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Associate Professor Adam Bourne Assoc Professor and Principal Res Fellow, Aust Res Ctr Sex Hlth&Soc

I am currently Associate Professor of Public Health at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society (ARCSHS). I work in the areas of sexual health, health promotion and health inequalities. Prior to joining ARCSHS in early 2017, I spent a decade working with the Sigma Research group at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. During this time I led a number of national and international qualitative studies that explored HIV risk and prevention behaviours among gay and bisexual men, as well as community surveys and sexual health needs assessments of people living with HIV. I have published widely in the field of drug use among LGBT populations, especially use that occurs in sexual settings (‘chemsex’).

At ARCSHS, I take a leading role in the development of research that examines the health and well-being of LGBTI populations, at both a domestic level and in an international context. I also maintain active involvement in HIV research among key populations, including the TRANSFORM bio-behavioural study, which examines social and sexual networks of men who have sex with men in Kenya and South Africa. I am lucky enough to work in collaboration with a number of community, national and supra-national organisations. Between mid 2015 and late 2016, I took a part time secondment to work with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, helping to develop the research and evaluation capacity of the secretariat and a wide range of country level linking organisations in Africa and South East Asia. I am currently a member of the Global Advocacy Platform to Fast-Track the HIV and Human Rights Response for Men who have Sex with Men, hosted by the MSM Global Forum and UNAIDS.

I am happy to receive applications for doctoral studies in the fields of LGBT health and well-being, drug use harm reduction and the social and behavioural aspects of HIV and sexual health. I maintain an honorary appointment at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, through which I co-supervises a number of PhD students who examine new HIV prevention and testing technologies. I'm currently an Associate Editor of the journal 'Sexually Transmitted Infections.'


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