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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

Biography

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) and drew on interviews with 97 men from Australia, England, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, and the United States.

He completed a third book (also with Palgrave Macmillan, UK) that 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 early 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

Current PhD candidate: Outing an unspoken past: Homosexual desire and survival in post-war Australia: In line with published research (in-press) on three generations of gay men's working lives, Gay Men's Working Lives, Retirement and Old Age (in press, 2017). Emphases: lived experience and changes since 1950s to the world of work in Australia and similar countries.

Current PhD candidate: Representations of mental illness in Australian print media

Current PhD candidate: Understanding public housing provision in Melbourne: a comparative perspective

PhD Topics for Prospective Student: Homophobia in Australian sport: In line with published research (in-press) on three generations of gay men's working lives, Gay Men's Working Lives, Retirement and Old Age (in press, 2017). Emphases: lived experience and changes since 1950s to the world of work in Australia and similar countries.

PhD Topics for Prospective Student: Men and Masculinities: In line with published research (in-press) on three generations of gay men's working lives, Gay Men's Working Lives, Retirement and Old Age (in press, 2017). Emphases: lived experience and changes since 1950s to the world of work in Australia and similar countries.

PhD Topics for Prospective Student: Working lives: In line with published research (in-press) on three generations of gay men's working lives, Gay Men's Working Lives, Retirement and Old Age (in press, 2017). Emphases: lived experience and changes since 1950s to the world of work in Australia and similar countries.

Honours

Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Sociology - 160800

Teaching areas

History;Sociology

Awards

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