Allison Henry

Allison Henry

BA LLB (Macquarie University), M Int S (Hons) (University of Sydney), M Int L (with merit) Australian National University)

PhD Candidate & Research Assistant

Postgraduate Research Student

Allison commenced her PhD candidature with the Australian Human Rights Institute in the Faculty of Law, UNSW in 2018. Her PhD is on regulatory responses to sexual violence at Australian universities. She is also currently working on a pilot research project, Understanding University Responses to HDR Candidate-Supervisor Relationship Challenges, with a research team from UNSW and the University of Melbourne.

Allison has run her own consulting firm, Millwood Consulting, since 2012 - primarily working with not for profit and non-government organisations on public policy projects. In this capacity, Allison was the Campaign Director of The Hunting Ground Australia Project from 2015 to 2018 – a collaborative impact campaign based on the US documentary The Hunting Ground that has been instrumental in raising awareness and driving an institutional shift in responses to sexual violence on Australian university campuses.

Previously Allison served as a political advisor in the Federal Parliament between 2006 and 2011, as a senior advisor to the Prime Minister and advisor to the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, the Shadow Attorney-General and the Shadow Minister for Health. In these roles Allison worked across a broad range of policy areas including women and men’s health, dental health, immigration detention policy, asylum seeker processing and welfare, emergency management response, constitutional reform and human rights.

Allison was the National Director of the Australian Republican Movement between 2003 and 2006 and has also worked at the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Refugee Review Tribunal.

Areas of research

Human Rights, Sexual Violence, National and international politics, Advocacy and civil society


Andrea Durbach, Louise Chappell

Publications and presentations

‘Responses to sexual violence in Australian universities’, Human Rights Defender, Volume 28 Issue 3 (Nov 2019)