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Susan Bird

BA (Hons), LLB (Hons), PhD
Lecturer - Law
School of Business and Law
Melbourne - 4.17
About Me

Susan Bird BA (Hons), LLB (Hons), PhD

Susan Bird received honours in both Arts and Law, and holds PhD in Law.

Susan Bird is a teaching and research scholar with many years of teaching experience and interdisciplinary research interests. Prior to being appointed as a lecturer at CQUniversity, Susan worked at Deakin University, in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. There, she was a team member on a federally funded project on decolonisation of Built Environment curriculum. This project has since received a national Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) Award for Research, Policy and Communication. She also worked on a consultation for the Victoria Multicultural Commission on the proposed amendments to Section 18 C of the Racial Discrimination Act.

Susan’s research interests lie in legal philosophy, Indigenous peoples and the law, multiculturalism and the regulation of urban public spaces. Susan is a part of a research team which in 2019 won external funding to research the issue of food waste in Australia.


Susan has a background in both Arts and Law, achieving honours in both.

In Susan's Bachelor of Arts, she studied Literature as a major, and history and art history as minors.

Her honours thesis examined Indigenous Australian literature, identity and neocolonialism.

For Susan's honours dissertation in law, Susan explored the issue of medical consent for minors and others without capacity.  Her focus was on gender altering surgery and hormone treatment for intersex and transgender minors.

Susan's PhD thesis engaged with the laws that regulate the use of public spaces in cities.  Melbourne is explored and mapped as an example of the postmodern city.  Theoretical underpinnings are legal and human geographies, postmodernity and critical ethnography.

Universities Studied At

La Trobe University (Melbourne)

Southern Cross University (Lismore)

Victoria University (Melbourne)

Universities Worked At

Swinburne University (Melbourne)

Victoria University (Melbourne)

Deakin University (Melbourne)

University of South Australia (Adelaide)


Performing the Word Writing Retreat, Chittering Valley - Placement - 2011

Faculty of Business and Law Finalist, Three Minute Thesis Competition – 2010

Lexis Nexis Butterworth’s Prize – Best Student in the subject ‘Australian Legal System in Context’ - 2002

Commendation for Team Teaching Excellence – ‘Learning and Communication Behaviour’ Swinburne University – 2002

Professional Memberships

Transnational, International and Comparative Law and Policy Network (TICLP)

The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (ISSOTL)

Law, Literature and the Humanities Association of Australasia (LLHAA)

Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand (LSAANZ)

Consultancy Work

Victorian Multicultural Commission (2014) ‘Submission on repeal of Section 18 C of the Racial Discrimination Act

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 4899 Other Law and Legal Studies
  • 1801 Law
  • 1801 Law
  • 1801 Law

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently unavailable to supervise more research candidates
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Research Interests
Law And Legal Studies

Law - Criminology not elsewhere classified

Law And Legal Studies

Law - Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified

Law And Legal Studies

Law - Law and Society

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