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Dr Andrea Waling Research Fellow, Aust Res Ctr Sex Hlth&Soc

Dr Andrea Waling is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow (2020-2022) at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS), La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. She is currently working across a range of research projects involving explorations of men, sexuality, and bodies; young people and sexual literacy, technologies, sex, and sexual intimacy, and LGBTIQ+ health and well-being.

Dr Waling is co-leading a program of research at ARCSHS focusing on the intersections of technology, gender, sexuality, and sexual intimacies. Her DECRA (2020-2022) research project, "Sexuality, masculinity and technology: men and intimacy in the digital age" will explore how young, heterosexual men in Australia are navigating and negotiating intimacy, sex, and consent in wake of #metoo politics and awareness around sexual violence against women. This project will enhance knowledge on the ways young men engage with women and enhance capacity to build community collaboration in working with men on gender equality. This DECRA is also a partner project to an Australian Research Council Discovery Project (2019-2021) "Improving Australia's legal, policy and educational response to the technological transformation of sex and intimacy" led by Dr Jennifer Power with Dr Waling as a co-investigator exploring medical, mechanical, and digital technologies and their impact on the sexual and intimate lives of Australians.

Since completing her PhD in 2015, Dr Waling has published over 49 books, journal articles, book chapters, technical reports, book reviews, media articles, and commentary pieces across disciplines of sociology, gender and sexuality studies, criminology, education, and public health. She recently published her first sole-authored monograph in 2019, 'White Masculinity in Contemporary Australia: The Good Ol' Aussie Bloke" with Routledge Press. She is now writing her second sole-authored book, 'Unwrapped: Exploring the Cultural Phenomenon of the Dick Pic' as part of Professor John Mercer and Clarissa Smith's Masculinity, Sex and Popular Culture series, to be published in 2022.

Dr Waling is an executive board member of the Board of Directors for the American Men's Studies Association, and the Australian Women and Gender Studies Association. She has earned a number of awards for her research, including 'Outstanding Paper in the 2017 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence' for her paper co-authored with Associate Professor James Roffee, and she is recognised as a 'Rising Scholar in the Field of Sexuality' (2017) by The Society for Sexuality Studies. In 2019, her co-authored book chapter with Prof Gary Dowsett, Dr Duane Duncan, Dr Daniel du Plooy and Associate Professor Garret Prestage won a "31st Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards (#LGBTQ)" as part of an edited collection by Jane Ussher, Janette Perez and Simon Rosser.

Her editorial roles include:
►Book Reviews Editor, Journal of Bodies, Sexualities & Masculinities
►Associate Editor, Frontiers in Sociology
►Associate Editor, Palgrave Communications

Dr Waling is also regularly featured in TV, Print and radio media nationally and internationally, including Australia's SBS, ABC Radio (Darwin, Melbourne, Adelaide, Triple J), Canada's Global News Calgary, The Canadian Press, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, and France's Neon Magazine, UK Huffington Post, and US Wired Magazine and Mel Magazine among other press outlets. Alongside this, she engages in a number of community panels and other speaking opportunities.

Dr Waling's research has been funded by competitive national funding schemes, public sector grants, and competitive internal university funding.

National Competitive Grants
►Waling, A, Sexuality, masculinity and technology: men and intimacy in the digital age. ARC DECRA (2020-2022, total: $406,649)
►Power, J., Farrell, M., Lucke, J., Dowsett, G., and Waling, A, Improving Australia's legal, policy and educational response to
the technological transformation of sex and intimacy. ARC Discovery (2019-2021, total: $318,000)

Public Sector Grants
►Waling, A., Bourne, A., Lyons, A., and Dhalla, S, Understanding LGBTI Lives in Crisis. Lifeline Research Foundation (2018, total: $33,669).

Internal Competitive Grants
►Taylor, K., Power, J., Waling, A., and Farquhar, M, The Story of Us. La Trobe Research Focus Area: Building Healthy Communities (2019, total: $42,256).
►Waling, A., Bourne, A., Power, J., and Kehler, M, M3: Media, Masculinities and Mental Health. La Trobe Research Focus Area: Building Healthy Communities (2018-2019, total: $47,240).
►Waling, A, The ‘Dick Pic’: Exploring Men’s Motivations for Sending Unsolicited Explicit Photos to Women. La Trobe School of Psychology and Public Health Small Grants Scheme (2016, total: $4,996)
►Waling, A, The Building Healthy Men Needs Assessment. Monash University School of Social Sciences Research Committee Scheme (2015, total: $1,481.11)
►Roffee, J., and Waling, A, LGBTIQ Experiences of Inner-Community Violence. Monash University Faculty of Arts Seed Project Scheme (2016-2017, total: $6,157)
​►Roffee, J., and Waling, A, Victimisation of LGBTIQ Youth in University Settings. Monash University School of Social Sciences Research, Education and Budget Committee Schemes (2015, total: $3,695)

Alongside this, Dr Waling has worked on a number of Category 1 and 2-4 funded projects.

►Young People, Sexual Literacy, and Sources of Knowledge, Commonwealth Department of Health, Lead CI: Prof Suzanne Fraser
►6th National Survey of Secondary Student and Adolescent Sexual Health, Department of Health and Ageing, Commonwealth of Australia, Lead CI: Prof Jayne Lucke
►Rainbow Ageing: Reducing Health Disparities for Older LGBTI Australians, 2017-2018, ARC Linkage, Lead CI A/Prof Anthony Lyons
►Muscling Up: Australian Men, Sexualisation and Body Image Enhancement, 2015-2017, ARC Discovery, Lead CI Prof Gary Dowsett
►Moving On: Mental Health, Resilience and Sexual Recovery among Gay Men Living with Prostate Cancer, 2012-2015, beyondblue & movember foundation, Lead CI Prof Gary Dowsett

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