Professor Peter Aggleton

College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Gender, Sexuality And Education 130308
  • Gender Specific Studies 169901
  • Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation And Social Impact Assessment 160801
  • Health Promotion 111712

Research interests

  • Gender, sexuality and education
  • Gender, sexuality and health
  • Social and cultural aspects of sexual and reproductive health
  • Social aspects of HIV
  • Health education and health promotion
  • Young people and health


Peter Aggleton is a sociologist and educationalist with a background in policy studies, international development, psychology and health.

He has worked with national and international agencies for over twenty-five years to strengthen responses to HIV and sexual health. Prior to joining ANU, he worked at UNSW Sydney, the Institute of Education in London (where he was Director of the Thomas Coram Research Unit and Dean of Research) and the University of Sussex (where he was Head of the School of Education and Social Work). Before that, he held a senior position within the World Health Organisation’s headquarters in Geneva.

Peter has published over 250 scientific papers and chapters and has authored and edited more than 50 books. He is well known internationally for his analytic work on health education and health promotion, the social aspects of HIV, sexuality and gender, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. His personal interests concern the ways in which gender and sexuality sit within the broader field of politics, national and international development, education and sexual health.  

Peter is currently chief investigator on research projects funded by the Australian Research Council and the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council. His lifetime research grant income is in excess of $40 million.  He one of the most cited social scientists globally, with a Hirsch (h-) index of 54.

He is editor-in-chief of three international journals: Culture, Health & Sexuality, Health Education Journal and Sex Education, and is an associate editor of the journals AIDS Education & PreventionGlobal Public Health and Health Education Research.

Peter is an emeritus professor at UNSW Sydney and holds visiting professorial positions at UCL and the University of Sussex in the UK. He is an adjunct professor in the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University in Melbourne


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