Dr Stephen Bell
Adjunct Associate Professor

Dr Stephen Bell

Arts,Design & Architecture
Centre for Social Research in Health

Stephen is an adjunct Associate Professor at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney. With multidisciplinary training in human geography, sociology and anthropology (PhD, MA, BA Hons), he is a senior research leader with 21 years’ consultancy, academic and not-for-profit sector experience addressing health / social inequities among the world’s most underserved and excluded peoples. He has international experience in South-East Asia (India, Nepal), Western Pacific (Australia, Indonesia, PNG, Fiji), African (Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe) and European (UK, France) Regions, and has led a diverse program of work across health (HIV; sexual and maternal health; neglected tropical diseases; health systems and services) and social (gender; sexuality; social exclusion) issues. He has deep technical expertise in:

  • rigorous qualitative research and evaluation, with specific skills in innovative qualitative, ethnographic and participatory methods that amplify the experiences of excluded peoples and engage them in strengthening health and social programs and services;
  • building partner capabilities, with design and delivery of >30 courses with international and national partners;
  • collaborative / partnership working approaches with community members and small CBOs, through to health services, national governments and international development institutions.
  • Book Chapters | 2007
    2007, 'Global Perspectives on Rural Childhood and Youth', in Panelli R; Punch S; Robson E (ed.), , Routledge, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203942222
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Bell S; Aggleton P; Lockyer A; Ferguson T; Murray W; Silver B; Kaldor J; Maher L; Ward J, 2021, 'Working with Aboriginal young people in sexual health research: a peer research methodology in remote Australia', Qualitative Health Research, vol. 31, pp. 16 - 28, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049732320961348
    Journal articles | 2020
    Mitchell E; Bell S, 2020, 'Premarital relationships and condom use among young people in Suva, Fiji', Sexual Health, vol. 17, pp. 337 - 343, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/SH20040
    Journal articles | 2020
    Mitchell E; Bell S; Thean LJ; Sahukhan A; Kama M; Koroivueti A; Kaldor J; Steer A; Romani L, 2020, 'Community perspectives on scabies, impetigo and mass drug administration in Fiji: A qualitative study', PLoS neglected tropical diseases, vol. 14, pp. e0008825, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0008825
    Journal articles | 2020
    Mitchell E; Lazuardi E; Anintya I; Rowe E; Whitford K; Wirawan D; Wisaksana R; Subronto Y; Prameswari H; Kaldor J; Bell S, 2020, 'A Qualitative Exploration of Family, Work, Community, and Health Service Influences on HIV Treatment Uptake and Adherence Among Female Sex Workers in Three Cities in Indonesia', AIDS Education and Prevention, vol. 32, pp. 243 - 259, http://dx.doi.org/10.1521/aeap.2020.32.3.243
    Journal articles | 2020
    Persson A; Kelly-Hanku A; Mek A; Mitchell E; Nake Trumb R; Worth H; Bell S, 2020, 'Polygyny, Serodiscordance and HIV Prevention in Papua New Guinea: A Qualitative Exploration of Diverse Configurations', Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, vol. 21, pp. 248 - 263, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14442213.2020.1758202
    Journal articles | 2020
    Tumwine C; Aggleton P; Bell S, 2020, 'Enhancing hiv prevention: Social support, access to, and use of HIV testing, treatment, and care services in fishing communities around Lake Victoria, Uganda', AIDS Education and Prevention, vol. 32, pp. 196 - 211, http://dx.doi.org/10.1521/aeap.2020.32.3.196
    Journal articles | 2019
    Gunaratnam P; Schierhout G; Brands J; Maher L; Bailie R; Ward J; Guy R; Rumbold A; Ryder N; Fairley CK; Donovan B; Moore L; Kaldor J; Bell S, 2019, 'Qualitative perspectives on the sustainability of sexual health continuous quality improvement in clinics serving remote Aboriginal communities in Australia', BMJ Open, vol. 9, pp. e026679, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-026679
    Journal articles | 2019
    Kelly-Hanku A; Bell S; Ase S; Boli-Neo R; Vallely AJ; Badman SG; Nightingale CE; Wapling J, 2019, 'Developing a culturally appropriate illustrated tool for the self-collection of anorectal specimens for the testing of sexually transmitted infections: Lessons from Papua New Guinea', BMC Public Health, vol. 19, pp. 214, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-6506-x
    Journal articles | 2019
    MacGibbon J; Minichiello V; Prestage G; Bell S; Cox C; Donovan B; Callander D, 2019, 'How Male Sex Workers and Their Clients Shifted from Reluctance About HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis to Advocating for Its Use: A Longitudinal Mixed Methods Study', AIDS and Behavior, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10461-019-02618-1
    Journal articles | 2019
    Mitchell E; Kelly-Hanku A; Mek A; Nake Trumb R; Persson A; Worth H; Bell SA, 2019, 'Caring Masculinities in the Context of HIV Serodiscordant Relationships in Papua New Guinea', Men and Masculinities, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1097184X19889659
    Journal articles | 2019
    Mitchell E; Lazuardi E; Rowe E; Anintya I; Wirawan DN; Wisaksana R; Subronto YW; Prameswari HD; Kaldor J; Bell S, 2019, 'Barriers and Enablers to HIV Care Among Waria (Transgender Women) in Indonesia: A Qualitative Study', AIDS Education and Prevention: an interdisciplinary journal, vol. 31, pp. 538 - 552, https://guilfordjournals.com/doi/pdf/10.1521/aeap.2019.31.6.538
    Journal articles | 2019
    Persson A; Kelly-Hanku A; Bell S; Mek A; Worth H; Nake Trumb R, 2019, '“Vibrant Entanglements”: HIV Biomedicine and Serodiscordant Couples in Papua New Guinea', Medical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Studies in Health and Illness, vol. 38, pp. 267 - 281, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01459740.2018.1530670
    Journal articles | 2019
    Tumwine C; Aggleton P; Bell S, 2019, 'Accessing HIV treatment and care services in fishing communities around Lake Victoria in Uganda: mobility and transport challenges.', African Journal of AIDS Research, vol. 18, pp. 205 - 214, http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/16085906.2019.1648306
    Journal articles | 2018
    Bell S; Aggleton P; Slavin S, 2018, 'Negotiating trust and struggling for control: everyday narratives of unwanted disclosure of HIV status among people with HIV in Australia', Health Sociology Review, vol. 27, pp. 1 - 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14461242.2016.1271282
    Journal articles | 2018
    Bell S; Kennedy E; Black K; Vallely A; Vallely L; Mola G; Kaldor J; Bagita M; Ninnes C; Pomat W; Kelly A, 2018, 'Youth-centred research to help prevent and mitigate the adverse health and social impacts of pregnancy amongst young Papua New Guineans', Reproductive Health Matters, vol. 26, pp. 5 - 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09688080.2018.1512297
    Journal articles | 2018
    Bell S; Wapling J; Ase S; Boli-Neo R; Vallely AJ; Kaldor JM; Nightingale CE; Kelly-Hanku A, 2018, 'Acceptability of testing for anorectal sexually transmitted infections and self-collected anal swabs in female sex workers, men who have sex with men and transgender women in Papua New Guinea', BMC Public Health, vol. 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-5684-2
    Journal articles | 2018
    Hengel B; Bell S; Garton L; Ward J; Rumbold A; Taylor-Thomson D; Silver B; McGregor S; Dyda A; Knox J; Guy R; Maher L; Kaldor JM; McDermott R; Skov S; Boffa J; Chee DA; Law M; Fairley C; Donovan B; Glance D, 2018, 'Perspectives of primary health care staff on the implementation of a sexual health quality improvement program: A qualitative study in remote aboriginal communities in Australia', BMC Health Services Research, vol. 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12913-018-3024-y
    Journal articles | 2018
    Mek A; Kelly A; Bell S; Wilson L; Vallely A, 2018, '‘I Was Attracted to Him Because of His Money’: Changing Forms of Polygyny in Contemporary Papua New Guinea', The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, vol. 19, pp. 120 - 137, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14442213.2018.1440626
    Journal articles | 2017
    Bell S; Aggleton P; Ward J; Maher L, 2017, 'Sexual agency, risk and vulnerability: a scoping review of young Indigenous Australians’ sexual health', Journal of Youth Studies, vol. 20, pp. 1208 - 1224, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2017.1317088
    Journal articles | 2015
    Bell SA; Delpech V; Raben D; Casabona J; Tsereteli N; de Wit J, 2015, 'HIV pre-test information, discussion or counselling? A review of guidance relevant to the WHO European Region', International Journal of STD & AIDS, vol. 27, pp. 97 - 104, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0956462415584468
    Journal articles | 2014
    Aggleton PJ; Bell S; Kelly A, 2014, ''Mobile men with money': HIV prevention and the erasure of difference', Global Public Health, vol. 9, pp. 257 - 270, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17441692.2014.889736
    Journal articles | 2014
    Bell SA; Aggleton P, 2014, 'Economic vulnerability and young people's sexual relationships in rural Uganda', Journal of Youth Studies, vol. 17, pp. 814 - 828, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2013.878797
    Journal articles | 2013
    Bell SA; Aggleton P, 2013, 'Social influences on young people's sexual health in Uganda', Health Education, vol. 113, pp. 102 - 114, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09654281311298795
    Journal articles | 2012
    Bell SA; Aggleton P, 2012, 'Integrating ethnographic principles in NGO monitoring and impact evaluation', Journal of International Development, vol. 24, pp. 795 - 807, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jid.2868
    Journal articles | 2012
    Bell SA; Aggleton P, 2012, 'Time to invest in a 'counterpublic heath' approach: promoting sexual health among sexually active young people in rural Uganda', Children`s Geographies, vol. 10, pp. 385 - 397, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2012.726066
  • Conference Presentations | 2019
    Bell S; Aggleton P; Ward J; Murray W; Silver B; Christopher F; Whiley D; Ryder N; Donovan B; Guy R; Kaldor J; Maher L, 2019, 'Young Aboriginal people’s engagement with STI testing in the Northern Territory, Australia', presented at Joint Australasian Sexual Health and HIV&AIDS Conferences, Perth, 16 September 2019
    Conference Posters | 2019
    Bell S; Ward J; Aggleton P; Murray W; Silver B; Christopher F; Whiley D; Ryder N; Donovan B; Guy R; Kaldor J; Maher L, 2019, 'Young Aboriginal people’s sexual health risk reduction strategies: a qualitative study in remote Australia', Perth, presented at Joint Australasian Sexual Health and HIV&AIDS Conferences, Perth, 16 September 2019
    Conference Abstracts | 2019
    Callander D; Bell S; Minichiello V; Deveau R; Prestage G; Donovan B, 2019, '"YOU NEED A CASH BUFFER": MALE SEX WORK AND CONDOM USE IN THE ERA OF HIV PRE-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS', in SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS, BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP, Vol. 95, pp. A309 - A310, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/sextrans-2019-sti.776