Faculty of Creative Industries, Education & Social Justice,
School of Justice
BiographyDr Michael Flood is an Associate Professor. His research agenda focuses on gender, sexuality, and interpersonal violence. Dr Flood’s research at present is focused in particular on interpersonal violence and its prevention, particularly with reference to men and masculinities. Dr Flood has published widely on topics including violence against women and violence prevention, men and masculinities, profeminist men’s advocacy, male heterosexuality, fathering, and pornography. He has made a significant contribution to scholarly and community understanding of men’s and boys’ involvements in preventing violence against women and building gender equality. Dr Flood has published 40 journal articles, 27 book chapters, two edited collections, 35 research monographs, and over 80 other publications. He is the author of Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention (2018) and the lead editor of Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality (2015) and The International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities (2007). His research has attracted $1.8 million of external funding.
Dr Flood is also a well-regarded teacher. His teaching has received outstanding student evaluations and exemplary subject evaluations. In 2011 Dr Flood was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning (Faculty Early Career Academic Award, University of Wollongong).
Finally, Dr Flood has an extensive record of community and professional engagement. He has contributed to social change campaigns, worked with sporting and military organizations, participated in international expert meetings, and shaped national prevention frameworks. Dr Flood has been involved in large-scale research and education projects with such organisations as VicHealth, the National Rugby League (NRL), the Australian Football League (AFL), and the Australian Defence Force (ADF). He has provided expert advice to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Human Rights Commission, White Ribbon Australia, Our Watch, and other organisations. He has contributed to agenda-setting frameworks for violence prevention practice and policy, including Preventing Violence Before It Occurs (2007), Respectful Relationships Education (2009), National Standards for the Primary Prevention of Sexual Assault through Education (2009), and Change the Story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia (2015).
- Associate Professor
Faculty of Creative Industries, Education & Social Justice,
School of Justice,
School of Justice
Violence against women, Violence prevention, Domestic violence, Sexual violence, Sexual assault, Masculinities, Crime prevention, QUT Centre for Justice
Criminology, Public Health and Health Services, Sociology
Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008
- Doctor of Philosophy (Australian National University)
Professional memberships and associations
- The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
- TASA Thematic Group on Crime and Governance
- TASA Thematic Group on Families, Relationships and Gender
- TASA Thematic Group on Sociology and Activism
- TASA Thematic Group on Teaching Sociology
- Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA)
(a) Teaching Awards
2011 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning, (Faculty Early Career Academic Award), 10 June, University of Wollongong.
(b) Teaching Experience
2021 Engaging Men (JSB280): Later year unit, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology. I wrote and convened this new unit.
2019-2020 Deviance (JSB180); First year unit, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology. I wrote and convened this large first-year unit.
2019 Convenor, JS40 Bachelor of Justice (Honours), Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology.
2018, 2020 Preventing Gendered Violence (JSB289); Later year unit, Queensland University of Technology. I wrote the unit and convened it.
2014 Genders and Sexualities (SOC210); Second year Sociology, University of Wollongong. I wrote the subject and convened it.
2011-2014 Men and Masculinities (SOC350); Third year Sociology, University of Wollongong. I wrote the subject and convened it.
2010-2012 Introduction to Sociology (SOC103); First year Sociology, University of Wollongong. I wrote the subject and convened it, having first done so in 2010 (with 456 students).
2008 Thinking About Societies, Technologies, and Cultures (SMAC100); First year cross-disciplinary subject (Sociology, Media and Cultural Studies, and Science and Technology Studies), University of Wollongong. I co-rewrote the subject and co-convened it.
2008 Sociology Honours Seminar; Sociology, University of Wollongong. I co-wrote and co-taught the subject, including sole facilitation of seven of 13 weeks.
2007-2008 Explaining Society (SOC203); Second year subject in classical sociological theory, Sociology, University of Wollongong. I redesigned the subject and co-ordinated the subject for two years.
2001-2003 Sex, Gender, and Identity: An Introduction to Gender Studies; First year subject in Gender Studies, The Australian National University. I designed the subject and co-ordinated it for three years.
Tutor 2014 Genders and Sexualities (SOC210); Second year Sociology, University of Wollongong. I wrote the subject and convened it.
2011-2014 Men and Masculinities (SOC350); Third year Sociology, University of Wollongong.
2011-2012 Body & Society (SOC327); Third year Sociology, University of Wollongong 2011 Communication, Media & Society (SOC104); First year Sociology, University of Wollongong.
2010-2012 Communication, Media & Society (SOC104); First year Sociology, University of Wollongong.
2010 Introduction to Sociology (SOC103); First year Sociology, University of Wollongong.
2008 Thinking About Societies, Technologies, and Cultures (SMAC100); First year cross-disciplinary subject, University of Wollongong.
2007 Communication, Media & Society (SOC104); First year Sociology, University of Wollongong.
1999 Introducing Women’s Studies: The Public Life of Feminism; Later year subject in Women’s Studies, The Australian National University.
1990 Introduction to Sociology; First year subject in Sociology, The Australian National University.
1990 The Emergence of Gender; Later year subject in Women’s Studies, The Australian National University.
2019 Countering Violent Extremism Research Grants, Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS), Victorian Government. Challenging the use of Masculinity as a Recruit Mechanism in Extremist Narratives. J. Roose, M. Flood, and M. Alfano ($201,750 over one year)
2015-2017 ARC Linkage Project. Violence Against Women - A Media Intervention. M. Simons, J. Morgan, M. Flood, K. Diemer, K. Hegarty, D. Muller, and L. Tarzia ($108,181 over two years).
2015-2019 ARC Future Fellowship. Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention: Effective directions for practice, M. Flood ($640,275 over four years, Feb. 2015 – Feb. 2019)
2015 UOW Global Challenges Strategic Funding. Visible Parenting in the Workplace: Implications, costs and strategies, N. Klocker, D. Drozdzewski, M. Flood, J. Atchison, S. Hamylton, and J. Croft ($5,000).
2014-2016 Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) Foundation Grant. Promoting Early Intervention with Men’s Use of Violence in Relationships Through Primary Care, K. Hegarty, L. Tarzia, R. Vlais, M. Flood, G. Feder, and C. Humphreys ($49,009 over two years).
2011-2013 ARC Linkage Project. Taking a Stand: A Study of the Effectiveness of Measures to Introduce Culture Change to End Violence against Women in a Major Sporting Organisation in Australia, S. Dyson, M. Flood, and M. Carmody ($149,073 over three years).
2007 AusAID Gender Equality Training for the Australian Aid Program, ANU Enterprise (The Australian National University) ($449,519).
2004-2007 ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship, ARC Discovery Program. Young Heterosexual Men’s Sexual Relations: Contributions to sexual and reproductive health ($183,962 over three years).
1994-1997 Commonwealth AIDS Research Grants (CARG) Scholarship, Commonwealth Department of Community Services and Health ($54,000 over three years). Total funding awarded:$1,639,019
Co-authorship of a commissioned report on work with men and boys for gender equality, UN Women, 2018 ($10,000)
Co-authorship of a commissioned report on violence prevention education (consent education) in universities, July 2018 ($20,200)
Co-authorship of a commissioned report on backlash to gender equality initiatives, VicHealth, June 2018 ($10,000)
Co-authorship of a commissioned report on engaging men in workplaces in work towards gender equality, Diversity Council of Australia, February 2018 ($6,000)
Expert Witness Report on gender and domestic violence, for the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), in relation to its application to the Fair Work Commission for paid family and domestic violence leave, May 2, 2016 ($6,000)
Development and facilitation (x 3) of a one-day workshop on men and violence prevention as part of White Ribbon Australia’s regional forums, 2015 ($7,102)
Co-authorship of two background papers to support the development of the National Framework to Prevent Violence Against Women and Their Children, 2015 ($2,000)
Review and assessment of the draft New Zealand Sexual Violence Primary Prevention Programme Evaluation Framework, 2015 ($375)
Authorship of a Healthy Relationships and Sexual Ethics Education Program for the Australian Defence Force (ADF), 2014 ($29,000)
Expert validation of the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Healthy Relationships and Sexual Ethics Program, 2013-2014 ($8,750).
Invited Co-Author, Bystanders and the Prevention of Workplace Sexual Harassment, Human Rights Commission, 2011-2012 ($5,000).
Invited Author, Submission on behalf of the White Ribbon Foundation to the Victorian Government’s Consultation Framework for an Action Plan to Address Violence against Women and their Children, 2012 ($2,225).
Invited Author, An Evaluation of the LoveBites Violence Prevention Program. Sydney: National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN), 2011 ($9,125)
Invited Author, Where Men Stand: Men’s roles in ending violence against women. Sydney: White Ribbon Prevention Research Series, No. 2, 2010 ($6,914)
Invited Author, Engaging Men and Boys in Building Gender Equality. Information Paper for Beijing+15. Melbourne: Jera International, 2010 ($2,250).
Invited Co-Author, An Assault on Our Future: The impact of violence on young people and their relationships, White Ribbon Foundation, 2008 ($4,000).
Invited Co-Author, World Health Organization Men and Gender Policy Brief: Policy approaches to involving men and boys in achieving gender equality, 2008 ($4,200).
Invited Author, Preventing Violence Before It Occurs: A framework and background paper to guide the primary prevention of violence against women in Victoria, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth), 2007 ($6,000).
Contributor, Program Evaluation Of The AFL “Sexual Assault - Respectful Behaviours In Sport” Education Module & Dissemination Strategy For State/Territory Leagues, Australian Football League, 2006-2007 ($1,000).
Invited Expert, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) Violence Against Women Community Attitudes Project, 2005-2006 ($4,000).
Invited Expert, National Rugby League (NRL) Violence Prevention Project, 2004-2005 ($4,000).
Invited Co-Author, The Impact of X-rated and Internet Pornography on Young People’s Attitudes and Values, The Australia Institute, November 2002 - February 2003 ($8,000).
Pacific Men’s Health Workshop, Australian Reproductive Health Association, Fiji, 14-18 October 2002 (Facilitation of a 5-day workshop for men from around the Pacific, and a report on the week) ($4,000).
Total consultancy funding awarded:$107,941
Contributions to Community Organisations and Government
2019 Agenda for Respect and Equality in Universities Expert Advisory Group (Universities Australia)
2019 Queensland Government Sexual Violence Prevention Roundtable
2018 Men’s Engagement Network (MEN) Australia (a national network of organisations addressing men and masculinities, including No To Violence, White Ribbon Australia, Mensline, and others)
2018- Member, Advisory Group, The Men’s Project, Jesuit Social Services
2018- Expert Advisor, eChildhood (a health promotion charity dedicated to reducing the harmful effects of pornography on children and young people)
2016- Member, Our Watch (national violence prevention organisation) Communications Committee
2017 Judge, Our Watch Media Awards (Walkley Awards – Recognising excellence in journalism), Community category
2011-2017 Chair, Expert Reference Group for White Ribbon Research Series – Preventing Men’s Violence Against Women
2010-2017 Reference Group, Australian Bureau of Statistics Personal Safety Survey
2016-2018 Member, Expert Panel, National Community Attitudes Survey, Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS)
2016-2018 Member, Critical Friends Group, Club Respect project, Victorian Women’s Trust
2014-2016 Member, Expert Advisory Group (EAG), EMERGE (Engendering Men: Evidence on Routes to Gender Equality) Learning and Evidence Project: Working with boys and men to promote gender quality, Department for International Development (DFID), UK.
2009-2016 Reality & Risk Reference Group (A community education project on youth and pornography managed by Brophy Family and Youth Services, South West Victoria)
2015 Judge, Our Watch Media Awards (Walkley Awards – Recognising excellence in journalism), Long-form category
2015 Technical Review Group, Respectful Relationships Education Evidence Paper, Our Watch (violence prevention foundation), August – October 2015
2009-2013 Member, Reference Group, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse, University of NSW
2012 Contributor, Regional Research Meeting, Partners for Prevention (P4P), a UN regional joint programme for gender-based violence prevention in the Asia-Pacific
2008 VicHealth Violence Against Women Advisory Committee
2008 Oral Sex and Young People Reference Group, Family Planning NSW (March to June)
2007 United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) Expert Group Meeting - Strategies for implementing the recommendations from the Secretary-General’s Study on Violence against Women with Particular Emphasis on the Role of National Machineries, Bangkok, Thailand, 26-27 April
2005-2007 Implementation Group, AFL (Australian Football League) Respect and Responsibility Policy
2005-2006 National Leadership Group, White Ribbon Campaign
2004-2006 Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) Advisory Group, Striking the Balance: Women, Men, Work and Family
2004-2005 Invited Expert, National Rugby League (NRL) Violence Prevention Project
2004-2005 Reference Group, Australian Bureau of Statistics Personal Safety Survey
2003 Expert Group Meeting on The role of men and boys in achieving gender equality, United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), Brasilia, Brazil, 21-24 October
2002-2007 Management Committee, Canberra Fathers’ and Children’s Service
1998-2001 Men’s Reference Group, Domestic Violence Crisis Service (providing information and feedback on its men’s phoneline)
1999 Expert Advisory Group, Australian Study of Health & Relationships
1990-1997 Coordinating Editor (and founder) of the quarterly magazine XY: Men, Sex, Politics, publishing 397 feature articles in 26 editions
1995 Reference Group, Office of the Status of Women (OSW) research on community attitudes to violence against women, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
I am the author of three major online resources, as follows:
I am the author of three major online resources, as follows:
The Men’s Bibliography: A comprehensive online bibliography of writing on men, masculinities, gender, and sexualities, listing over 22 000 works (23rd edition, 2019).
XYonline: Online magazine focused on men, masculinities, and gender politics. Coordinator and founder: 2001-.
PROFEM: Electronic mail list focused on men, masculinities, and gender relations. Moderator and co-founder: 1997-.