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Senior Lecturer in Sociology / Programme Leader MSc Inequality and Society

I'm a Sociologist with significant industry experience in the Third Sector and education. I'm currently active in the Third Sector, and have been for over 18 years in a range of roles from charity and volunteer management at operational and senior level. I have experience of fundraising, activism and campaigning, human rights and community development work. I've 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 have been Chair of organisations as varied as highlighting LGBTQI+ histories and supporting LGBTQI+ Muslims. I am now currently the Founder and Chair of ReportOUT, a global SOGIESC (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Expression and Sexual Characteristics) human rights charity.

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 completed a 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 trans/bi/homophobia and state oppression. My other research interests also include global health as well as the role of the Third Sector and volunteering.

My previous publications have examined the medicalisation of HIV, the role of austerity and its effects on HIV services and the difficulties faced by LGBTQI+ Muslims in the United Kingdom. I am currently working on two projects: firstly, researching the lived experiences of queer Ugandan's with LGBTQI+ organisations in Uganda. Secondly, I am about to start an 'Out in Sunderland' University funded project which will examine the experiences of LGBTQI+ staff and students at the University of Sunderland. I am also Chief Editor of a book for the charity ReportOUT, which will examine secondary literature of what is happening in nation states, and I will be writing the section on the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region and it's attitudes toward queer people and their communities.

I am the proud winner of the Vice Chancellor Teaching Fellowship (2020-2021) which is a funded project exploring gamification and games-based learning for staff to enhance curriculum design.

I am the Programme Leader for the MSc Inequality and Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Institute.

Teaching and supervision

I am Programme Leader for, and teach on, MSc Inequality and Society. I am also the Module Leader for:

Sociology undergraduate modules:
  • SOC235: Religion and Belief: Social Glue or Social Conflict?
  • SOC335: Our Planet: Global Health, Poverty and Inequality

MSc Inequality and Society modules:
  • SSCM28: Fear of a Queer Planet? Sexuality and Identity
  • SSCM42: A Troubled World? Activism, Resistance and Social Justice

I also supervise dissertations for BSc (Hons) Sociology and teach BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care students. 

Research interests for potential research students

My research interests focus broadly on both global health issues and the lived experiences of queer people. Topics include: stigma and HIV and AIDS; the sociology of health and global health development issues. As well as this, I am interested in queer issues and human rights, including the nature and impact of global trans/bi/homophobia in nation states and the impact of the nation state on the lives of queer people. I am particularly interested in the lived experiences of queer Muslims and the role of religion and belief in society.


My research broadly focuses on lived inequalities and global health. 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 PhD study I explored the experiences of older people living with HIV.

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 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 which explores the lived experiences of LGBTQI+ Ugandan's, working with LGBTQI+ organisations in Uganda. 

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Number of items: 18.


Dalton, Andrew (2017) ‘Just Take a Tablet and You’ll be Ok’: Medicalisation, the Growth of Stigma and the Silencing of HIV. HIV Nursing, 17 (2). pp. 63-68.

Dalton, Andrew (2016) HIV Stigma and Employment in HE: What Can We Do? Times Higher Education. ISSN 0049-3929

Dalton, Andrew (2014) A Fog on the Tyne? Attitudes toward HIV in the North East of England. Positive Nation.

Dalton, Andrew (2005) Understanding 12-14 Year Olds, Margot Waddell (Review). 0-19 Magazine. p. 27.

Dalton, Andrew (2004) Review of Book: Online Connections: Internet Interpersonal Relationships. Centre for Cyber cultural research.

Dalton, Andrew (2004) How to do the History of Homosexuality by David M. Halperin Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2002 (Review). Sexualities, Evolution and Gender, 6 (2-3). pp. 217-224. ISSN 1479-2508

Dalton, Andrew (2003) Virtual gender: technology, Consumption and Identity (Review). Centre for Cyber Cultural Research.

Book Section

Dalton, Andrew (2018) Cutting the Ribbon? Austerity Measures and the Problems Faced by the HIV Third Sector. In: Austerity Policies: Bad Ideas in Practice. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 173-195. ISBN 978-3-319-79120-3


Dalton, Andrew (2017) Silent Scream? The Life Histories of People Living with HIV in the North East of England. Project Report. UNSPECIFIED.

Dalton, Andrew (2016) Cutting the Ribbon? The Current Health of UK based HIV/AIDS Organisations and the Effects of Austerity (2016). Discussion Paper. University of Sunderland, Sunderland.

Dalton, Andrew (2014) A Survey of Public Knowledge and Attitudes toward HIV in the North East of England. Project Report. Body Positive North East, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Conference or Workshop Item

Dalton, Andrew (2015) '"I have a story to tell and I need to somehow help others by telling it". Living with HIV/AIDS and the usefulness of Life Histories as an Educational Tool for the Wider Community.'. In: European Sociological Association's 12th Annual Conference: 'Differences, Inequalities and Sociological Imagination'., 25-28 Aug 2015, Prague Congress Centre, Prague, Czech Republic. (Unpublished)

Dalton, Andrew (2015) '"Aren't you too old for that and with your condition?" The 'Double Impact' of Ageism and HIV-related Stigma on Older People Seeking Sexual and Intimate Partners'. In: Sex(y) Seminar Series, 30 May 2015, Northumbria University, UK. (Unpublished)

Dalton, Andrew (2014) Were things better back then? Is the Gay 'Community' now in Decline?'. In: Public Lecture, North of England Mining Institute, 3 Dec 2014, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. (Unpublished)

Dalton, Andrew (2014) Silent Scream? Issues faced using a Life Histories Approach when Interviewing People who are living with HIV in the North East of England. In: European Sociology Conference: Creative Applicatons of Biographical Research: Theory, Practice and Policy, 11-12 Sep 2014, Durham University. (Unpublished)

Dalton, Andrew (2014) 'HIV and AIDS Awareness'. In: CPD Training, 2014, Northumbria University. (Unpublished)

Dalton, Andrew (2010) Do they even exist? How do male sex workers negotiate their masculinity within their work? In: MA Dissertation Conference, 22 Apr 2010, Newcastle University. (Unpublished)


Dalton, Andrew (2013) Modern Weddings. 1 Apr 2012 - 30 Mar 2014, Newcastle Discovery Museum.

This list was generated on Tue Jun 22 18:31:22 2021 BST.
  • HIV and AIDS: stigma and lived experiences of people living with HIV
  • HIV and ageing
  • LGBTQI+ history and identities
  • Global trans/bi/homophobia and oppression
  • Global human rights, campaigning and inequalities
  • Global health and sexual health
  • Medicalisation
  • The third sector and volunteering
Memberships: I am a member of the British Sociological Association and the HEA.

Community outreach: I have been involved with many charitable organisations, including:

LGBT History Project NE: I was Founder and Chair of LGBT History Project, an organisation in the North East of England, providing free public workshops, conferences, events and educational training to teachers on LGBTQI+ histories and issues.

Thrive NE: I was the Founder of Thrive NE, an HIV support organisation in the North East of England. During this time, we won the 'North East LGBT Awards: Charity and Community Initiative Award' (2017) and was shortlisted for the National British LGBT Awards (2017).

Hidayah: I was 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. 

ReportOUT: I am now the Founder and Chair of ReportOUT, a charity focusing on the human rights of SOGIESC people globally in different nation states.

Awards: I am a proud recipient of the 'North East LGBT Awards' and I won the 'North East Equality Award' for 'Individuals who Make a Difference' (2016) as well as several teaching awards over my career. I was shortlisted for the Excellence in Diversity Awards as a 'Diversity Champion for the Education Sector' of which I came 'Highly Commended' (November, 2017) and nominated/shortlisted again in 2018.

US Online (2016)

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

Blog: 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 15 June 2021

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