Mark Davis

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Illness Narrative, Health Communication, Public Health Policy, HIV, Sexual Health, Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship, Pandemics, Influenza, Coronavirus

1987 …2021

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Research interests

Mark David McGregor Davis (PhD, London), leads social research on health and illness, pharmaceuticals and ehealth. His interdisciplinary approach combines narrative methods for the social sciences, social public health, and science and technology studies. His research has been supported by research council, government and non-government organisations, including the Australian Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council (UK), Health Protection Scotland, National Health Promotion Information Service (UK), and Terrence Higgins Trust in Scotland and England.

Mark publishes regularly in the leading journals of his field, including Social Science & Medicine, Sociology of Health & Illness, Body & Society and Culture, Health & Sexuality. His books include, Sex, Technology and Public Health (Palgrave), Pandemics, Publics and Narrative (Oxford University Press), co-authored with Davina Lohm, and What is Narrative Research? (Bloomsbury), co-authored with colleagues from the Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London. He is preparing a monograph for Routledge titled, Selling Immunity in Healthcare and Medicine.

He leads Antimicrobial Futures and Societies, which is supported by two ARC Discovery Project grants and investigates general public engagement with antimicrobial resistance and the promotion of antimicrobial stewardship. Collaborators include colleagues from University of Strathclyde, University of Gothenburg, University of Copenhagen, Swinburne University of Technology, and the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship, Doherty Institute, University of Melbourne. He previously led an ARC Discovery Project on social and policy responses to the 2009 influenza pandemic in Australia and the UK. Research outputs have been used to inform policy, including, COVID-19: Roadmap to Recovery: A report to the nation.

Mark is a member of the Public Health Association of Australia, the British Sociological Association and the International Sociological Association.

Supervision interests

Mark supervises doctoral research in the fields of health and society, sexualities, and narrative methods in the social sciences. Topics have included, Facebook friendships, Sorry Day narratives, parenting children with severe emotional distress, cigarette advertising in Indonesia, mid-twentieth century public health film on TB and malaria, self-tracking tech, and refugee mental health support.


Monash teaching commitment

ATS3715 Sexuality & Society: history of sexuality; power and sexuality; performativity; intersectionalities; sexual health and sexualities education.

ATS3717 Health, Culture & Society: health and illness narratives; media and health; digital health; health promotion; transformative health technologies.

Narrative methods in the social sciences.

Research area keywords

  • Illness narrative
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Communications
  • Public health
  • HIV
  • Sexual Health
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Pandemics
  • Sexualities
  • Digital Media
  • Immunity as culture


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