Keynote Presenters

Associate Professor Melinda Webber

Associate Professor Melinda Webber
Ngati Whakaue, Ngati Kahu, Ngati Hau

Dr Melinda Webber is an Associate Professor and Research Director of The Starpath Project in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is a former Fulbright/Nga Pae o te Maramatanga Indigenous Scholar who has published widely on the nature of ethnic identity development, examining the ways race, ethnicity, culture and identity impact the lives of young people ­ particularly Maori students . In 2016, Melinda was awarded a prestigious Marsden Fast-Start grant to undertake a research project examining the distinctive identity traits of Ngāpuhi, New Zealand’s largest iwi. Melinda had a sole-authored book published in 2008 by New Zealand Council of Educational Research titled 'Walking the space between: Maori/Pakeha identity' and recently co-edited a book titled 'Sociocultural realities: Exploring new horizons' in 2015. 

E: m.webber@auckland.ac.nz

Associate Professor Jen Gilbert

Associate Professor Jen Gilbert

Jen Gilbert is Associate Professor of Education at York University in Toronto, Canada. Her research focuses on sexuality education, LGBTQ issues, and youth studies. She is author of Sexuality in School: The Limits of Education (University of Minnesota Press, 2014) and co-editor with Sharon Lamb of the forthcoming volume, The Cambridge Handbook of Sexual Development: Childhood and Adolescence.

E: jgilbert@edu.yorku.ca

Associate Professor Deborah Lupton

Professor Deborah Lupton

Deborah Lupton joined the University of Canberra in early 2014 as a Centenary Research Professor associated with the News & Media Research Centre in the Faculty of Arts & Design. Her research and teaching is multidisciplinary, incorporating sociology, media and communication and cultural studies. Deborah has previously held academic appointments at the University of Sydney, Charles Sturt University and the University of Western Sydney.

Deborah is the author of 16 books and over 160 journal articles and book chapters on topics including the social and cultural dimensions of: medicine and public health; risk; the body; parenting cultures; digital sociology; food; obesity politics; and the emotions. She is an advocate of using social media for academic research and engagement, including Twitter (@DALupton) and her blog This Sociological Life. Deborah was one of the founding co-editors of the journal Health, and currently serves on that journal's editorial board, as well as those of the journals Health, Risk & Society, Journal of Sociology, Fat Studies, Digital Health, Social Theory & Health, Health Sociology Review, Societies and Big Data & Society.

E: Deborah.Lupton@canberra.edu.au


Professor Peter Aggleton NSW CHESS Conference 2018

Conference Rapporteur

Professor Peter Aggleton
University of New South Wales

Professor Peter Aggleton is an internationally renowned sociologist and educationalist with a background in policy studies, psychology and international health.

A University of New South Wales (UNSW) Scientia Professor, he has worked with national, international and UN system agencies for over twenty-five years to strengthen international and national responses to HIV and sexual health. Peter has published over 200 scientific papers and authored and edited more than 50 books.  His lifetime research grant income is in excess of $40 million and he one of the most cited social scientists globally, with a Hirsch (h-) index of 56. He is well known both internationally and in Australia for his analytic work on health education and health promotion, the social aspects of HIV, sexuality and gender, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. He is currently chief investigator on research projects funded by the Australian Research Council and the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council.

Peter is editor-in-chief of three world class peer reviewed journals: Culture, Health & Sexuality, Health Education Journal and Sex Education, and is an associate editor of the journals AIDS Education & PreventionGlobal Public Health and Health Education Research.

E: P.Aggleton@unsw.edu.au