Professor Peter Aggleton

ANU 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 leading sociologist with a background in policy studies, international development and health.  For over 30 years, he has worked with UN system agencies, national governments and community organisations in Africa, Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific to strengthen policy and practice with respect to sexuality, gender, HIV and sexual health.

Before coming to Australia and joining ANU, Peter worked at the Institute of Education in London (where he was Director of the Thomas Coram Research Unit and Dean of Research) and at the University of Sussex (where he was inaugural Head of the School of Education and Social Work). Prior to that, he held a senior position within the World Health Organisation’s headquarters in Geneva. He is currently senior adviser to UNFPA’s Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia for work on social norms, comprehensive sexuality education, and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Peter is well known for his work on HIV, gender and sexuality, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. His interests include equality, inclusion and justice and focus on the ways in which gender, sex and sexuality are engaged with in politics, national and international development, education and health.  He has been 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 $45 million. 

Peter has published over 300 scientific papers and chapters and has authored and edited more than 50 books. He has a Hirsch (h-) index of 70, making him one of the most cited social scientists internationally.  He appears on the Stanford University - Elsevier list of the top 2% most-cited academics worldwide - both career-wise and in 2020.

He is editor-in-chief of two top rated (Q1) international journals - Culture, Health & Sexuality and Sex Education – and the long established Health Education Journal, now in its 80th year of publication  He is an associate editor of AIDS Education & PreventionGlobal Public Health and Health Education Research and co-edits three international book series - on sexuality, culture and health (for Routledge); on the social aspects of HIV (for Springer), and on foundations and futures of education (for Routledge)

In addition to his position at ANU, Peter holds an honorary professorship in the Centre for Gender, Health and Social Justice at UCL in London and an emeritus professorship in the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW Sydney.  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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