Researcher

Professor Christy E Newman

My Expertise

Social aspects of: LGBTQI+ health and wellbeing; sexuality and gender diversity; sexual and reproductive health; HIV and viral hepatitis

Fields of Research (FoR)

Sociology of health, Sociology of family and relationships, Sociology of gender, Sexualities

Biography

Christy E. Newman (they/them) is Professor at the Centre for Social Research in Health and Associate Dean Engagement and Impact in UNSW Arts, Design and Architecture

Christy is a qualitative social researcher of health, gender, and sexuality, with a background in sociology, communications, and cultural studies. They have worked in partnership with communities, governments, and clinical services for two decades to understand the social...view more

Christy E. Newman (they/them) is Professor at the Centre for Social Research in Health and Associate Dean Engagement and Impact in UNSW Arts, Design and Architecture

Christy is a qualitative social researcher of health, gender, and sexuality, with a background in sociology, communications, and cultural studies. They have worked in partnership with communities, governments, and clinical services for two decades to understand the social dimensions of bloodborne viruses, sexual and reproductive health, as well as queer, trans, and intersex health and rights. They have authored 140 peer reviewed publications, and received 26 research grants totaling AUD$6.9 million from the Australian Research Council, National Health and Medical Research Council, as well as public sector and for-purpose health agencies. This research has also made contributions to the intersecting fields of mental health, Aboriginal health, harm reduction, disability, cancer prevention, violence prevention, youth and family wellbeing, aged care, and gender and sexuality studies.

Christy is a queer/bi+ and non-binary person who integrates lived experience and research expertise in contributing to public discussions on diverse genders, sexualities, relationships, and families. Examples include a video project on trans and gender diverse students and staff in UNSW Arts, Design and Architecture, an SBS Insight episode on multi-gender attraction, a Centre for Ideas digital conversation on gender, faith and family with Daniel M. Lavery, and a Sydney Mardi Gras public lecture on queer families

In their role as Associate Dean, Christy leads initiatives to enhance the capacity and visibility of UNSW Arts, Design and Architecture researchers to partner with public, private and for-purpose sector organisations on collaborative projects aiming to achieve positive and sustained change. They have a passion for promoting the distinctive contributions of the arts, humanities, and social sciences, and facilitating multidisciplinary collaborations across and beyond the university. Visit Creating Impact on the ADA website to learn more.

Selected current projects include:

 

Selected past projects include: 


My Awards

  • 2020 - Research Supervisor Award, UNSW Arc Postgraduate Council
  • 2017 - Mid-Career Interdisciplinary Achiever Award, Australasian Sexual Health Alliance
  • 2010 - Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
  • 1998 - University Medal in Arts, Murdoch University

My Research Supervision


Currently supervising

Doctoral graduates


My Engagement

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Location

311 Goodsell Building

Contact

+61 2 9385 4717