Researcher

Dr James MacGibbon

Keywords

Fields of Research (FoR)

Public health, Health surveillance, Infectious diseases, Social psychology, Sociology and social studies of science and technology

Biography

James MacGibbon (he/him) is a social and behavioural scientist at UNSW's Centre for Social Research in Health researching sexual health and wellbeing among gay men, bi+ and queer people, and with other men who have sex with men. With a commitment to collaboration and interdisciplinary research, James works alongside community and public health stakeholders to advance social research concerning testing, prevention and treatment of HIV and...view more

James MacGibbon (he/him) is a social and behavioural scientist at UNSW's Centre for Social Research in Health researching sexual health and wellbeing among gay men, bi+ and queer people, and with other men who have sex with men. With a commitment to collaboration and interdisciplinary research, James works alongside community and public health stakeholders to advance social research concerning testing, prevention and treatment of HIV and sexually transmissible infections (STIs).

James' research program includes monitoring behavioural trends in sexual practices, community perceptions of HIV treatment as prevention, and attitudes towards prevention technologies such as HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and antibiotics for the prevention of STIs (Doxy-PEP). In 2022, James led Australia's first social and behavioural study of mpox (formerly monkeypox), providing critical insights into community awareness of mpox and vaccination acceptance. As an Associate of the Australian Human Rights Institute, James leads research concerning bodily autonomy and male circumcision, addressing fundamental questions about individual rights and bodily integrity.

James is driven to create social impact through research, working across projects that improve community wellbeing and advance public health knowledge.


My Grants

Australian Human Rights Institute Seed Funding: Non-therapeutic male infant circumcision: Rights to bodily integrity and autonomy. This work comprises a systematic review of male infant circumcision and its intersection with human rights, public health and sociocultural norms.


My Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales

Master of Applied Linguistics, University of New England

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons), Australian College of Applied Psychology

Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science, Australian College of Applied Psychology

Bachelor of Languages, Australian National University


My Awards

Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship


My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

Available to co-supervise social research in HIV prevention, particularly PrEP. Quantitative, qualitative or mixed-methods approaches welcome.


Currently supervising

Simin Yu, Understanding and reducing barriers to HIV prevention and sexual health among gay and bisexual men who have recently migrated to Australia

Sarah Meijer, Openness to HIV sero-different partnering among gay and bisexual men in Australia


My Engagement

Member, Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)

Member, Australian Sociological Association

Associate, Australian Human Rights Institute

Member, International AIDS Society

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