Dr Rhiannon Bandiera


Lecturer/Assistant Professor


Dr Rhiannon Bandiera is a Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Law and Criminology, Maynooth University.

Rhiannon specialises in state-corporate, state, and transnational crime and (social) harm and regulation. She publishes on a wide variety of topics, most recently, crime and harm within corporate supply chains, from modern slavery to harmful, non-criminalised forms of labour exploitation such as wage theft. She also publishes in the area of pharmaceutical (prescription and non-prescription) crime and harm, including: prescription and non-prescription medicine quality, safety, and efficacy; false and misleading direct-to-consumer advertising and marketing to healthcare  professionals; false and misleading biologic and biosimilar medicine marketing; and, medicine and medical device counterfeiting.

Prior to joining the School of Law and Criminology in 2020, she taught criminology, criminal justice, and legal studies for close to a decade at Flinders University, South Australia. She has also held teaching positions at the University of South Australia and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Rhiannon is an Australian academic born and raised on Kauna land. She was the first woman in her family to attend university and obtain an undergraduate qualification, and first in family to obtain a postgraduate qualification. Rhiannon studied psychology and criminal justice in a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology), and finished top of her class in a Bachelor of Behavioural Science Honours (Criminal Justice), graduating with first class. She holds a PhD in criminology from Flinders University and Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (Learning and Teaching) from Deakin University, Victoria. Her work is critical and interdisciplinary in nature, and she is a passionate teacher (having come from a long line of teachers). 

Research Interests


Currently, Rhiannon is actively researching in the areas of:

  • pharmaceutical (prescription and non-prescription medicine) crime and harm, including medicine quality, safety, and efficacy, direct-to-consumer advertising, and marketing to healthcare professionals.
  • modern slavery and the broader continuum of exploitation, including wage theft and other harmful, non-criminalised forms of labour exploitation.

For a complete list of publications, please see Rhiannon’s webpage on OCRID and ResearchGate.

Rhiannon's supervisory interests include the abovementioned topics, as well as topics more broadly in:  

  • critical criminology and the crimes/harms of the powerful.
  • corporate and state-corporate crime and harm.
  • regulation (e.g., risk-based, responsive, corporate social responsibility and self-regulation).
  • state crime and harm.
  • transnational organised and corporate crime and the intersections between TOC and TCC.
  • global crime.
  • social harm/zemiology.
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Professional Associations

Description Function From / To
European Society of Criminology Member 05/06/2023 -
Human Trafficking Research Network Member 01/05/2023 -
European Working Group on Organizational Crime Member 12/06/2023 -
Research Centre in International Justice, Maynooth University Co-Director 03/10/2022 -
Research Centre for Criminology, Maynooth University Member 03/10/2022 -


Committee Function From / To
PhD Research Committee, School of Law and Criminology Member 03/05/2021 -
Outreach and Engagement Committee, School of Law and Criminology Member 03/08/2020 -


Start date Institution Qualification Subject
Flinders University Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) Psychology
Flinders University Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Honours) Criminal Justice
Flinders University Doctor of Philosophy Criminology
Deakin University Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (Teaching and Learning) Higher Education

Teaching Interests

Module Co-ordinator:

  • LW308: White-Collar Crime
  • LW347: Social Harm and Zemiology
  • LW667: Transnational and Global Crime


  • LW166: Exploring Criminology
  • SP613: Human Trafficking: Policy, Perspectives and Debates