Staff profile

Dr Duane Duncan

Research Officer

Faculty of Health Sciences
School of Public Health and Human Biosciences
Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society

Melbourne (City)


BA (Hons), MA, PhD

Area of study

Public Health

Brief profile

Dr Duane Duncan is a Research Officer at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University.

Research interests

Gender and health

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Sexuality and Relationships

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Recent publications

Book Chapters  

Leonard, W,  Duncan, D, and Barrett, C, (Forthcoming) Ageing gay men, masculinity and biomedicine, Ageing Men: Masculinities and Modern Medicine, Antje Kampf, Barbara Marshall, Alan Petersen (Eds.).  

Articles in Refereed Journals  

Duncan, D and Dowsett, GW (Under review), ‘Sexuality is a very fluid sort of concept’: Australian men, sexual reflexivity and ‘late’ modernity, Sexualities.  

Duncan, D (2011), Embodying the gay self: body image, reflexivity and embodied identity, Health Sociology Review, 19 (4), 437-450.  

Duncan, D and Dowsett, GW (2010), “There’s no Teleology to it; it’s just about the spirit of play”: men, intimacy and late modernity, Journal of Men’s Studies, 18 (1), 45-62.  

Duncan, D (2010) Gay men, body identity and the politics of visibility, Gay and Lesbian Issues and Psychology Review, 6(1), 20-30.  

Duncan, D (2007), Out of the Closet and into the Gym: gay men and body image in Melbourne, Australia, Journal of Men’s Studies, 15 (3), 331-346.  

Costello, L, and Duncan, D (2006), The ‘Evidence’ of Sex, the ‘Truth’ of Gender: moral panic over a child’s body, Children’s Geographies, 4 (2), 157-172.  

Bird, L, Cornforth, S, Duncan, D, and S Roberson (2005), Professionals Becoming Researchers: collective engagement and difficulties of transformation, International Journal of Critical Psychology, 13, 96-116.  


Duncan, D, Watson, J, Westle, A, Mitchell, A, Dowsett, G W (2011) Gay Men and Prostate Cancer: Report on an Audit of Existing Resources and Websites providing Information to Men Living with Prostate Cancer in Australia, 2011. Report Prepared for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia by Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society, La Trobe University. Melbourne, Australia.  

O’Hagan, M, Kindon, S, Wyse, S, and D Duncan (eds) (2002), Annotated Bibliography on Social Capital with relevance to Aotearoa/New Zealand, School of Earth Sciences Research Report No. 15, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, 35pp.  

Duncan, D (2000), An Investigation and Analysis of the History, Development and Importance of GayBC to the Wellington Gay Community: a research project, Women’s Studies occasional papers (Victoria University of Wellington), queer studies papers, no. 1. 29pp.   

Book Reviews  

Duncan, D (2012), Plural Masculinities: The Remaking of the Self in Private Live, Culture, Health & Sexuality, 14 (1), 117-119.  

Duncan, D (2011), Body Panic: Gender, Health and the Selling of Physical Fitness, Culture, Health & Sexuality, 13 (2), 245-247.  

Duncan, D (2010), Sex, Technology and Public Health, Culture, Health & Sexuality, 12 (1), 125-127.    

Conference Papers  

Duncan, D, Smith, A, Prestage, G, Grierson, G, (2011) Monogamy and an HIV/STI prevention strategy among gay men. Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference, 2011, Canberra, September 26-28.  

Duncan, D and Dowsett, GW, (2011) ‘Sexuality is a very fluid sort of concept’: Australian men, sexual reflexivity and ‘late’ modernity. Future Perspectives on Intervention, Policy and Research on Men and Masculinities. Universite Laval, Quebec City, Canada, March 9-11.  

Dowsett, GW, and Duncan, D, (2011) ‘The china shop might now be in safer hands’: men, sexuality and relationality in late modernity. Keynote address to the CROMM Workshop: The state of play in the critical study of men and masculinities, University of Wollongong, March, 17-18.

Fletcher, G.. Duncan, D., Corboz, J. and Dowsett, G. (2011). Reflections on developing an advanced short course in Critical Sexuality Studies. Naming and Framing: The Making of Sexual (In)Equality, 8th Biennial Meeting of the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (IASSCS), Madrid.  

Dowsett, G. W., & Duncan, D. (2009). Changing Australian Men: masculinity and sexuality in the age of anxiety. Oral presentation at VII Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society. Hanoi, Vietnam, April 15-18.

Duncan, D, (2006) Embodying a Gay Male Identity: body image, visibility and identity amongst gay men. Intersecting Ideas, School of Political and Social Inquiry Postgraduate Symposium, Monash University. October.

Duncan, D, (2006) Out of the Closet, into the Gym: body image pressures in the gay male “scene”. Masculinity, Emotion and Subjectivity, Monash University. July.  

Duncan, D, (2004) “Let Me Hear Your Body Talk”: subjectivity, sexuality and geography. Speaking Through Cultural Geography, Cultural Geography Study Group Meeting, Hobart. December.  

Bird, L, Beals, F, Cornforth, S, Duncan, D, O'Connor, C & S Roberson, (2002) Transformative possibilities for critical and sensitive discourse research. NZARE, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. December.

Research projects

Dr Duncan is currently working on projects that explore gay men's experiences and preferences with regard to monogamy, men's experiences of prostate cancer, and men's body modification practices.