From the benefits and pleasures of sex to reproductive health and rights, I’m interested in what it takes for individuals to be happy and healthy in today’s society. I am a Canadian-born researcher and writer based in Sydney, Australia. My work provides something different: I combine feminist theories with quantitative science to bring attention to the social, cultural, and political issues related to sexual and reproductive health. In doing so, I aim to redefine sex—to challenge traditional perceptions of what sexuality is and what it needs to be. Currently, I am engaged in a number of research projects in Australia and Canada with women living with HIV, young people with disability, migrant communities, and the general population. I have published widely in international journals and write regularly about health, sexuality, and relationships for the general public. I am a Senior Lecturer and Group Leader of the Sexual Health and Reproductive Equity (SHARE) Research Group at the Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney, an Associate of the Australian Human Rights Institute, and an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University in Canada. I am available to provide expert opinion about sexual and reproductive health and rights for writers and producers of broadcast, print, and online media. View my university research profile here: https://kirby.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-allison-carter












Here are some of the research projects I am currently involved with.


Below are a few topics I study regularly and select Journal Articles.

Sexual wellbeing and pleasure

Reproductive experiences

Gender, health, and relationships in contemporary society

Sex education

Strnadová I, Danker J, Carter A. (2021). Scoping review on sex education for high school-aged students with intellectual disability and/or on the autism spectrum: Parents’, teachers’ and students’ perspectives, attitudes and experiences. Sex Education. First Published September 15, 2021.
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Burton O, Rawstorne P, Watchirs-Smith L, Nathan S, Carter A. (2021). Teaching sexual consent to young people in education settings: A narrative systematic review. Sex Education. Published online December 31, 2021.
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HIV and STIs

Community-based research and knowledge translation

Carter A, et al. (2020). Radical pleasure: Feminist digital storytelling by, with, and for women living with HIV. Archives of Sexual Behavior. Special Issue: Innovative Knowledge translation in Sex Research, 60(1): 83-103.
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Kaida A, Carter A, et al. (2019). Hiring, training, and supporting Peer Research Associates: Operationalizing community-based research principles within epidemiological studies by, with, and for women living with HIV. Harm Reduction Journal, 16(1):47. 
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Webster K, Carter A, et al. (2018). Strategies for recruiting women living with human immunodeficiency virus in community-based research: Lessons from CanadaProgress in Community Health Partnerships, 12(1): 21-34.
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I have developed courses in epidemiology and the social determinants of health and given a number of lectures in human sexuality. I welcome invitations to guest lecture on the intersections of HIV and gender and social injustices, critical perspectives on sexuality, and critical approaches in community-based research. I also welcome co-supervision of postgraduate projects that focus on examining the social dimensions of sexual and reproductive health, including the ways in which overlapping identities, structural stressors, and protective factors shape people’s intimate lives, particularly for communities that are less well-represented in research.



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