Dr Peter Robinson
PhD, RMIT University, Australia; MLitt, Oxford University, United Kingdom; BA (hons), Melbourne University, Australia
- Faculty of Health, Arts & Design
- School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
- Department of Social Sciences
- AS 428 Hawthorn campus
Peter Robinson's first book, The Changing World of Gay Men was published in 2008 (Palgrave Macmillan, UK) and won The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Inaugural Raewyn Connell prize in 2010 for the best first book in Australian Sociology. His research interests include ageing, sexualities, and social justice. His second book, Gay Men's Relationships Across the Life Course was published in 2013 (Palgrave Macmillan, UK) with a Foreword by the Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG. It was based on interviews with 97 men from Australia, England, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, and the USA and examined relationships they formed as single men, fathers, in long-term relationships. It analysed also arguments the interviewees made for and against gay marriage.
He completed a third book (also with Palgrave Macmillan, UK) which examines the working lives, retirement and old-age of an international sample of three generations of gay men, aged 18-87. Gay Men's Working Lives, Retirement and Old Age was published in August 2017 with a Foreword by Humphrey McQueen. Together with colleagues from Southern Cross, La Trobe, Griffith, and Surrey (UK) universities, he is working on a large-scale project investigating loneliness among gay and bisexual males. He co-edited TASA's quarterly publication Nexus, 2017-18.
His research plans for 2019-22 are for a fourth book on gay men's end-of-life plans and experiences, examining their use of wills, guardianship, medical attorney, and beneficiaries, as well as their funeral plans and how they envisage the physical end of life. Like his previous books, this one will draw on interviews with gay men, this time with participants aged 40 and older recruited in Australia, England, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Poland, and the USA.
PhD candidate and honours supervision
Higher degrees by research
Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.
PhD topics and outlines
Retirement and ageing
Work and working lives
Available to supervise honours students.
Fields of Research
- Sociology - 160800
- Australian History (excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History) - 210303
- 2010, National, Raewyn Connell Prize 2010 for best first book in Australian Sociology 2008-2009, The Australian Sociological Association
Also published as: Robinson, Peter; Robinson, P.; Robinson, P. B.; Robinson, Peter B.
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Recent research grants awarded
- 2017: AHURI top-up scholarship - Rachel Maguire *; AHURI Postgraduate Research Scholarship Top-Up
* Chief Investigator
- 2018-05-17: Interview with the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG - Swinburne Commons
- 2017-03-28: Aged care: the rainbow connection - The Senior
- 2017-03-21: The importance of inter-generational LGBT+ friendships - SBS
- 2017-03-03: LGBTQIPA: The Importance Of Language - Radio station 2ser Sydney
- 2017-03-01: Evolution of gay words - The Wire, 2ser, Adelaide
- 2017-03-01: Faggots, punks, and prostitutes: the evolving language of gay men - The Conversation
- 2017-02-24: Gay men's personal histories and old age - Palgrave Macmillan website
- 2017-01-27: Elderly gay men are concerned about homophobia in nursing homes - SBS
- 2017-01-27: Gays fear moving into assisted living: study - Washington Blade
- 2017-01-25: Older gay men fear alienation in residential aged care, study shows - Australian Ageing Agenda
- 2017-01-24: New research highlights concerns of older LGBT people - Out in Perth
- 2017-01-22: Older Gay Men Are Concerned About More Than Just Sexuality - Same Same
- 2014-07-24: Noted Works: After Homosexual - The Conversation
- 2014-05-11: Out of the closet and into the changing rooms - Star Observer
- 2012-02-22: Should gay men make sexist jokes? - Daily Life