Researcher biography

Dr Amelia Radke is a cultural anthropologist and ethnographer whose research lies at the juncture of science and technology studies, anthropology, and socio-legal studies. Her emerging research agenda with the Centre for Policy Futures is investigating the intersection of human rights and emerging technologies in healthcare services and the criminal justice system for First Nations peoples.

Amelia attained a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours (anthropology) in 2013, where she was the recipient of the Bruce Rigsby Prize in Anthropology; and awarded her PhD in 2018 from the School of Social Science and TC Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland. Amelia’s PhD used an ethnographic approach to explore the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Justice Groups in two southeast Queensland Indigenous sentencing courts or Murri Courts. In particular, her PhD investigated the different legal, community and policy mechanisms used by the judicial system and Community Justice Groups to reduce social and cultural risks to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander defendants. This study informs her emerging research regarding the impact of biometric identification technologies and eHealth initiatives for First Nations peoples in Australia, New Zealand, and North America.

She is a member of the UQ Indigenous People and the Law Research Cluster; and is the early career researcher representative for the Law, Ethnography and Society Collaborative Research Network, which is part of the Law and Society Association. In addition to her research in academia, she was also the chief investigator for a community-based criminal law initiative called ‘Transport2Court’ with Bryony Walters and the Queensland Council of Social Services.


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Queensland

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Queensland



(2015-2016) Uniting Care Community Future by Design Social Innovative Grant


Journal Article: Radke, Amelia (2018) Women's Yarning Circles: A gender-specific bail program in one Southeast Queensland Indigenous sentencing court, Australia. Australian Journal of Anthropology, 29 1: 53-69. doi:10.1111/taja.12263

Research Report: Radke, Amelia and Walters, Bryony (2016) Transport2Court: Supporting vulnerable people to afford the cost of public transport to court proceedings in Southeast Queensland, Australia Brisbane, QLD, Australia: QCOSS


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