Alan Petersen


Accepting PhD Students

1983 …2019
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Personal profile

Research interests

Sociology of health and illness, including sociology of public health and health promotion

Sociology of new and emerging technologies, particularly biomedical technologies and digital health technologies

Sociology of risk

Sociology of the body

Constructions of sex/gender

Sociology of emotions, including constructions of gender differences of emotionality

Sociology of food

Contemporary social theory

Sustainable Societies

Supervision interests

I am interested in supervising students in all of the above areas. Over the years, I have supervised a wide ranage of projects, including on gynaecological governance and endometriosis, the construction of dyslexia, the discourse of weight control, smoking culture in Indonesia, the history of palliative care, podiatric surgery and medical dominance, and discourses of sustainability.

Monash teaching commitment

ATS2717/3717 Sociology of Health and Medicine

ATS2730/3730 Sustainable Societies

APGS468 Qualitative Research Strategies

Community service

Member, National Council, National Tertiary Education Committee (2016-)

Member, Strategic and Scientific Advisory Committee, Centre for Research in Health, Sex and Society (2014-)

Member, National Enabling Technologies Strategy Stakeholders Advisory Council (DIISRHE) (2011-2012)

Member, Gene Technology Regulator Ethics and Community Consultative Committee (Dept Health and Aging) (2011-2014)

Member, Executive, The Australian Sociological Association (2008-2012)


External positions

Member, Strategic and Scientific Advisory Committee, Australian Research Centre for Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University

2014 → …


  • Construction of Sex/Gender
  • Ethical Issues - Scientific Research
  • Sociology of Science
  • Research Training, Practice
  • Biomedicine
  • Men and Aging
  • Social Inequalities
  • Inequalities in Health
  • Socio-cultural perspectives
  • Sociology of Disability and Rehabilitation
  • Sociology of Emotion
  • Sociology of Risk
  • Sociology of the Body
  • Stem Cell Technologies
  • Stem Cell Tourism
  • Digital technologies
  • anti-ageing treatments
  • diagnosis
  • screening

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Projects 2008 2019

Research Output 1983 2019

Recovery within injury compensation schemes: a system mapping study

Collie, A., Newnam, S., Keleher, H., Petersen, A., Kosny, A., Vogel, A. P. & Thompson, J., 15 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 29, 1, p. 52-63 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Capitalising on ageing anxieties: Promissory discourse and the creation of an ‘anti-ageing treatment’ market

Petersen, A., 2018, In : Journal of Sociology. 54, 2, p. 191-202 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Digital Health and Technological Promise: A Sociological Inquiry

Petersen, A. R., 2018, 1st ed. Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge. 144 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Hyping the market for ‘anti-ageing’ in the news: From medical failure to success in self-transformation

MacGregor, C., Petersen, A. & Parker, C., Mar 2018, In : BioSocieties. 13, 1, p. 64-80 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Intersectional research stories of responsibilising the family for food, feeding and health in the twenty-first century

Davis, T., Hogg, M. K., Marshall, D., Petersen, A. & Schneider, T., 1 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : European Journal of Marketing. p. 1-17 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences (UK)

Alan Petersen (Recipient), 1 Oct 2016

Prize: Election to learned society

Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences Australia

Alan Petersen (Recipient), 19 Oct 2017

Prize: Election to learned society

Stephen Crook Memorial Prize

Alan Petersen (Recipient), Megan Munsie (Recipient), Claire Elizabeth Tanner (Recipient), Casimir MacGregor (Recipient) & Jane Brophy (Recipient), 30 Nov 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2010 2010

  • 1 Editorial responsibility

Critical Public Health (Journal)

Mark Davis (Guest editor), Alan Robert Petersen (Guest editor), Suzanne Fraser (Guest editor), Joanne Maree Lindsay (Guest editor)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Press / Media

The hard sell of stem cells: we need a better way to protect patients from harm

Claire Tanner, Megan Munsie & Alan Petersen


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Towards a sociology of "anti-ageing"

Alan Petersen


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research