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Honorary Senior Lecturer, UNSW Sydney

Peter Robinson is honorary senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He was previously senior research fellow in History and Sociology at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne.

His first book, The Changing World of Gay Men (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) won the inaugural Raewyn Connell prize for the best first book in Australian Sociology. His research interests include ageing, sexuality, and social justice. His second book, Gay Men’s Relationship Stories Across the Life Course was published in June 2013 (Palgrave Macmillan) with a Foreword by the Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG. And his third book, Gay Men's Working Lives, Retirement and Old Age, with a Foreword by Humphrey McQueen was released in 2017.

His research plans for 2022-23 are to complete a fourth book, which is on gay men's end-of-life experiences, looking at matters like wills, guardianship, medical attorney, and beneficiaries as well as funeral plans and how his interviewees envisage the physical end of life. Like his previous books, this one will draw on interviews with gay men, this time with participants aged 40 and older recruited in Australia, England, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and the USA.


  • 2022–present
    Adjunct senior lecturer, UNSW
  • 2019–2022
    Senior research fellow, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2016–2018
    Senior lecturer, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2011–2015
    Lecturer, Swinburne University of Technology


  • 2007 
    RMIT, PhD
  • 1986 
    Oxford University, MLitt
  • 1976 
    Melbourne University, BA (hons) Dip Ed


  • 2017
    Gay Men's Working LIves, Retirement and Old Age, Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2013
    Gay Men's Relationships Across the Life Course, Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2008
    The Changing World of Gay Men, Palgrave Macmillan