PhD, FAcSS FASSA
Peter Aggleton is a leading sociologist and educationalist with a background in policy studies, international development and health. For over 30 years, he has worked with community organisations, national governments and UN system agencies in Africa, Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific to strengthen policy and practice with respect to sexuality, gender, HIV and sexual health.
Before joining UNSW Sydney in 2012, Peter 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. He is currently senior adviser to UNFPA’s Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia for work on social norms and sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Peter is well known internationally for his research on the social aspects of youth, gender and sexuality, HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights. His personal interests concern equality, inclusion and justice and focus on the ways in which gender, sex and sexuality are engaged with in politics, national and international development, education and health. He is 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 $45 million.
Peter has published over 300 scientific papers and chapters and has authored and edited more than 50 books. He one of the most cited interdisciplinary social scientists internationally, with a Hirsch (h-) index of 66.
He is editor-in-chief of two top rated (Q1) international journals - Culture, Health & Sexuality and Sex Education – and of the long established Health Education Journal, now in its eightieth year of publication He is an associate editor of AIDS Education & Prevention, Global Public Health and Health Education Research and co-edits three international book series - on sexuality, culture and health (for Routledge); on the social aspects of HIV (for Springer), and on foundations and futures of education (for Routledge)
In addition to his position at UNSW Sydney, Peter 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 London. He is an adjunct professor in the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University in Melbourne.
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, British Psychological Society
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
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
2020- Sexual health experiences and needs of sexually and gender diverse young Aboriginal people, including sistergirls and brotherboys (with Stephen Bell, Elke Mitchell, Robert Whybrow, Michelle Dickson and Julie Mooney-Somers)., Australian Government Department of Health funded
Peter has led major policy and programme reviews and evaluations for agencies including DFID, UNAIDS, UNDP UNESCO, UNICEF and WHO.