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Associate Professor Christy Elizabeth Newman

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Christy Newman is Associate Professor at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Arts and Social Sciences.

Christy is a social researcher of health, sexuality and relationships. Her research investigates social aspects of sexual health, infectious disease and chronic illness across diverse contexts and communities. She has a particular passion for promoting sociological and qualitative approaches to understanding these often culturally...view more

Christy Newman is Associate Professor at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Arts and Social Sciences.

Christy is a social researcher of health, sexuality and relationships. Her research investigates social aspects of sexual health, infectious disease and chronic illness across diverse contexts and communities. She has a particular passion for promoting sociological and qualitative approaches to understanding these often culturally and politically sensitive areas of health and social policy.

Throughout her work, Christy aims to facilitate transdisciplinary intersections across the social and biomedical sciences, and between research, policy, clinical and community domains. Current roles include Joint Editor-in-Chief of Health Sociology Review (Taylor & Francis), Editorial Board Member of the Journal of the International AIDS Society, and Convenor of the Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference 'Social, Cultural and Political Aspects of HIV and Related Infections in the Australasian Region' theme.

Christy was awarded a University Medal and first class honours for her bachelor degree in communication and cultural studies (Murdoch University), and holds a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies in health, sexuality and culture (UNSW). She has authored nearly 70 peer reviewed publications, and led or contributed to securing over three million dollars in research funding. She was awarded the 2010 Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research from the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and the 2017 Mid-Career Interdisciplinary Achiever Award from the Australasian Sexual Health Alliance.

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My Expertise

How blood borne viruses (HIV, hepatitis C and B) can impact the lives of families, couples and young people

How health systems can become more inclusive of gender, sexual and cultural diversity

How public health priorities are understood and reworked in everyday community contexts

How experts interpret and navigate contemporary health policy frameworks in practice

How media and cultural representations can perpetuate or transform stigma and stereotypes

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