Dr. Alexandra RIDGWAY

Dr. Alexandra RIDGWAY

Dr Alexandra Ridgway is a socio-legal scholar with a particular interest in how the law, broadly understood, shapes family and personal lives. She investigates the role of law in experiences of family breakdown and crisis, especially those cases involving divorce and/or family violence. Much of her research has centred around how the law affects the family lives of migrants.

Alexandra completed her PhD in Sociology at The University of Hong Kong in 2020. She also has a Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice from Griffith University and a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University. In 2018 Alexandra was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Vienna funded by the Ernst Mach Eurasia Pacific Uninet Grant.

Alexandra previously worked for over a decade in the Australian community sector, specialising in family violence and cross-cultural service delivery.  During that time, she was responsible for designing and establishing the inTouch Legal Centre at the InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence– a first of its kind service which holistically supports culturally and linguistically diverse victims of family violence. She also co-founded the Asia Pacific Research Network on Family Migration in 2017 with the support of Universitas 21.


Research Area:

  • Socio-legal studies
  • Family and personal life
  • Marital crisis and divorce
  • Family violence
  • Migration
  • Lived experiences of legal systems