Dr Bianca Fileborn

Lecturer in Criminology
PhD Criminology (University of Melbourne), BA (Hons)/ BSci (University of Melbourne)
School of Social Sciences

Contact

Room G41, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Culture, Gender, Sexuality, Law, Justice and Law Enforcement not elsewhere cla, Criminology, Gender Specific Studies
Tags: Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified, Crime Prevention, Gender and Sexualities

Research

Dr Bianca Fileborn is a Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social Sciences, UNSW. Her work is broadly concerned with interrogating the intersections of identity, space, place, culture and experiences of violence. In particular, her current work focuses on sexual violence and harassment. She is also interested in concepts of justice, and particularly informal, innovative, and transformative justice. 

Dr Fileborn's recent work includes: an examination of unwanted sexual attention and sexual violence in licensed venues; experiences, impacts and justice responses to street harassment; the use of research in law reform; sexuality and ageing; policing and LGBTIQ+ young people; and, the sexual assault of older women. She currently sits on the Victorian government taskforce on Sexual Harassment and Assault in Live Music Venues, and leads the working group convened as part of this taskforce. 

Dr Fileborn has published widely in leading criminological and other journals, including: the British Journal of Criminology; Trauma, Violence and Abuse; Gender, Place and Culture; Archives of Sexual Behavior; and the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. Her sole-authored monograph 'Reclaiming the Night-Time Economy: Unwanted Sexual Attention in Pubs and Clubs' was published by Palgrave in 2016. She also writes regularly for public forums such as The Conversation, and has published in The Daily Life. Dr Fileborn's work has featured regularly in the media, and she is happy to be contacted for interviews in her areas of expertise.

Publications

    Books

    Book Chapters

    • Thorpe R;Fileborn BK;Hurd-Clark L, 2017, 'Framing the sexual rights of older heterosexual women: acknowledging diversity and change', in Hinchliff S; Barrett C (ed.), Addressing the sexual rights of older people: theory, policy and practice, Routledge
    • Fileborn BK;Barrett C;Roberto KA, 2017, 'Sexual assault and older women: breaking the silence', in Hinchliff S; Barrett C (ed.), Addressing the sexual rights of older people: theory, policy and practice, Routledge
    • Thorpe R;Fileborn BK;Hawkes G;Pitts M;Minichiello V, 2016, 'Old and desirable: older women's accounts of ageing bodies in intimate relationships', in Bouman W; Kleinplatz P (ed.), Sexuality & Ageing, Routledge
    • Fileborn BK;Thorpe R;Hawkes G;Minichiello V;Pitts M;Dune T, 2016, 'Sex, desire and pleasure: considering the experiences of older Australian women', in Bouman WP; Kleinplatz P (ed.), Sexuality & Ageing, Routledge
    • Fileborn BK;Jones T;Minichiello V, 2016, 'Identity, sexuality and stigma in multigenerational households: perspectives from LGBT household members', in Liu E; Easthope H (ed.), Multigenerational family living : evidence and policy implications from Australia, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon New York, NY
    • Fileborn BK, 2015, 'Queering safety: LGBTIQ young adults' production of safety and identity on a night out', in Dwyer A; Ball M; Crofts T (ed.), Queer Criminologies, Palgrave Macmillan

    Journal articles

    • Heywood W;Lyons A;Fileborn BK;Hinchliff S;Minichiello V;Malta S;Barrett C;Dow B, 2017, 'Sexual satisfaction among older Australian heterosexual men and women: findings from the Sex, Age & Me study', Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy
    • Fileborn BK, 2017, 'Bystander intervention from the victims' perspective: experiences, impacts and justice needs of street harassment victims', Journal of Gender Based Violence
    • Thorpe R;Hawkes G;Dune T;Fileborn BK;Minichiello V;Pitts M, 2017, 'Hidden boundaries and shared meanings: the roles of researcher characteristics and cultural norms in shaping understandings of sexuality in the unstructured interview setting.', International Journal of Social Research Methodology
    • Fileborn BK;Lyons A;Heywood W;Hinchliff S;Malta S;Dow B;Brown G;Barrett C;Minichiello V, 2017, 'Talking to healthcare providers about sex in later life: findings from a qualitative study with older Australian men and women', Australasian Journal on Ageing, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ajag.12450/epdf
    • Fileborn BK;Vera-Gray F, 2017, '"I want to be able to walk the street without fear": transforming justice for street harassment', Feminist Legal Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10691-017-9350-3
    • Fileborn BK;Lyons A;Heywood W;Hinchliff S;Malta S;Dow B;Brown G;Barrett C;Minichiello V, 2017, 'Talking to healthcare providers about sex in later life: findings from a qualitative study with older Australian men and women', Australasian Journal on Ageing
    • Fileborn BK;Lyons A;Hinchliff S;Brown G;Heywood W;Dow B;Malta S;Minichiello V, 2017, 'Improving the sexual lives of older Australians: perspectives from a qualitative study.', Australasian Journal on Ageing
    • Lyons A;Heywood W;Fileborn BK;Minichiello V;Barrett C;Brown G;Hinchliff S;Malta S;Crameri P, 2017, 'The Sex, Age & Me Study: recruitment and sampling for a large mixed-methods study of sexual health and relationships in an older Australian population', Culture, Health and Sexuality
    • Fileborn BK;Brown G;Lyons A;Hinchliff S;Heywood W;Minichiello V;Malta S;Barrett C;Crameri P, 2017, 'Safer sex in later life: qualitative interviews with older Australians on their understandings and practices of safer sex', Journal of Sex Research
    • Fileborn BK, 2016, ''Staff can't be the ones that play judge and jury': young adults' suggestions for preventing unwanted sexual attention in pubs and clubs', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology
    • Larcombe W;Fileborn BK;Powell A;Hanley N;Henry N, 2016, ''I think it's rape and I think he would be found not guilty'. Focus group perceptions of (un)reasonable belief in consent in rape law.', Social and Legal Studies: an international journal, vol. 25
    • Fileborn BK, 2016, 'Sexual assault and justice for older women: a critical review of the literature', Trauma, Violence and Abuse: a review journal
    • Heywood W;Lyons A;Fileborn BK;Minichiello V;Barrett C;Brown G;Hinchliff S;Malta S;Crameri P, 2016, 'Self-reported testing and treatment histories for sexually transmitted infections among older at-risk Australian men and women', Sexual Health
    • Fileborn BK, 2016, 'Street harassment: navigating the experiences of sexuality and gender-diverse people', New Community Quarterly, vol. 14
    • Fileborn BK, 2016, 'Justice 2.0: street harassment victims' use of social media and online activism as sites of informal justice', The British Journal of Criminology: an international review of crime and society
    • Lyons A;Heywood W;Fileborn BK;Minichiello V;Barrett C;Brown G;Hinchliff S;Malta S;Crameri P, 2016, 'Sexually active older Australian men's and women's knowledge of sexually transmitted infections and safer sexual practices', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
    • Fileborn BK;Hinchliff S;Lyons A;Heywood W;Minichiello V;Brown G;Malta S;Barrett C;Crameri P, 2016, 'The importance of sex, and the meaning of sex and sexual pleasure for men aged 60 and older: findings from a qualitative interview study', Archives of Sexual Behavior: an interdisciplinary research journal
    • Fileborn BK;Lyons A;Hinchliff S;Brown G;Heywood W;Minichiello V, 2016, 'Learning about sex in later life: sources of education and older Australians', Sex Education: sexuality, society and learning, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14681811.2016.1273829
    • Larcombe W;Fileborn BK;Powell A;Henry N;Hanley N, 2015, 'Reforming the legal definition of rape in Victoria - what do stakeholders think?', QUT Law Review, vol. 15, pp. 30 - 49
    • Hanley N;Fileborn BK;Larcombe W;Henry N;Powell A, 2015, 'Improving the law reform process: opportunities for empirical qualitative research?', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, vol. 49, pp. 546 - 563
    • Fileborn BK;Thorpe R;Hawkes G;Minichiello V;Pitts M, 2015, 'Sex and the (older) single girl: experiences of sex and dating in later life', Journal of Aging Studies, vol. 33, pp. 65 - 75
    • Fileborn BK, 2015, 'Doing gender, doing safety: young adults' production of safety on a night out', Gender, Place and Culture: a journal of feminist geography
    • Fileborn BK, 2015, 'Participant recruitment in an online era: a reflection on ethics and identity', Research Ethics, vol. 12
    • Fileborn BK, 2015, 'Unwanted sexual attention in licensed venues: considering GLBTIQ young adults' experiences', Onati Socio-Legal Series, vol. 5, pp. 1490 - 1508
    • Fileborn BK, 2014, 'Online activism and street harassment: digital justice or shouting into the ether?', Griffith Journal of Law and Human Dignity, vol. 2, pp. 32 - 51
    • Thorpe R;Fileborn BK;Hawkes G;Minichiello V;Pitts M, 2014, 'Old and desirable: older women's accounts of ageing bodies in relationships', Sexual and Relationship Therapy, vol. 30, pp. 156 - 166
    • Fileborn BK;Thorpe R;Hawkes G;Minichiello V;Pitts M;Dune T, 2014, 'Sex, desire, and pleasure: considering the experiences of older Australian women', Sexual and Relationship Therapy, vol. 30, pp. 117 - 130
    • Fileborn BK, 2013, 'Accounting for space, place and identity: GLBTIQ young adults' experiences and understandings of unwanted sexual attention in clubs and pubs', Critical Criminology, vol. 22, pp. 81 - 97
    • Fileborn BK, 2012, 'Sex and the city: exploring young women's perceptions and experiences of unwanted sexual attention in licensed venues', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, vol. 24, pp. 241 - 260

    Conference Papers

    • Fileborn BK;Stathopoulos M, 2013, 'Can prisons be supportive of victim/survivors' needs? Considering the role of prison culture and alternative responses', in Changing the way we think about change: shifting boundaries, shifting lives, The Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference 2012, Hobart, presented at The Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference 2012, Hobart, 12 - 13 July 2012
    • Fileborn BK, 2013, 'GLBTIQ young adults' experiences and perceptions of unwanted sexual attention in licensed venues: emerging themes and issues.', in Changing the way we think about change: shifting boundaries, changing lives, The Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference 2012, Hobart, presented at The Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference 2012, Hobart, 12 - 13 July 2012

    Reports

    • Women's Health West ;Fileborn B, 2014, Best practice in respectful relationships education projects for young people aged 10-24 years: literature review for Women's Health West's You, Me and Us project, Women's Health West, Melbourne
    • Bluett-Boyd N;Fileborn BK, 2014, Victim/survivor-focused justice responses and reforms to criminal court practice: implementation, current practice and future directions, Australian Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne, Research Reports, 27
    • Bluett-Boyd N;Fileborn BK;Quadara A;Moore S, 2013, A new legal frontier: the role of social networking services and mobile phone technology in facilitating sexual violence, Australian Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne, Research Reports, 23

    Other

    Conference Presentations

    • Fileborn BK, 2016, 'Public harassment & the LGBTIQ+ communities', presented at Invited presentation to the LGBTI Hate Crime Expert Roundtable, Human Rights Law Centre, Melbourne, 18 - 18 August 2016
    • Fileborn BK;Heywood W, 2016, 'Sexual health in later life: emerging findings from the project Sex, Age & Me: a mixed methods study examining the sexual health and relationships of older Australians', presented at National Ageing Research Institute, Melbourne Health and The University of Melbourne Academic Unit for the Psychiatry of the Aged Royal Park Research Seminars and Clinical Meetings Program, Melbourne, 23 - 23 August 2016
    • Fileborn BK, 2016, 'Panel member', presented at Public sexual harassment of women: impacts, activism, and justice, Child and Women Abuse Studies Unit, London Metropolitan University, 10 - 10 October 2016
    • Fileborn BK;Ackerman A;Loney-Howes R;Henry N;Heydon G;Powell A, 2016, 'Panel member.', presented at Online/offline: sexual violence, activism and justice seminar, La Trobe University, Melbourne, 25 - 25 November 2016, http://www.latrobe.edu.au/news/announcements/2016/seminar-recording-sexual-violence
    • Fileborn BK, 2016, 'Shouting back: street harassment and justice', presented at Seminar presentation for the Durham Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse, Durham University, UK, 13 - 13 October 2016
    • Fileborn BK, 2016, 'Street harassment victims' justice needs and desired justice responses', presented at Australia and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference, Hobart, 29 November - 02 December 2016
    • Fileborn BK, 2016, 'Online justice and street harassment', presented at Australia and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference, Hobart, 29 November - 02 December 2016
    • Fileborn BK, 2015, 'Street harassment and online justice', presented at Feminist and Women's Studies Association Biennial Conference 2015: Everyday Encounters With Violence: Critical Feminist Perspectives, Leeds, UK, 09 - 11 September 2015
    • Fileborn BK, 2015, 'Putting the sexual assault of older women on the 'justice map'', presented at Crime, Justice and Social Democracy: 3rd International Conference, Brisbane, 09 - 10 July 2015
    • Thorpe R;Fileborn BK;Hawkes G;Minichiello V;McPhail C, 2014, 'Re-writing the script? Australian women negotiating sexuality, relationships and appearance in later life - colloquium.', presented at Aging and Society Fourth Interdisciplinary Conference, Manchester, UK, 07 - 08 November 2014
    • Powell A;Fileborn BK, 2014, 'Implementing rape law reform: the value of empirical research', presented at Critical Criminology Conference, Melbourne, 04 - 05 December 2014
    • Fileborn BK, 2014, 'Street harassment and online activism: considering the potential for meeting victims' justice needs', presented at Critical Criminology Conference, Melbourne, 04 - 05 December 2014
    • Fileborn BK, 2014, 'Discourses on older women's bodies: shaping bodies, shaping lives?', presented at British Sociological Association Ageing, Body and Society Study Group 6th Annual Conference: Researching Bodies, London, UK, 28 - 28 November 2014
    • Fileborn BK, 2014, ''Staying safe' on a night out: young adults' perceptions of safety in licensed venues', presented at Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference, Sydney, 01 - 03 October 2014
    • Fileborn BK, 2014, ''Doing' safety in pubs and clubs: considering the strategies of GLBTIQ young adults', presented at Queer Criminologies Symposium, Brisbane, 04 - 04 July 2014
    • Fileborn BK, 2014, 'Unwanted sexual attention in licensed venues: moving beyond prevention through environmental design', presented at Crime Prevention and Communities Conference, Melbourne, 10 - 11 June 2014
    • Fileborn BK, 2013, 'Unwanted sexual attention in licensed venues: considering the role of culture and identity', presented at ARCSHS Research Seminar, Melbourne, 04 - 04 December 2013
    • Fileborn BK, 2013, 'Blurred boundaries of violence: GLBTIQ young adults' experiences of unwanted sexual attention in licensed venues', presented at International Congress on Gender Violence, Onati, Spain, 12 - 13 July 2013
    • Fileborn BK;Stathopoulos M, 2012, 'Can prisons be supportive of victim/survivors' needs? Considering the role of prison culture and alternative responses', presented at Critical Criminology Conference, Hobart, 12 - 13 July 2012
    • Fileborn BK, 2012, 'What do we know about the effectiveness of forensic medical evidence in sexual assault prosecution?', presented at National Forum on Forensic Evidence in Sexual Assault. 'What price prosecution? Developments and challenges in determining appropriate forensic tools in the prosecution of adult sexual assault?, Sydney, 07 - 07 March 2012
    • Fileborn BK, 2012, 'Sexual violence in licensed venues: what can we learn from victim/survivors' experiences?', presented at Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 27 - 29 November 2012
    • Fileborn BK, 2012, 'Culture, consent and environment: an exploration of unwanted sexual attention in licensed venues', presented at Feminist Forum, Melbourne, 31 - 31 October 2012
    • Fileborn BK, 2012, 'GLBTIQ young adults' experiences and perceptions of unwanted sexual attention in licensed venues', presented at Critical Criminology Conference, Hobart, 12 - 13 July 2012
    • Fileborn BK;Bluett-Boyd N, 2012, 'A new legal frontier? Young people, social networking technologies and sexual violence', presented at Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 27 - 29 November 2012
    • Fileborn BK, 2011, 'Unwanted sexual attention in licensed venues: emerging themes', presented at Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, Geelong, VIC, 28 - 30 September 2011

Honours and prizes

ANZSOC 'New Scholar Prize' 2016

Affiliations and membership

Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology

The Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association

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