Brianna O'Shea

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Brianna O'Shea

PhD candidate, Criminology | Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies


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 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


Degree Thesis title University Country Awarded
BBehavSc   University of Tasmania Australia 19/12/2012
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 Australia 17/12/2013


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

University of Canberra

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

  • Police administration, procedures and practice (440211)
  • Causes and prevention of crime (440201)

Research Objectives

  • Law enforcement (230404)
  • Government and politics (230299)
  • Expanding knowledge in human society (280123)


Total publications


Journal Article

(1 outputs)
2019O'Shea B, Bartkowiak-Theron I, ''Being a topic expert is not sufficient': a mixed-method analysis of teaching dynamics at the Tasmania police academy', Police Practice and Research, 20, (3) pp. 288-299. ISSN 1561-4263 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2019.1598074?af=R [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Bartkowiak-Theron I


Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
2019O'Shea B, Julian R, Prichard J, Kelty S, 'Challenges in Policing Cyberstalking: A Critique of the Stalking Risk Profile in the Context of Online Relationships', Online Othering: Exploring Digital Violence and Discrimination on the Web, Palgrave Macmillan, HM Maras and TJ Holt (ed), Cham, pp. 331-354. ISBN 9783030126322 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-12633-9_14 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Julian R; Prichard J; Kelty S


Other Public Output

(3 outputs)
2018Bartkowiak-Theron IMF, Dwyer JM, O'Shea BJ, 'Teaching partnerships in police higher education: An exciting time to reflect', Policing Insight, online, 22 January 2018 (2018) [Magazine Article]

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Co-authors: Bartkowiak-Theron IMF; Dwyer JM

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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