Dr Kathryn Henne

BA (Hons), MA, MA, PhD, FHEA
Professor and Director, School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)
College of Asia & the Pacific
T: +61 2 6125 1255

Areas of expertise

  • Sociology And Social Studies Of Science And Technology 160808
  • Law And Society 180119
  • Criminology 1602
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality 200205
  • Race And Ethnic Relations 160803
  • Social Theory 160806
  • Globalisation And Culture 200206

Research interests

crime and deviance; gender, race, sexuality and intersecting inequalities; law and society; regulation and governance; science and technology studies; sociology of health; surveillance

Biography

Professor Kathryn (Kate) Henne is the Director of RegNet, the ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance, and leads the Justice and Technoscience (JusTech) Lab. An interdisciplinarily trained scholar, she has a PhD in Criminology, Law and Society with a specialisation in Anthropologies of Medicine, Science and Technology from the University of California, Irvine. Before commencing as RegNet’s Director, she held the Canada Research Chair in Biogovernance, Law and Society at the University of Waterloo.

Her research interests are concerned with how science and technology contribute to the governance of persons and populations. Her publications span issues of biomedicalisation, biometric surveillance, criminological knowledge production, gender regulation, human enhancement and wellbeing and technologies of policing. Her work has been funded by the Australian Research Council, Canada Research Chairs Program, Canadian Foundation for Innovation, International Olympic Committee, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and World Anti-Doping Agency.

More information about her research, teaching and outreach are available at https://katehenne.com.

Researcher's projects

Kate Henne's ongoing work examines intersections between inequality, regulation and technoscience. Her current projects focus on:

Traumatic Brain Injury and Regulatory Science

This ARC-funded project focuses on emergent regulatory responses to traumatic brain injury. Looking at experiences of athletes, military personnel and survivors of violence in Australia, Canada and the United States, including U.S. Pacific Island territories, the project illuminates how social categories of difference, law, policy and science intersect to inform regulation. These dynamics reflect shifting understandings of the brain and (injured) human agency.

The Digital Welfare State and Technologies of Social Assistance

Her second program of work, supported by an ANU Futures Scheme award, is a multi-sited study of how different technologies, such as biometrics, predictive algorithms and risk assessment models, are used as regulatory tools in the context of social assistance and aid delivery. It asks: how are these different technologies informing practices and experiences of regulation? What are the implications for those in need of financial support and the state mechanisms tasked with delivery?

In addtion to these projects, she has studied global sports governance for over a decade. Her first book, Testing for Athlete Citizenship: Regulating Doping and Sex in Sport, traces the emergence of technocratic rules and surveillance practices aimed at enforcing ideologies of ‘fair play’. She has also written about gender-specific regulations, health initatives, mega-events, reform agendas and sport for development and peace programming.

Publications

Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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