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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 and a board member of the AgriFood Innovation Institute. Before commencing as RegNet’s Director, she held a Canada Research Chair 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 contributing to changes in the governance of health, public safety, and well-being. Her publications span diverse areas, including automated decision-making, biomedicalisation, data governance, gender-based regulation, human enhancement, policing technologies, and sport. Her work has been funded by the Australian Research Council, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation, Olympic Studies Centre, Ontario Research Fund, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Research interests

crime and deviance, health and well-being, intersecting inequalities, law and society, regulation and governance, science and technology studies, surveillance

Researcher's projects

Prof Henne has recently completed studies on the use of digital technologies for aid delivery and social assistance and for managing COVID-19 risks. 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 traces how social stratification informs who is more likely to experience traumatic brain injury and how it is understood as a public health problem.

She is also leading a collaborative project on gender inclusion in sport, which builds on her earlier research on the regulation of fair play, including drug testing and gender verification practices, and health promotion initiatives for diverse groups in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, and the Pacific.

Recent publications include:

Current student projects


External positions

Advisory Group Member, Female Performance & Health Initiative, Australian Institute of Sport

2023 → …

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

  • Crime, violence and justice
  • Health equity and well-being
  • Science and technology studies
  • Compliance, defiance and enforcement
  • Culture, gender, sexuality
  • Global governance and regulatory institutions
  • Race and ethnic relations
  • Regulatory reform and stewardship
  • Sociology and social studies of science and technology
  • Technology and digital transformation


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