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Dr Peter Robinson

Senior Research Fellow
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. Gay Men's Working Lives, Retirement and Old Age was published in August 2017 with a Foreword by Humphrey McQueen. 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, and the USA. In 2019, Peter signed a contract with Emerald Publishing, UK to publish a book on his gay men's end-of-life research.

Research interests

History; Sociology

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Life histories

Retirement and ageing

Work and working lives


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Australian History - 430302
  • Sociology - 441000

Teaching areas



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

Further information



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