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HIV, Sexual Health, Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship, Pandemics, Influenza, Coronavirus

1987 …2023

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Zimbabwe born and educated in Australia and England, Dr Mark Davis (PhD, London) is an internationally-recognised social researcher in the field of health and social equity. His highly-cited outputs focus on the immune self, pandemics, superbugs, data medicine and inequity to help build more inclusive and effective social public health.

Mark is principal chief investigator for two ARC Discovery Projects. He is leading research on the social and economic dimensions of antimicrobial resistance prevention (DP200100002) and the sociology of health data for sexuality and gender diverse people (DP230100245).

Recently, Mark was principal chief investigator for an ARC Discovery Project on general publics and the prevention of antimicrobial resistance (DP170100937) and, with colleagues at the University of Sydney, he was chief investigator on an ARC Linkage Project concerning hospital governance and antimicrobials (LP170100300). He was previously principal chief investigator for an ARC Discovery Project (DP110101081) on psychosocial and cultural responses to the 2009 influenza pandemic in Australia and the United Kingdom and was chief investigator on two HIV treatment and prevention research projects, funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council. Mark also conducted research on digital sexual cultures and HIV prevention and the impact of HIV treatment technologies in the sexual lives of gay men with HIV, funded by the UK’s Medical Research Council. His research has also been supported by the UK’s National Health Service and the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Mark coordinates AMR Social Science Webinars that promote interdisciplinary dialogue on antimicrobial resistance with social researchers, policy-makers, biomedical scientists, and clinicians.

Mark’s books include:

Sex, Technology and Public Health (Palgrave)

HIV Treatment and Prevention Technologies in International Perspective (Palgrave), edited with Corinne Squire

Disclosure in Health and Illness (Routledge), edited with Lenore Manderson

Pandemics, Publics and Narrative (Oxford University Press), co-authored with Davina Lohm

Selling Immunity: Self, Culture and Economy in Healthcare and Medicine (Routledge).

Mark is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (elected 1989), the Public Health Association of Australia, the British Sociological Association, the International Sociological Association, and associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine.


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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Immunity as culture
  • Superbugs
  • Pandemics
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Narrative bioethics
  • Social public health
  • HIV treatment and prevention
  • Sociology of antibiotics
  • One Health
  • Coronavirus


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