminal Law B, and coordinates LAW122 Legal Systems. She has also lectured into a number of other law units.

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Charlotte's research interests include legal and policy issues relating to the prevention of online offending, in particular, child exploitation material offences and the use of empirical research methods to examine online offending. Her research has also explored public attitudes towards online offending and violent offences. She is currently involved in an Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) grant funded project examining the use of automated internet warnings to prevent viewing of minor-adult sex images.

Current projects

AIC Project: Automated internet warnings to prevent viewing of minor-adult sex images (2018-2020)

A statistical picture of serious violence convictions in Tasmania: an open source reference tool, (2019)

Fields of Research

  • Criminal law (480401)
  • Public law (480799)
  • Crime policy (440702)
  • Causes and prevention of crime (440201)
  • Legal practice, lawyering and the legal profession (480505)
  • Human information interaction and retrieval (461003)

Research Objectives

  • Crime prevention (230402)
  • Other law, politics and community services (239999)
  • Justice and the law (230499)
  • Law enforcement (230404)
  • Expanding knowledge in the information and computing sciences (280115)


Total publications


Journal Article

(4 outputs)
2021Hunn C, Prichard J, Cockburn H, 'Internet users' beliefs about a novice-user of child sexual abuse material (CSAM): what can they tell us about introducing offender-focused prevention initiatives?', Victims & Offenders pp. 1-21. ISSN 1556-4886 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/15564886.2020.1865224 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Prichard J; Cockburn H


2020Hunn C, Spiranovic C, Prichard J, Gelb K, 'Why internet users' perceptions of viewing child exploitation material matter for prevention policies', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 53, (2) pp. 174-193. ISSN 0004-8658 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0004865820903794 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Spiranovic C; Prichard J


2020Krone T, Spiranovic C, Prichard J, Watters P, Wortley R, et al., 'Child sexual abuse material in child-centred institutions: situational crime prevention approaches', Journal of Sexual Aggression, 26, (1) pp. 91-110. ISSN 1355-2600 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13552600.2019.1705925 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Spiranovic C; Prichard J


2018Hunn CM, Cockburn H, Spiranovic C, Prichard J, 'Exploring the educative role of judges' sentencing remarks: an analysis of remarks on child exploitation material', Psychiatry Psychology and Law pp. 1-18. ISSN 1321-8719 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2018.1478337 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Cockburn H; Spiranovic C; Prichard J


Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



A statistical picture of serious violence convictions in Tasmania: an open source reference tool (2020)$15,016
Building on an existing, complete database of convictions for the crimes of wounding and grievous bodily harm under s 172 of the Criminal Code (Tas) the researchers will analyse the data and produce a report which will be a practical tool for criminal justice system professionals and policy makers. project
Law Foundation of Tasmania ($15,016)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Cockburn HM; Hunn CM
Automated internet warnings to prevent the uploading of child exploitation material produced by children and young adults (2019 - 2020)$130,496
This project will test the efficacy of automated messages to prevent the uploading of CEM produced by children and young adults, and, Internet users engagement with prevention information contained on the website of the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.
Australian Institute of Criminology ($130,496)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Prichard JP; Spiranovic CA; Watters P; Wortley R; Krone T; Hunn CM; Scanlan JD
2019 - 2020