Associate Professor Kerstin Steiner specialises in Southeast Asian legal studies researching at the intersection of law, politics, economics and society, especially with regard to Islam.
She has authored several major monographs, book chapters, journal articles and reports and has provided media commentary as well as expert advice to civil society groups.
In recognition of her research, she has secured several grants for her research and has been received numerous awards in recognition of her research.
She has held numerous visiting positions including at the Centre for Socio-legal Studies, Oxford University, Osaka University and was the first (female) non-Muslim visiting scholar at the Department of Shariah and Law, Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya.
She is also a Senior Associate at the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society (CILIS) and an Associate at the Asian Law Centre (ALC), both at the University of Melbourne, as well as an advisory board member of the Philippine International Studies Organisation (PHISO).