Peter Aggleton is a world leading sociologist and educationalist with a background in policy studies, international development and health. For over 30 years, he has worked with community organisations, national governments and UN system agencies in Africa, Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific to strengthen policy and practice with respect to sexuality, gender, HIV and sexual health.
Prior to joining UNSW Sydney, 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 relating to social norms and sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Peter has published well over 300 scientific papers and chapters and has authored and edited more than 50 books. He is well known internationally for his research on the social aspects of youth, gender and sexuality, HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights. His personal interests concern 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 is 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. He one of the most cited social scientists internationally, with a Hirsch (h-) index of 65.
Peter is editor-in-chief of two top rated (Q1) international journals - Culture, Health & Sexuality and Sex Education – and of the long-established Health Education Journal. He is an associate editor of AIDS Education & Prevention, Global 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)
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 London. He is an adjunct professor in the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University in Melbourne.