Dr Simon Clay
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Simon Clay

Bachelor of Arts (Hons); Bachelor of Social Science - University of Queensland

PhD (Gender Studies/Sociology) - University of Otago

Medicine & Health
National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre

Simon Clay is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales. His research focuses on the relationship between drug use and expressions of well-being among queer and gender diverse individuals with a particular focus on community, risk, and identity. Simon's work extends into mental health and substance dependency, STIs & HIV, drug trends within minority communities, definitions of health, and examining how community organisations enact public health policy. He has a background in sociology, criminology, gender studies, and public health, and specialises in qualitative research methods and research ethics in relation to 'vulnerable' populations. Simon has been engaged in research with queer communities since 2015. His PhD explored the ways 'risky' health-related practices like condomless sex and drug use among gay & queer men can be legitimate forms of self-care and techniques of nurturing the mind & body.

  • Book Chapters | 2018
    Clay S, 2018, 'The (Neo)Tribal Nature of Grindr', in Hardy A; Bennet A; Robards B (ed.), Neo-Tribes: Consumption, Leisure & Tourism, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 235 - 252
    Book Chapters | 2018
    Clay S, 2018, 'The Queer Life of Smartphones', in Brickell C; Collard J (ed.), Queer Objects, Otago University Press, New Zealand, pp. 387 - 392
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Clay S, 2022, 'Pleasuring bodies: Performativity and sexual play', Sexualities, pp. 136346072210805 - 136346072210805, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/13634607221080522
    Journal articles | 2022
    Clay S; Brickell C, 2022, 'The Dad Bod: An Impossible Body?', Journal of Men's Studies, vol. 30, pp. 70 - 86, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/10608265211035790
    Journal articles | 2021
    Clay S, 2021, 'A Queer Account of Self-Care - Autopoiesis Through Auto-Annihilation', Whatever: A Transdisciplinary Journal of Queer Theories and Studies, vol. 4, pp. 672 - 676, https://whatever.cirque.unipi.it/index.php/journal/article/view/151
    Journal articles | 2021
    Clay S; Treharne GJ, 2021, 'The ethics of drug use research and ‘wild self-care’: a dialogue between a postgraduate student and their supervisor', Qualitative Research in Psychology, pp. 1 - 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14780887.2021.2003493