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Dr. Emma Turley

PhD Psychology
Senior Lecturer - Criminology
School of Business and Law
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About Me

I am a Senior Lecturer in Criminology, and a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. I have broad range of interdisciplinary research interests that span criminology and psychology. I am a critical psychologist with specialist areas of interest including gender, social justice, inequalities, LGBTQI+ issues, feminism, community, subculture, sexualities, and the digital world. I am also interested in qualitative research methods, especially phenomenology and experiential research, and the use of innovative data collection techniques. My doctoral research, completed in 2012, examined the lived experiences of participating in consensual Bondage, Discipline, Dominance & Submission, and Sadism & Masochism (BDSM). 

I have published in the areas of sexualities, particularly marginalised sexual cultures, subculture, gendered violence, social media, gender inequalities, women’s wellbeing, and activism. I am editor of the British Psychological Society's Psychology of Women & Equalities Review, a biannual publication focusing on increasing awareness and action around gender and inequality issues.


I am a critical, interdisciplinary psychologist, with various theoretical perspectives influencing my work. I have a broad range of research interests and I have a record of research excellence, along with a wealth of experience in leading and delivering teaching and learning. I have completed a postgraduate certificate in Academic Practice, and I have been program leader for various undergraduate and Professional Doctorate courses. My research and pedagogy encompasses ideas from a range of disciplines including psychology, criminology, sociology and cultural studies, and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am a graduate of the Aurora Leadership in Higher Education program for women.

After 10 years at Manchester Metropolitan University, I began working at CQUniversity as a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in December 2019, based at the Brisbane campus. 

Universities Studied At

University of Huddersfield

Manchester Metropolitan University

Universities Worked At

University of Huddersfield, UK - Lecturer in Psychology

Manchester Metropolitan University, UK - Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Leeds Beckett University, UK - External Examiner for BSc (hons) Psychology

Media Citations

I have been involved with the following media engagement for the Dating App Safety project:
•    ABC Capricornia (radio story)
•    ABC Tropical North t (radio story)
•    Connect FNQ  (online news) 
•    WIN Sunshine Coast  (TV news interview)
•    WIN Townsville  (TV news interview )
•    WIN Toowoomba (TV news interview)
•    WIN Cairns  (TV news interview)
•    WIN Rockhampton (TV news interview)
•    CQ Today  (newspaper interview)
•    CQ Today  (online news)
•    ABC News Radio National (radio interview)

Professional Experience

As a critical psychologist working in the context of criminology, I have developed a broad range of research interests. I am particularly interested in the intersections between gender, sexuality, social justice, and equity. Other specialist areas of interest include critical criminology, particularly queer and feminist criminology, violence, wellbeing, feminism and LGBTQI+ communities. Recent work includes developing video resources for women to help them safely navigate dating apps in partnership with the North Queensland Women's Legal Service (NQWLS) on behalf of the Office of Justice and Attorney-General, and working with colleagues on behalf of the British Psychological Society to examine the UK government's consultation on preventing violence against women and girls.  Other recent work includes research around lived experiences of embodiment and sexual cultures.

I am a reviewer for:

  • Psychology & Sexuality; Work, Community & Family; Feminism & Psychology; Qualitative Methods in Psychology; Qualitative Research; Sexualities; British Journal of Health Psychology; Psychology & Health; Journal of Sex Research; Journal of Homosexuality; and Psychology of Women and Equalities Section Review.

I have been supervising both domestic & international postgraduate students since 2015, at  Masters degree and PhD level, and I have experience in supervising distance students. 

I have completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, (PGC AP) and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). 

Professional Memberships

Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Association (CPsychol)

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)

Member of the Australia and New Zealand Society for Criminology



I am editor of the British Psychological Society's Psychology of Women & Equalities Review, a biannual publication focusing on increasing awareness and action around gender and inequality issues.

Recent Research Projects
Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) and other community-based post custodial programs for perpetrators of child sexual abuse in Australia
From: 17/10/2022 to 17/03/2023
Grant: Contract Research (Category 2: Other Public Sector)
Funding Scheme: Commonwealth of Australia Attorney General's Department THROUGH Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Total Funding: $8,000.00
Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 4402 Criminology
  • 4702 Cultural Studies
  • 1701 Psychology

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
Current Supervision
Doctor of Philosophy
Exploring the Contextual Factors of Sexual Offending Facilitated by Online Dating Apps
Principal Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Exploring rehabilitative and reintegrative opportunities for male remanded prisoners in Queensland: a phenomenological study exploring the relationship between lived experiences on remand and preparedness for release.
Principal Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Intimate partner violence in Australian transgender relationships: An interpretive phenomenological study.
Principal Supervisor
Research Interests
Law And Legal Studies

Other Law and Legal Studies - Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified
Social Justice

Psychology And Cognitive Sciences

Psychology - Gender Psychology

Psychology And Cognitive Sciences

Psychology - Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis

Psychology And Cognitive Sciences

Psychology - Social and Community Psychology
Critical Psychology

Studies In Human Society

Criminology - Criminology not elsewhere classified
Critical Criminology inc Queer Criminology, Green Criminology & Feminist Criminology

Studies In Human Society

Other Studies in Human Society - Gender Specific Studies

Studies In Human Society

Sociology - Sociological Methodology and Research Methods

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