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Dr Duane Duncan Research Fellow, Aust Res Ctr Sex Hlth&Soc

Duane Duncan is a Research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society at La Trobe University. His research and teaching interests include a focus on sex, sexuality and intimacy; theories of 'the body' and embodiment; men, masculinity and health; and, the critical study of alcohol and violence. He is currently on extended leave from his position as a lecturer in sociology at the University of New England to work on the ARC Discovery project 'Analysing gender in research and policy on alcohol-related violence among young people: A comparative study of Australia, Canada and Sweden' at ARCSHS. This project is exploring how researchers and policy makers in Australia, Canada and Sweden variously address the challenges posed by alcohol and violence among young people, with a particular focus on gender. The project aims to advance understandings of research and policy in all three countries, and inform the development of more effective and equitable responses to alcohol-related violence among young people in Australia.

Dr Duncan's work has included a grant from beyondblue on gay men's experiences of prostate cancer, and an ARC Discovery grant exploring relatively new opportunities for young men in Australia to work on the body as an aspect of self-improvement, health and sexual life. This latter qualitative project brings together emerging literatures on 'sexualisation', masculinity and body image to explore men's motivations for engaging in weight training and associated body modification practices. This project provides insight into men's negotiation of shifts in acceptable masculine behaviours in relation to the increased visibility of male sexuality in Australian society.


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