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Associate Professor Deborah Dempsey

Associate Professor, Sociology


Associate Professor Deborah Dempsey is Academic Director Research Training for the School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. Deb’s research interests are in the sociology of families, sexuality and health, especially family formation through assisted reproductive technologies, and the personal and social wellbeing of LGBTI people. Deb has published widely on the social aspects of family formation through assisted reproductive technologies and is best known for her work on families created through donor conception and surrogacy in the LGBTI communities. Recent publications include Same-Sex Parented Families in Australia, published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies in 2013; Families, Relationships and Intimate Life, 2nd edition, (with Jo Lindsay) published by Oxford University Press in 2014 and Qualitative Social Research: Contemporary Methods for the Digital Age (with Viv Waller and Karen Farquharson) published by Sage in 2016. Deb is currently researching LGBTI homelessness in Australia, donor linking and the use of onshore clinical fertility services by LGBT Australians.

Fields of Research

  • Sociology - 160800

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