Professor Moira Carmody

Professor Moira Carmody

Adjunct Professor,
Dean's Unit School of Social Sciences & Psychology


Professor Carmody is an interdisciplinary scholar in the areas of gender, sexuality and sexual ethics. She is recognised as a national expert on sexual assault prevention education. Her leadership in research is complemented by her distinguished service to the community through high level policy advice to federal and state governments, extensive national partnerships and as a high profile public and academic speaker and media commentator. In 2006 she was awarded the Taylor and Francis Distinguished International Research Award for Women’s Health for her work on sexual violence policy and practice, and was a recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Highly Commended Award for Social Justice in 2003. She has held invited honorary appointments at the University of Auckland, Department of Psychology (2009) and the University of Sydney Gender and Cultural Studies Department (2006-2009). Because of her international standing she is in high demand as a reviewer for A/A* journals and publishers including Oxford and Cambridge University Press, Culture, Health and Sexuality, Journal of Sociology, Sex Education: Sexuality Society and Learning, Health Promotion International, Sexualities: Journal of Culture and Society. She is an ARC grant assessor (appointed 2010) and in high demand as an examiner of doctoral, masters and bachelor honours theses from universities across Australia and from a range of disciplines.

Key areas of research include: Ethical and respectful relationship education and policy; Sexuality, gender and ethics; Violence prevention education in school and community contexts; Young people; Social policy design, implementation and evaluation

This information has been contributed by Professor Carmody.


  • PhD University of New South Wales
  • GDipEd University of Technology, Sydney
  • BSocWk University of New South Wales

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Association of Social Workers (1989)
  • Australasian Evaluation Association (2012)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit School of Social Sciences & Psychology


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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101555 Ethics in the Social Sciences, 2012



  • Carmody, M. (2015), 'Sex, Ethics, and Young People', : Palgrave 9781137429117.
  • Carmody, M. (2009), 'Sex and Ethics: Young People and Ethical Sex', : Palgrave Macmillan 9781420256093.
  • Carmody, M. (2009), 'Sex and Ethics: The Sexual Ethics Education Program for Young People', : Palgrave Macmillan 9781420256109.

Chapters in Books

  • Carmody, M. (2014), 'Sexual violence prevention educator training : opportunities and challenges', Preventing Sexual Violence: Interdisciplinary Appraoches to Overcoming a Rape Culture, Palgrave 9781137356178.
  • Carmody, M. (2012), 'Young people, ethical sex and violence prevention', Rethinking School Violence: Theory, Gender, Context, Palgrave Macmillan 9780230576698.
  • Carmody, M. (2007), 'Sexuality Research : ethics', Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, Blackwell Publishers Inc 9781405124331.
  • Carmody, M. (2004), 'Sexual ethics and the erotics of consent', Making Sense of Sexual Consent, Ashgate Publishing Ltd 0754636879.
  • Carmody, M. (2001), 'Dangerous Knowledge - The politics and ethics of research', Critical Moments in Qualitative Research, Butterworth-Heinemann 0750651598.

Journal Articles

  • Carmody, M. (2013), 'Young men, sexual ethics and sexual negotiation', Sociological Research Online, vol 18, no 2 .
  • Carmody, M. and Ovenden, G. (2013), 'Putting ethical sex into practice : sexual negiotation, gender and citizenship in the lives of young women and men', Journal of Youth Studies, vol 16, no 6 , pp 792 - 807.
  • Allen, L. and Carmody, M. (2012), ''Pleasure has no passport' : re-visiting the potential of pleasure in sexuality education', Sex Education, vol 12, no 4 , pp 455 - 468.
  • Albury, K., Carmody, M., Evers, C. and Lumby, C. (2011), 'Playing by the rules: Researching, teaching and learning sexual ethics with young men in the Australian National Rugby League', Sex Education, vol 11, no 3 , pp 339 - 351.
  • Carmody, M. (2009), 'Conceptualising the prevention of sexual assault and the role of education', ACSSA Issues Paper, vol 10 , pp 1 - 19.
  • Evans, S., Krogh, C. and Carmody, M. (2009), 'Time to get cracking: The challenge of developing best practice in Australian sexual assault prevention education', ACSSA Issues Paper, vol 11 , pp 1 - 23.
  • Carmody, M. (2006), 'Preventing adult sexual violence through education', Current issues in criminal justice, vol 18, no 2 , pp 342 - 356.
  • Carmody, M. (2006), 'No longer 'a private matter': collective action against the manifestations of violence.', Contemporary nurse : a journal for the Australian nursing profession., vol 21, no 2 .
  • Carmody, M. (2005), 'Ethical erotics: reconceptualizing anti-rape education', Sexualities, vol 8, no 4 , pp 465 - 480.
  • Carmody, M. (2003), 'Sexual ethics and violence prevention', Social and Legal Studies: An international Journal, vol 12, no 2 , pp 199 - 216.
  • Carmody, M. (2001), 'Women and hate Crime - A useful political strategy', An Australian Feminist Journal, vol 10 , pp 4 - 10.

Conference Papers

  • Carmody, M. (2003), 'New directions in sexual assault prevention', Practice and Prevention: Contemporary Issues in Adult Sexual Assault Conference, Sydney.

Other Publications

  • 2014, 'Less to Lose and More to Gain?: Men and Boys Violence Prevention Research Project: Final Report', Research Report
  • 2009, 'Framing Best Practice: National Standards for the Primary Prevention of Sexual Assault Through Education', Research Report

My research for the last decade has been concerned with interrogating the cultural and personal practices of sexuality and gender and finding alternative positive ways to build ethical and respectful relationships between individuals and within communities. This focus has led to a number of funded research projects identified below. I work from a feminist poststructuralist theoretical perspective and am particularly interested in developing greater understandings of diverse forms of gender and sexuality. A key focus of these theoretical concerns is to contribute to the primary prevention of sexual violence and working with young women and men to enhance ethical sexual and other intimate relationships.  

This information has been contributed by Professor Carmody.

Previous Projects

Title: Violence Prevention Program Review and Evaluation Study One: Men and Boys' Violence Prevention
  • Department of Family and Community Services
Western Researchers: Moira Carmody, Michael Salter and Geir Henning Presterudstuen
Years: 2013-06-13 - 2015-03-31
ID: P00021688
Title: Researching Critical Social Science
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Moira Carmody
Years: 2001-01-15 - 2001-02-01
ID: P0013928
Title: International Visiting Fellow - Professor Pat Carlen Keele University UK
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Moira Carmody
Years: 2005-03-03 - 2006-03-02
ID: P0014535
Title: Promoting ethical non-violent relationships of young women and men
  • NSW Rape Crisis Centre
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Moira Carmody
Years: 2005-07-18 - 2008-12-31
ID: P0014557
Title: Sexual ethics and violence prevention
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Moira Carmody
Years: 2003-01-25 - 2004-05-31
ID: P0011698
Title: Promoting health improvement policy and practice - an evaluation of the Wentworth Area Health Service health improvement seeding grant program
  • Wentworth Area Health Service
Western Researchers: Moira Carmody
Years: 2002-07-01 - 2002-12-31
ID: P0012116
Title: Sexual and gender diverse women's experiences of negotiating intimacy in later life
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Moira Carmody
Years: 2013-12-09 - 2015-08-30
ID: P00021831
Title: Social Policy Research and Evaluation Panel SPREP Services for FACSIA - No funding to UWS
  • Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Western Researchers: Michael Darcy, Rosemary Leonard, John Macdonald, Jan Mason, Natalie Bolzan, Jane Mears, Moira Carmody, Ingrid Schraner and Julia Perry
Years: 2007-08-23 - 2011-12-31
ID: P0015519
Title: Development and Trial of a National Sexual Assault Prevention Education Framework
  • National Association of Services Against Sexual Violence
Western Researchers: Moira Carmody
Years: 2008-08-01 - 2009-09-30
ID: P00016263
Title: Taking a Stand: A case study of culture change addressing violence against women in a major sporting organisation in Australia [via La Trobe Uni]
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Moira Carmody
Years: 2010-12-07 - 2013-12-06
ID: P00018355
Title: The tensions for parents, educators and children in building a sustainable culture of ethical and respectful relationships early in life
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Kerry Robinson and Moira Carmody
Years: 2011-01-01 - 2014-06-30
ID: P00018153
Title: The impact of the EdD on public education
  • NSW Department of Education & Training
Western Researchers: Moira Carmody and Peter Bansel
Years: 2010-09-22 - 2013-01-31
ID: P00019308
Title: Exploring Residential College Life
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Moira Carmody and Georgia Ovenden
Years: 2011-06-29 - 2012-06-28
ID: P00020389
Title: Building cultures of respect and safety in student housing
  • University of Technology Sydney
Western Researchers: Moira Carmody and Peter Bansel
Years: 2012-03-06 - 2013-06-30
ID: P00020678


Professor Carmody is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Teacher Professional Learning: The Impact of Professional Dialogue on Student Learning
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: "No Mans Land" The Legal Minefield of the Principalship
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Money and Domestic Violence: An Ecological Study of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violance Act 2005 (PWDVA)
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: The Unethical Conduct of the Nurse: A Critical Discourse Analysis of how the Nurse has been Constructed by the Nurses Tribunal in New South Wales
Field of Research: General Nursing
Thesis Title: 'Rewriting History': Towards a Genealogy of 'Restorative Justice'
Field of Research: Criminology
Thesis Title: Policing Media: Controlling Representations of the New South Wales Police Force
Field of Research: Justice And Law Enforcement
Thesis Title: Our Stories: Women, Life and Intellectual Disability
Field of Research: Studies In Human Society
Thesis Title: Promoting the 'Good' Relationship: Recognising Moral Dimensions in Violence Prevention Education
Field of Research: Studies In Human Society
Thesis Title: Ethics of Trust and Resistance: Participation in Indigenous Research
Field of Research: Indigenous Studies
Thesis Title: Ethical Decision-Making and Staff Mental Health in the School Workplace
Field of Research: Other Education; Education Not Elsewhere Classified

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