Dr Kathryn Henne

BA (Hons), MA, MA, PhD, FHEA
Director, School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), and Professor
ANU College of Asia and 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, law and society; deviance; inequality and social justice; regulation and governance; science and technology studies; sociology of health; surveillance


Professor Kathryn (Kate) Henne is the Director of RegNet, the ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance. She took up the role after holding the Canada Research Chair in Biogovernance, Law and Society at the University of Waterloo, where she established and directed the Law and Society Emergent Research (LaSER) Lab. An interdisciplinarily trained scholar, she has a PhD in Criminology, Law and Society (with emphases in Critical Theory and Feminist Studies and a specialisation in Anthropologies of Medicine, Science and Technology) from the University of California, Irvine.

Her research interests, broadly conceived, are concerned with the interface between inequality, technoscience and social control. Her publications span issues of biometric surveillance, criminological knowledge production, gender regulation, human enhancement and well-being, regulatory science, social protection, 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 regulation, technoscience and embodiment. Currently, she has two projects:

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 partner-inflicted violence in Australia, Canada and the United States, including U.S. Pacific Island territories, the project aims to illuminate how social categories of difference, science and health policy inform regulation, as well as how those dynamics reflect shifting understandings of brain health, the relationship between the mind and body and (injured) human agency.

Technologies of Social Assistance

Her second program of work, supported by an ANU Futures Scheme award, is a multi-sited study of how biometric technologies, predictive algorithms and risk assessment models are increasingly used as regulatory tools in the context of social assistance and aid delivery. It asks: how are these different technologies and modes of authentication and verification informing practices and experiences of regulation, especially among marginalised groups? What are the outcomes and implications, especially given the wider financialisation of this sector?

In addition to current projects, Prof Henne has studied global sports governance for over a decade, most notably in relation to regulatory mechanisms used to police athletes' bodies (e.g., gender verification, performance and image-enhancing drug detection). Her first book, Testing for Athlete Citizenship: Regulating Doping and Sex in Sport, draws upon fieldwork conducted in Australasia, Europe and North America to trace the emergence of technocratic rules aimed at enforcing ideologies of ‘fair play’. She has also written about gender empowerment agendas, mega-events, sport for development and peace programs and transparency.

She is also the co-editor of Information, Technology and Control in a Changing World: Shifting Power Structures in the 21st Century (with A/Prof Blayne Haggart and Dr Natasha Tusikov) and the Routledge Handbook of Public Criminologies (with A/Prof Rita Shah).


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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