Professor Christy E. Newman (they/them) is a social researcher of health, gender and sexuality at the Centre for Social Research in Health and Associate Dean Engagement and Impact in UNSW Arts, Design and Architecture.
With a background in sociology, communications, and cultural studies, they have worked in partnership with community, government and health industry partners for two decades to understand the social dimensions of bloodborne viruses, sexual and reproductive health, as well as queer, trans, and intersex health, rights, and inclusion. They have authored 146 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.
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