Dr Amelia Radke

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Centre for Policy Futures
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Dr Amelia Radke is a postdoctoral research fellow with the Centre for Policy Futures at the University of Queensland. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology, First Class Honours) and PhD (Law and Anthropology) from the University of Queensland. She has a diverse professional background, having worked as a Research and Project Officer with the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, along with various academic roles at Griffith University and the University of Queensland.

As a qualitative researcher, Radke's research to date has focused on how the language of human rights has shaped innovative institutions (ie court innovation programs), along with new and emerging technologies (ie artificial intelligence and quantum technologies). She has published on a range of topics such as Indigenous sentencing courts, gender-specific bail programs, kinship rights, and digital human rights. She is particularly interested in exploring the policy implications of human rights and cyber security in the digital age.

Her current funded research includes an NHMRC Ideas Grant, which uses a multidisciplinary, right to health lens to critically explore and bring to light Indigenous Australians' experiences of racial discrimination in accessing equitable, quality and timely health services in urban, rural and remote locations. She is also an Associate Investigator on an ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society (ADM+S) (centre based at RMIT). In addition to her academic research, she led a community-based criminal law initiative called ‘Transport2Court’ with Bryony Walters and the Queensland Council of Social Services (QCOSS), funded through a Uniting Care Community Future by Design Social Innovation Grant.

Research Interests

  • Indigenous sentencing courts
    Court innovation programs that specialise in the sentencing of Australian Indigenous peoples.
  • New and Emerging Technologies
    The global landscape of ethical frameworks for artificial intelligence (AI) and the movement of AI-driven technologies across domestic and international borders.

Research Impacts

Amelia Radke has provided policy submissions on issues relating to evaluation strategies for programs affecting Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples, along with the application of a human rights approach to new and emerging technologies in Australia. She has been invited to present at community Meetups and the Queensland Government Customer and Digital Group (QGCDG) Information Sharing and Federated Identity Community of Practice on her research in digital human rights.

Amelia was a chief investigator for a community-based criminal law initiative called Transport2Court with legal representative Bryony Walters and the Queensland Council of Social Servies (QCOSS). The project was funded through a UnitingCare Community Future by Design Social Innovation Grant and provided $15 TransLink go cards to vulnerable defendants and victims of crime. Since the completion of the project in 2016, some specialist courts now provide TransLink go cards to vulnerable clients to help them afford the cost of public transport to their court proceedings and bail programs as a direct result of the Transport2Court initiative.

Amelia also co-curated the museum exhibition Yerrabilela: Talking about Songs with Michael Aird and Fred Leone, which was displayed at the University of Queensland Anthropology Museum (2018).


  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours Class 1), The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland


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  • Master Philosophy

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor