Peter Aggleton is a sociologist and educationalist with a background in policy studies, international development and health. He has worked internationally for over thirty years to strengthen responses to sexuality, gender, HIV and sexual health. Before joining UNSW Sydney, he 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.
Peter has published over 300 scientific papers and chapters and has authored and edited more than 50 books. He is well known internationally for his analytic work on the social aspects of youth, gender and sexuality, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. His personal interests concern equity, equality and citizenship and focus on the ways in which gender and sexuality sit within the broader field of politics, national and international development, education and health. He 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 65.
Peter is editor-in-chief of three highly rated international journals: Culture, Health & Sexuality, Health Education Journal and Sex Education, and an associate editor of the journals AIDS Education & Prevention, Global Public Health and Health Education Research.
He is a distinguished honorary professor in the School of Sociology and College of Arts and Social Sciences at The Australian National University and an honorary professor in the Centre for Gender and Global Health at UCL in the UK. He is an adjunct professor in the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University in Melbourne