Andrew (Drew) Dalton

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Senior Lecturer in Sociology

I'm a Sociologist with significant industry experience within the charity sector and education. I have been, and I'm currently, active in the Third Sector for over fifteen years in a range of roles from charity and volunteer management at operational and senior level, fundraising, campaigning and community development work. I have also worked in youth projects and taught in secondary schools as a former Head of Religion and Philosophy and in HE colleges as an Access Course Tutor and Foundation Degree Leader.

I studied for a BSc (Hons) Sociology and Social Research and an MSc Social Research at Northumbria University, as well as an MA Gender Studies at Newcastle University. I am currently studying a part-time PhD at the University of Leeds exploring the life histories of older people living with HIV. I am primarily interested in the lived experiences of people living with HIV and AIDS as well as LGBTQI+ identities and human rights in light of global homophobia and oppression. My other research interests include global health and global issues as well as the role of the Third Sector and volunteering.

Teaching and supervision

I am Programme Leader for the BA/BSc (Hons) Social Sciences degree. As well as this, I am also the Module Leader for:

FDN011: Global Rights and Wrongs
SSC101: Introduction to Social Theories
SSC220: Medicalisation, Normality and the Body
SSC335: Global Health

I also supervise dissertations for BSc (Hons) Sociology, BA/BSc (Hons) Social Sciences and BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care students and teach across all three courses. I am the Strand Leader for the Integrated Foundation Year in Law and Social Sciences.

Research interests for potential research students

My research interests focus on stigma and HIV and AIDS; the sociology of health and global health development issues; LGBTQI+ issues including the nature and impact of international homophobia and the UK third (charitable) sector. I am particularly interested in the lived experiences of LGBTQI+ Muslims.


My research broadly focuses on lived inequalities. I have completed research projects about North East social attitudes towards people living with HIV and public knowledge of HIV transmission, as well as the life histories of people living with HIV in the UK. I have completed further ongoing research on the effects of the UK government's austerity cuts on HIV charitable organisations within the third sector, which is being used to lobby the current UK government. This research can be found on the #StopHIVCuts website.

For my part-time PhD study I am exploring the intersections of ageism and HIV-related stigma on older people living with HIV when seeking sexual intimacy and partners. 

As an outcome of my life histories of people living with HIV in the UK research, I have since developed 'Positive Allies' a new HIV charter mark for employers and volunteer organisations. This is in partnership with the University of Sunderland and 'Live HIV Neutral' to ensure that UK employers, and organisations with volunteers, demonstrate that they are 'HIV friendly' and non-discriminatory in their employment practices toward people living with HIV.

I am also currently working on a research project exploring and documenting the lived experiences of LGBTQI+ Muslims within the United Kingdom.

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Areas of expertise

  • HIV and AIDS: stigma and lived experiences of people living with HIV
  • HIV and ageing
  • LGBTQI+ history and identities
  • Global homophobia and oppression
  • Global human rights, campaigning and inequalities
  • Global health and sexual health
  • Medicalisation
  • The third sector and volunteering

Further information


I am an active member of the Crown Prosecution Services (CPS) panel for Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Crime and the UK Psychosocial Network. I am a member of the British Sociological Association.

Community outreach:

I was the founder and long-term Chair of two community organisations, including:

LGBT History Project NE (an organisation providing free public workshops events and educational training to teachers on LGBTQI+ histories and issues):

Thrive NE (an HIV support organisation in the North East of England open to all). Won the 'North East LGBT Awards: Charity and Community Initiative Award' (2017) and was shortlisted for the National British LGBT Awards (2017).

Hidayah: I am currently the Chair of Hidayah, an organisation which campaigns for, and supports, the rights and recognition of LGBTQI+ Muslims in the United Kingdom. This is a nationwide organisation which has groups across the United Kingdom, from London to Glasgow. You can find further radio and media links where I have spoken about the issues faced by LGBTQI+ Muslims via the Hidayah website:

I am a proud recipient of the 'North East Equality Award' for 'Individuals who Make a Difference' (2016) as well as several teaching awards over my career. I was also shortlisted for the Excellence in Diversity Awards as a 'Diversity Champion for the Education Sector' of which I came 'Highly Commended' (November, 2017).

US Online (2016)

I am a regular user of Twitter. Follow me for updates on all aspects of my research: @DrewDalton1980

I also run the Social Sciences blog site. Please check it out to read about our undergraduate student's example work, commentaries and university experiences.

In the Media:

I welcome press enquiries around my campaign and research specialisms and I am a regular contributor to print, televised media and radio. I have been featured on Channel 4 News, ITV News and BBC Radio. I am also a regular news contributor to the television shows 'Made with Pride' and 'Pride World TV', delivering the LGBTQI+ news features. I have also been featured and written for the Times Higher Education, the Gay Times, Huffington Post, the Independent and Positive Nation. You can find some of the television clips, podcasts, printed news reports and features in which I have been involved with below:

Sunderland Echo (2018)
The Queerness (2017)
THE: Times Higher Education (2016):
Sunderland Echo (2016)
Evening Chronicle (2016)
Gay Times (2015)
Evening Chronicle (2015)

Made in Tyne and Wear (2016)
Channel 4 News (2015) 
ITV News (2015) 

#StopHIVCuts (2016)
NUS (2015) 

HIV Stigma and Employment in Higher Education (2016): also available on iTunes (Free)
LGBTQI+ History Month (2016)

Last updated 17 August 2018