Dr Zahra Stardust is a socio-legal scholar working at the intersections of sexuality, technology, law and social justice. Her doctoral research, which won the Dean’s award for Best PhD Thesis, examined the regulation of queer and feminist pornographies through criminal laws, classification codes, platform governance and the capitalist co-optation of sexual subcultures.

Over the last 15 years Zahra has worked in policy, advocacy, legal and research capacities with community organisations, NGOs and UN bodies on human rights in Australia and internationally. Zahra has taught in law, criminology, public policy, social research, gender studies and politics at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales. Recently, Zahra has worked on ARC funded projects exploring intoxication evidence in sexual assault trials, the policing of public order offences and the criminalisation of homelessness.

As Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the QUT Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society, Zahra will be aligned to the Institutions research program and will undertake research to investigate how automated systems can be held accountable against public interest standards.