Dr Duane Duncan

Lecturer - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Duane Duncan

Phone: +61 2 6773 5147

Email: dduncan8@une.edu.au


PhD (Sociology) Monash University, MA, BA(Hons) Victoria University of Wellington

Teaching Areas

SOCY382/582 Sex and Pleasure in Western Culture

SOCY360 Social Inequalities

Supervision Areas

  • Sexuality
  • Gender
  • The body/embodiment
  • Masculinities
  • Intimacy and social change

Research Interests

Dr Duane Duncan is a Lecturer in Sociology. His research and teaching interests include a focus on sex, sexuality and intimacy; theories of 'the body' and embodiment; and, men, masculinity and health. He previously held a position as Research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University in Melbourne. He currently holds a priority grant from beyondblue on gay men's experiences of prostate cancer, and an ARC Discovery grant ('Muscling Up') that explores relatively new opportunities for young men in Australia to work on the body as an aspect of self-improvement, health and sexual life. This latter qualitative project brings together emerging literatures on 'sexualisation', masculinity and body image to explore men's motivations for engaging in weight training and associated practices, including anabolic steroid use. This project will provide insight into men's negotiation of shifts in acceptable masculine behaviours in relation to the increased visibility of male sexuality in Australian society.


Articles, book chapters

Duncan, D., Prestage, G., & Grierson, J. (Forthcoming) 'I'd much rather have sexual intimacy as opposed to sex': Young Australian gay men, sex relationships and monogamy, Sexualities

Lyons, A., Dowsett, G.W., Wassersug, R. & Duncan, D. (2014) Flexibility in men's sexual response to iatrogenic erectile dysfunction from prostate cancer treatment, Sexual Medicine 2(3), 115-120.

Duncan, D., Prestage, G., Grierson, J. (2014) Trust, commitment, love and sex: monogamy and gay men, Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, June 2014, 1-6.

Leonard, W, Duncan, D, and Barrett, C (2013) 'What a difference a gay makes: the constitution of the older gay man', Ageing Men: Masculinities and Modern Medicine, Antje Kampf, Barbara Marshall, Alan Petersen (Eds.). Routledge, Oxford

Wassersug, R., Dowsett, G.W., Lyons, A., Duncan, D., Pitts, M. (2013) Diagnostic and Outcome Differences between Heterosexual and Non-Heterosexual Men Treated for Prostate Cancer, Urology, 82(3), 565-571.

Fletcher, G., Dowsett, G.W., Duncan, D., Slavin, S., Corboz, J. (2012) Advancing Sexuality Studies: a short course on sexuality theory and research methodologies, Sex Education, DOI:10.1080/14681811.2012.742847

Duncan, D (2010), 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.

Conference papers

Duncan, D, Prestage, G, & Grierson, J (2014) Fidelity Rules: Dating, Sex and HIV Risk among Young Australian Gay Men, AIDS 2014: 20th International AIDS Conference, Melbourne, Australia, July 20-25.

Duncan, D, Prestage, G, Grierson, J (2013) Young gay men, sex, relationships and HIV risk, Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference, 2013, Darwin, October, 21-23

Wassersug, R, Lyons, A, Duncan, D, Dowsett, G and Pitts, M (2012), 'Prostate cancer in a nonheterosexual population: An international comparison of psychosocial experiences of heterosexual and non-heterosexual prostate cancer survivors', oral presentation to the 2012 Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO) Conference, Vancouver, April.

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.

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) 'Transformativepossibilities for critical and sensitive discourse research'. NZARE, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand, December.

Book reviews

Duncan, D (2012), Plural Masculinities: The Remaking of the Self in Private Life, 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.

Community reports

Wong, W.K.T., Lowe, A., Dowsett, G.W., Duncan, D., O'Keefe, D., & Mitchell, A. (2013) Prostate Cancer Information Needs of Gay Men. Sydney, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

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.