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SHARP Professor, Vitalities Lab, Centre for Social Research in Health and Social Policy Centre, UNSW

Deborah Lupton is a sociologist and media studies researcher who has researched the social and cultural aspects of medicine and public health, parenting culture, the body, risk, fear of crime, digital technologies, the emotions, fat politics, food and HIV/AIDS. Her latest research focuses on critical digital health studies, big data cultures, the sociology of self-tracking and digital sociology. She is the author/co-author of 17 books and over 200 articles and book chapters on these topics. Her latest books are 'Digital Sociology' (2015), 'The Quantified Self: A Sociology of Self-Tracking' (2016), 'Digital Health: Critical and Cross-disciplinary Perspectives' (2018) and 'Data Selves' (2019).

Deborah blogs on sociological issues at 'This Sociological Life' and tweets @DALupton. She is a member of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.In 2018, she was awarded a Honorary Doctorate of Social Science by the University of Copenhagen.


  • 2014–present
    Centenary Research Professor, University of Canberra
  • 2013–2013
    Senior Principal Research Fellow (Professor), University of Sydney
  • 1995–2005
    Professor of Sociology and Cultural Studies, Charles Sturt University


  • 1993 
    University of Sydney, PhD
  • 1991 
    University of Sydney, Master of Public Health
  • 1989 
    Australian National University, Bachelor of Letters
  • 1987 
    Australian National University, Bachelor of Arts

Research Areas

  • Sociology (1608)
  • Sociology Not Elsewhere Classified (160899)