Ash Barnes

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Ash Barnes

PhD Candidate, Casual Research Assistant
School of Social Sciences

Room 508 , Social Sciences Building

0448357445 (phone)

Ash Barnes is a PhD candidate and researcher for the University of Tasmania’s School of Social Sciences. Situated within the field of Cultural Criminology with an unapologetic feminist flavour, Ash’s qualitative research explores the emotional, pleasurable, and messy, ‘grey areas’ between deviance, crime, and disorder. Topics of interest include the social analysis of species and eco-justice, the impact and experiences of substance use, gender identity, music subcultures, transgression, violence, and sexual assault research.


Since completing their Criminology Honours project in 2017, Ash has assisted in several research projects within the University of Tasmania and with external government organisations, services and programs. As an early career researcher, Ash consistently contributes to projects with innovative and refreshing approaches to qualitative research.  Ash is also a casual tutor and mentor for the Riawanna Institute and marker/examiner for the Department of Social Sciences, Media, and the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (TILES).

Career summary



Thesis title



Date of award


Bodies in the Pit: An analysis of bodily integrity within the Australian Punk Scene

University of Tasmania



Bachelor of Arts


University of Tasmania




Professional practice

Golden Key International Honour Society membership


Teaching expertise

Prior experience as a Tutor/Marker/Examiner for:

Crime and Criminal Justice (HGA206/306)
Juvenile Justice and Child Protection (HGA237/337)
Advanced Police Operational Command (HSP405)
Police Leadership, Strategy and Engagement (HSP406)
Media and Crime (HEJ242/HEJ342)

Casual Tutor for The Riawanna Institute
Guest Lecturer for Sociology of Deviance
Guest Lecturer for Criminology Honours Symposium

Research Invitations

(2021) Interview – BLUNT Magazine: The white supremacy movement has a foothold in Australian Metal

(2017) Radio Interview – Triple R as expert panel on sexual assault at music festivals

(2016) ABC Hobart/Melbourne - Sexual assault at live music venues

View more on Ashleigh Barnes in WARP


Ash’s PhD research combines perspectives from social-psychology, feminist thought and criminology to observe the ‘hidden’ or normalised social behaviours within transgressive spaces. Their work emphasises change by disrupting what is considered ‘normal’ within hardcore and punk music spaces and questions how communities respond to or dismiss cases of unwanted sexual and physical violence. This research examines how substance use, sexism, and social capital can influence people’s attitudes around violence, sexual consent, and rape myths. Themes found in their PhD, and other collaborative research projects, such as concerns surrounding the rise of neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups within Australian metal culture, has asked whether we, as music consumers or creators, can ethically ‘separate the art from the artist’, if they perpetuate damaging ideologies or commit harmful and abusive behaviours. These projects, which focus on deviance within music cultures, has assisted in developing strategic policy responses for harm reduction in live music venues and festivals.

Ash’s research adopts the philosophy that qualitative methodologies must be guided by those with lived experience on the research topic. By positioning participants as experts, their perspective on deviance and transgression keeps the research ethical, honest, and relevant to their reality. Therefore, Ash’s expertise is working with sensitive material and topics, usually through conducting person-centric interviews. Similarly, they have strong skills in thematic coding, literature reviews and policy analysis and development.


Ash frequently collaborates with researchers across multiple disciplines, co-authoring publications with scholars in sociology, law, policy, public health, criminology, musicology, and gender studies. These projects are inter-disciplinary and contribute to broader knowledge on issues relating to the current socio-cultural climate of Australia. Ash has worked with the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute (TLRI) in responding to sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) conversion practices. They have worked as a research assistant on projects such as the LGBTIQ+ Community Survey, The Tasmania Project, the Alcohol and other Drugs Council (ATDC) Tasmania and Quitline Tasmania.

Current projects

Current projects include partnering with government services and organisations within the Alcohol and Other Drugs sector. These projects aim to break down existing barriers and to improve access to resources, health services and rehabilitation for those in the recovery process from alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

Fields of Research

  • Rural sociology (441003)
  • Criminology (440299)
  • Musicology and ethnomusicology (360306)
  • Criminological theories (440205)
  • Social determinants of health (420606)
  • Crime and social justice (440204)
  • Law reform (480406)
  • Counselling, wellbeing and community services (440902)
  • Gender studies (440599)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding knowledge in human society (280123)
  • Social class and inequalities (230112)
  • Justice and the law (230499)
  • Law reform (230405)
  • Determinants of health (200201)
  • Other culture and society (139999)
  • Violence and abuse services (230114)
  • Urgent and critical care, and emergency medicine (200311)
  • Gender and sexualities (230108)


Ash has published in a range of sociology and criminology journals. Most recent publications are:

Dwyer, A., Campbell, D., Julian, R. and Barnes, A., (2020). Documenting the key recruitment and sustainability issues related to emergency response volunteers in Tasmania.

And is featured in an interview with BLUNT Magazine:

Total publications


Journal Article

(3 outputs)
2020Barnes A, White R, 'Mapping emotions: Exploring the impact of the Aussie Farms Map', Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 36, (3) pp. 303-326. ISSN 1043-9862 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1043986220910306 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: White R


2020Hillier BP, Barnes A, 'Wolf in sheep's clothing: extreme right wing ideologies in Australian black metal', IASMPM Journal, 10, (2) pp. 38-57. ISSN 2079-3871 (2020) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.5429/2079-3871 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Hillier BP


2019Barnes A, White R, 'Violence in the mosh pit: assault within the Australian punk scene', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 31, (1) pp. 40-59. ISSN 1034-5329 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/10345329.2018.1556281 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: White R


Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
2019Fileborn B, Wadds P, Barnes A, 'Setting the Stage for Sexual Assault: The Dynamics of Gender, Culture, Space and Sexual Violence at Live Music Events', Towards Gender Equality in the Music Industry: Education, Practice and Strategies for Change, Bloomsbury, C Strong and S Raine (ed), UK, pp. 89-102. ISBN 9781501345500 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

[eCite] [Details]


Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(3 outputs)
2021Bartkowiak-Theron IMF, Barnes A, Asquith NL, 'ATDC Consumer Engagement Strategy', Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs Council, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (2021) [Contract Report]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Bartkowiak-Theron IMF; Asquith NL

2021Gogarty B, Clark M, Barnes A, 'Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Conversion Practices, Final Report No. 32', Tasmania Law Reform Institute, Tasmania, Australia (2021) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Gogarty B; Clark M

2020Dwyer A, Campbell D, Julian R, Barnes A, 'Documenting the key recruitment and sustainability issues related to emergency response volunteers in Tasmania', Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (UTAS), Hobart (2020) [Contract Report]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Dwyer A; Campbell D; Julian R

Other Public Output

(2 outputs)
2022Rodgers J, Spiranovic C, Hudson N, Barnes A, Winter R, et al., 'Sexual Violence in Southern Tasmania: Research Report for Sexual Assault Support Service Tasmania', Research Report, Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies and Sexual Assault Support Service Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 1-68. (2022) [Government or Industry Research]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Rodgers J; Spiranovic C; Hudson N; Winter R; Bartkowiak-Theron I; Asquith N; Cashman K; Norris K; Stanford S

2021Dwyer A, Grant R, Mason R, Barnes A, ''Just Listen Properly, Like with Intent': LGBTIQ+ Tasmanians: Telling us the Story', Final Report, Tasmanian Government Department of Communities, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 1-81. (2021) [Government or Industry Research]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Dwyer A; Grant R; Mason R