Dr Benjamin Hegarty
Senior Research Associate

Dr Benjamin Hegarty

PhD (ANU); MA (Monash); BA (Griffith)

Medicine & Health
The Kirby Institute

Benjamin Hegarty is a medical anthropologist and Senior Research Associate in Global Health Equity and Justice at the Kirby Institute at UNSW. His ethnographic research draws on queer theory and transgender studies to explain how gender and sexuality influences social and health inequities. His research has investigated this concern primarily among transgender communities in Indonesia, with whom he has conducted long-term, collaborative and interdisciplinary projects related to gender, sexual, and reproductive health. His first book, The Made-Up State: Trans Femininity, Technology, and Citizenship in Indonesia, was published by Cornell University Press in 2022. It was awarded the 2023 Anne Bolin and Gilbert Herdt Book Prize by the Human Sexuality Interest Group of the American Anthropological Association. 

Within the Global Health Program, he is drawing on collaborative approaches to ethnography to work with colleagues in Papua New Guinea to understand the interplay between health and human rights for key populations. He is also leading a Australian Human Rights Institute-funded research project, Transgender rights and health in Indonesia: A rapid ethnographic assessment, which investigates access to legal and medical forms of gender affirmation and its impact on health for transgender communities in Indonesia. He is an associate of the Australian Human Rights Institute at UNSW Sydney and an affiliated researcher at the Center for HIV AIDS Research at Atma Jaya Catholic University in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Kirby Institute, Level 6, Wallace Wurth Building UNSW SYDNEY 2052

  • 2023 American Anthropological Association, Anne Bolin and Gilbert Herdt Book Prize (best book in the field of human sexuality published in 2021/2022)
  • 2018 Australian Anthropological Society, PhD Thesis Prize (best PhD in the discipline of anthropology awarded in 2017/2018)