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Emeritus Scientia Professor Peter Aggleton

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Biography

Peter Aggleton is a sociologist and educationalist with a background in policy studies, international development and health.  He has worked internationally for over thirty years to strengthen responses to sexuality, gender, HIV and sexual health. Before joining UNSW Sydney, he worked at the Institute of Education in London (where he was Director of the Thomas Coram Research Unit and Dean of Research) and at the University of Sussex (where he...view more

Peter Aggleton is a sociologist and educationalist with a background in policy studies, international development and health.  He has worked internationally for over thirty years to strengthen responses to sexuality, gender, HIV and sexual health. Before joining UNSW Sydney, he worked at the Institute of Education in London (where he was Director of the Thomas Coram Research Unit and Dean of Research) and at the University of Sussex (where he was inaugural Head of the School of Education and Social Work). Prior to that, he held a senior position within the World Health Organisation’s headquarters in Geneva.

Peter has published over 300 scientific papers and chapters and has authored and edited more than 50 books. He is well known internationally for his analytic work on the social aspects of youth, gender and sexuality, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. His personal interests concern equity, equality and citizenship and focus on the ways in which gender and sexuality sit within the broader field of politics, national and international development, education and health.  He is currently chief investigator on research projects funded by the Australian Research Council and the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council. His lifetime research grant income is in excess of $40 million.  He one of the most cited social scientists globally, with a Hirsch (h-) index of 63.

Peter is editor-in-chief of three highly rated international journals: Culture, Health & Sexuality, Health Education Journal and Sex Education, and is an associate editor of the journals AIDS Education & PreventionGlobal Public Health and Health Education Research.

He is a distinguished honorary professor in the School of Sociology and College of Arts and Social Sciences at The Australian National University and an honorary professor in the Centre for Gender and Global Health at UCL in the UK. He is an adjunct professor in the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University in Melbourne


My Grants

Ongoing and recently completed funded research includes:

2010-14: Top Girls: Middle class privilege and agentic practice (with Claire Maxwell, UCL Institute of Education), UK Economic and Social Research Council funded


2013: Review of Sexual Health in School Project, New South Wales Health funded


2013- Community-based organising against HIV and for rights among same-sex attracted men in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (with Kare Moen, University of Oslo and Melkizedeck Leshabari, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences), Norwegian Research Council funded

2013- Men, Mobility and Money: A qualitative study to examine the role of mining development on sexual health risks amongst landowners, their sexual partners and others affected by resource extraction development
 (with Angela Kelly, PNG Institute of Medical Research and other partners), Internal Competitive Research Award Scheme, PNG Institute of Medical Research funded

2013- Sexuality, Health & Human Rights of Marginalised Men in Papua New Guinea
 (with Angela Kelly, PNG Institute of Medical Research and other partners), Internal Competitive Research Award Scheme, PNG Institute of Medical Research funded

2015- Queer Generations: Belonging and Sexual Citizenship among Gender and Sexual Minority Youth (with Rob Cover, University of Western Australia; Daniel Marshall, Deakin University; and Mary Lou Rasmussen, Monash University), Australian Research Council funded 

2017- Crystal, pleasure and sex between men (with Carla Treloar, Gary Dowsett (ARCSHS, La Trobe University), Max HopwoodMartin HoltToby Lea, Joanne Bryant and Kerryn Drysdale), NHMRC funded

2018- Fostering the sexual well-being of Aboriginal young people by building on social, cultural and personal strengths and resources (with Joanne Bryant, Steve Bell, Reuben Bolt, Simon Graham, Michael Doyle, Libby Brown, Linda Stanbury, Bronwyn Leece, Voula Kougelos, Karen Beetson, Megan Brooks, Christy Newman, Carla Treloar, Dean Murphy, Annette Browne, Rob Hardy and Jessica Botfield), Australian Research Council funded 

Peter has led major policy and programme reviews and evaluations for agencies including DFID, UNAIDS, UNDP UNESCO, UNICEF and WHO.  


My Qualifications

PhD, FAcSS FASSA


My Awards

2017- Fellow, Royal Society of New South Wales

2015- Fellow, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

2004- Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences (UK)

2001- Fellow, Higher Education Academy

2000- Fellow, Royal Anthropological Institute

2000- Fellow, Royal Society for Public Health 

1996- Fellow, Royal Society of Arts 

1996- Fellow, British Psychological Society


My Research Activities

My research encompasses four broad fields:

Social and cultural dimensions of sex, sexuality and sexual relationships (including strengths and vulnerabilities; sexual and reproductive health; culture and transnationalism; and sex, sexuality and relationships education)

Social aspects of HIV and AIDS (including research into cultural and contextual factors influencing risk and vulnerability; the nature, effects and effectiveness of education about HIV; social stigma and discrimination; men and masculinity; and gender and sexual minorities and HIV)

Youth, health and inequality (including studies of gender and sexual diversity; sexual citizenship and youth; elites and their education; Indigenous youth experiences and other issues)

Multi-disciplinary capacity building through research (including writing for publication, book and book series development, and the editorship of high profile book series and international journals)


My Engagement

2018-  Independent Chair, Family Planning Victoria Research Committee

2018-  Member, Growing and Developing Healthy Relationships Advisory Group, Government of Western Australia - Department of Health

2013-  Member, Australasian Sexual Health Alliance (ASHA) Executive

2012- Founding Member, Australia Forum on Sexuality, Education & Health (AFSEH)

2008-  Chair, Australian Development Research Awards Panel (HIV/AIDS)

2005-10  Member, ESRC Research Grants Board (Education, Psychology, Sociology and Health)

2001-2  Member, Wellcome Trust Society Awards Panel

2000-  Reviewer for UK Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council, Research Council of Norway, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, World Health Organization, UNAIDS, and other international bodies

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Location

303 Goodsell Building

Contact

9385 6669