Researcher

Dr Kerryn Drysdale

My Expertise

Drag performance cultures; Drag kings in Sydney; Lesbian social scenes in Sydney; Queer social scenes in Sydney

Chemsex; Sexualised drug use; Gay and bisexual men's drug use; Crystal methamphetamine

Blood borne virus prevention; Community health; Community engagement in research

Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

I currently occupy two concurrent academic appointments at UNSW Sydney.

1. Community Partnerships Fellow at the Health Equity Research and Development Unit, which is part of the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity (CPHCE) and a unit under Clinical Services Integration and Population Health, Sydney Local Health District.

2. Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Research in Health, located within the Faculty of Arts, Design and...view more

I currently occupy two concurrent academic appointments at UNSW Sydney.

1. Community Partnerships Fellow at the Health Equity Research and Development Unit, which is part of the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity (CPHCE) and a unit under Clinical Services Integration and Population Health, Sydney Local Health District.

2. Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Research in Health, located within the Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture.

My current area of research lies at the intersection of social inquiry and public health, particularly in the experiences and expressions of health and wellbeing among marginalised and vulnerable communities. I take a community-led and -engaged approach to all my work, working with affected communities to determine their health needs.

I was awarded my PhD in 2016 from the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, where I undertook an ethnographic exploration of Sydney's drag king culture as a site for the varied investments in social scenes for LGBTQ people. I taught Gender Studies and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney before taking up a research-focussed position at the Centre for Social Research in Health in 2017.


My Grants

  • “Understanding the health system implications for delivering integrated POCT for infectious diseases in primary care settings” (2020), Treloar, C., Lafferty, L., and Drysdale, K. Centre for Research Excellence in the accelerated implementation of new point-of-care technology for infectious diseases grant.
  • “Efficacy of health promotion intervention for LGBTQ communities: scoping review” (2020), Newman C., and Drysdale, K. ACON Health, commissioned research.
  • Society for the Study of Affect Summer School Seminar convenorship (2019), Drysdale K., and Kasmani, O., Scenes: sites of affective world-making and –writing (International scope; competitive submission process), Millersville University, USA.
  • Ian Potter Foundation Travel Grant (2018), Drysdale, K., Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, Shanghai.

My Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (2016) University of Sydney.

Master of Arts (2009) Gender Studies (with merit), University of Sydney.

Bachelor of Arts with Honours (2002) University of Sydney


My Awards

FASS ECAN Publication Awards 2020 (Non-traditional Research Output category) for ‘Crystal Clear: Negotiating pleasures and risk around sex on crystal’ podcast series. 

Awarded participant, Kathleen Fitzgerald Laureate Mentorship Scheme, University of Melbourne, 3 – 7 December 2018 - awarded to outstanding early career female researchers to complete an intensive mentoring programme with a focus on research leadership and enhancing career progression.

Finalist, Rita and John Cornforth Award (2016), Graduate Medal, University of Sydney - awarded to a person who has achieved the highest standard of academic proficiency in a doctoral thesis, and contributed to the diverse life of the University and broader community.

Dean’s Citation for Excellence in Tutorials (2013), Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney.
 


My Research Activities

I bring a critical cultural lens to experiences of health and wellbeing among marginalised and vulnerable communities, working previously with people who use drugs, people living with or affected by blood borne viruses, and LGBTQ+ communities. My role at HERDU is to ensure equitable community engagement among all facets of the Sydney Local Health District.

Current projects:

  • Centre for Research Excellence in the accelerated implementation of new point-of-care technology for infectious diseases, led by Professor Rebecca Guy (The Kirby Institute). 2020 - ongoing. Social Science stream [Subproject: Understanding the health system implications for delivering integrated POCT for infectious diseases in primary care settings, led by Professor Carla Treloar. 2020 - 2021]
  • NSW Research Program for HIV, STIs and Viral Hepatitis (BRISE2), led by Professor Andrew Grulich, 2020 -2024 [Subproject: Resilient ageing and dying well among older people with HIV or chronic hepatitis B/C, led by Associate Professor Limin Mao. 2020-2021].
  • Identifying factors that improve the health of prisoners who inject drugs, led by Scientia Professor Carla Treloar. 2017-2020 [Subproject: Evaluation of ‘The Hard Cell: Living Life on the Outside’ research dissemination tool. 2021]
  • Deadly Liver Mob, led by Scientia Professor Carla Treloar. 2016-2021 [Subproject: Evaluation of the Deadly Liver Mob, led by Scientia Professor Carla Treloar. 2020-2021]
  • Equity Focussed Health Impact Assessment of the medium to long term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated response, led by Associate Professor Fiona Haigh (HERDU). 2020-2021. 

Previous projects:

  • Efficacy of health promotion intervention for LGBTQ communities: scoping review, led by Christy Newman and Kerryn Drysdale. 
  • Meaningful inclusion of trans and gender diverse populations in cervical cancer screening: A pilot study, led by Dr Ally Gibson. 
  • ‘my health, our family’: documenting stories of family life in the context of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, led by Associate Professor Christy Newman. 
  • Crystal, Sex and Pleasures between Men, led by Scientia Professor Carla Treloar. 
  • Intimate Investments in Drag King Cultures: The Rise and Fall of Lesbian Social Scenes. 2017 – 2019; Monograph.
  • Complex and changing needs of the ageing population living with viral hepatitis and/or HIV in the ACT, led by Associate Professor Limin Mao. 
     

My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

Qualitative research in public health; LGTBQ identities, relations and practices; queer performance cultures and scenes; social scenes and scene-making.


Currently supervising

  • Giselle Newton (commenced 2019), Seeking Someone Like Me: donor conceived people’s experiences, values and practices. Doctoral candidate. Co-supervision with Associate Professor Christy Newman, Centre for Social Research in Health, and Dr Michelle Zappavigna, School of the Arts & Media, at UNSW Sydney.
  • James MacGibbon (commenced 2018), Adaptation to and incorporation of HIV PrEP by Australian gay men in non-monogamous relationships. Doctoral candidate. Co-supervision with Professor Martin Holt, Centre for Social Research in Health, and Dr Benjamin Bavinton, Kirby Institute, at UNSW Sydney.

My Engagement

Memberships:

  • Affect and Emotion Network, 2021 to current.
  • Association for Cultural Studies, 2016 to current.
  • Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM), Affiliate Member, 2018 to current.
  • Australian Women’s & Gender Studies Association, 2017 to current.
  • Cultural Studies Association of Australasia, 2012 to current.
  • The Australian Sociological Association, 2017 to current.

My Teaching

While I am in research-focussed roles at UNSW Sydney, I regularly accept invitations to guest lecture in the areas of:

  • social determinants of health
  • health equity for marginalised communities
  • qualitative methodologies, including sensory ethnography and the art of interviewing
  • queer performances, performativity and LGBTQ scenes
  • scene theory and practices
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