I am a Canadian-born researcher and writer based in Sydney, Australia. My research program aims to strengthen responses to gender, social justice, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. My work provides something different: I use co-design approaches in which people with lived experience and professionals are involved as active co-researchers in the design of solutions to the sexual and reproductive health challenges they face. I define sexual and reproductive health holistically to include contraception, pregnancy, infertility, HIV and STIs, gender-based violence, and reproductive cancers, as well as the neglected areas of sexual agency, satisfaction, and pleasure. My main research areas include: 1. understanding the intersecting social determinants of sexual and reproductive health; 2. co-designing interventions to improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes; and 3. translating evidence regarding sexual and reproductive health to communities using creative and participatory methods. I am currently engaged in several 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 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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