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Prof Kathryn (Kate) Henne is the Director of RegNet, the ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance, and leads the Justice and Technoscience Lab (JusTech). She is also a Chief Investigator on the ANU Humanising Machine Intelligence Grand Challenge project. Before commencing as RegNet’s Director, she held the Canada Research Chair in Biogoverance, Law and Society at the University of Waterloo, where she was also a Fellow of the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Her research is concerned with how science and technology are changing approaches to regulation and governance, with a focus on understanding the implications for health, safety and wellbeing. Her publications span issues of biomedicalisation, crime and deviance, data governance, gender-based regulation, human enhancement, policing technologies, sport and surveillance. Her work has been funded by the Australian Research Council, Canada Foundation for Innovation, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation, Olympic Studies Centre, Ontario Research Fund, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and World Anti-Doping Agency.

Research interests

health and wellbeing, intersecting inequalities, law and society, regulation and governance, science and technology studies, surveillance

Researcher's projects

Prof Henne's current projects examine the rise of the digital welfare state and digitised social assistance, sociotechnical practices during the COVID-19 pandemic and gender inclusion efforts in sport. The latter builds on her earlier research on sports governance, which has included studies of health promotion initiatives, performance enhancement, the regulation of fair play (including drug testing and gender verification) and sport for development programming.

With Dr Matt Ventresca, she is writing a book, Violent Impacts: How Power and Inequality Shape the Concussion Crisis, under contract with University of California Press. It looks at how social stratification informs who is more likely to experience traumatic brain injury and how it is understood as a public health problem.

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Current student projects


External positions

Associate Editor, Critical AI

2022 → …

Adjunct Professor, College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University

2020 → …

Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Arts, University of Waterloo

2020 → …

Expertise Areas

  • Criminology
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality
  • Health Policy
  • Law and Society
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Regulation and Governance
  • Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology
  • Social Theory


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