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Dr Peter Robinson

Senior lecturer - Sociology and History
PhD, RMIT University, Australia; MLitt, Oxford University, United Kingdom; BA (hons), Melbourne University, Australia


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 and is due to be released in June 2017. 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. In January 2017, he became a co-editor of TASA's quarterly publication Nexus.

Research interests

History; Sociology

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Coordinating Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Narrative representation of mental illness in Australian print media: PhD candidate is examining principal narratives that print media in Australia draw on when discussing mental illness. The period covered is 2000-14 and the candidate is collecting articles written for east-coast newspapers.

Outing an unspoken past: homosexual desire and survival in post-war Australia: PhD candidate is focusing on lived experience of non-representative sample of up to 30 gays and lesbians who were young adults in 1950s in Australia. His research interests concern how and where they socialised as well as how they understood their sexuality and their experience of acceptance then.

Understanding public housing provision in Melbourne: a comparative perspective: Candidate is investingating how gentrification affects sense of identity of public housing residents in two former working-class suburbs in Melbourne.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Sociology - 160800
  • Australian History (excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History) - 210303

Teaching areas



  • 2010, National, Raewyn Connell Prize 2010 for best first book in Australian Sociology 2008-2009, The Australian Sociological Association

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