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Dr Kerryn Drysdale

Research Associate
PhD, MA, BA(Hons)
Centre for Social Research in Health


318 Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus
Fields: Culture, Gender, Sexuality, Sociological Methodology and Research Methods, Cultural Theory

Kerryn Drysdale is a Research Associate at the Centre for Social Research in Health, located within UNSW Arts and Social Sciences. Her disciplinary background is in cultural studies, with a particular focus on LGBTIQ social scenes, identities and practices. Her doctoral research examined the link between social participation and social meaning for lesbian and queer women when a cultural phenomenon fades via a case study of Sydney's drag king scene. Kerryn's current area of research is in drug and sex practice in social settings, but remains interested in policy responses to substance use among same-sex attracted and sex/gender diverse people and urban LGBTIQ night time economies.


    Book Chapters

    • Drysdale K;Wong K, 2019, '(In Press) Sensory Ethnography', in Atkinson P; Delamont S; Hardy M; Williams M (ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Research Methods
    • Drysdale K, 2016, 'When Scenes Fade: Methodological Lessons from Sydney's Drag King Culture', in Scene Thinking: Cultural Studies from the Scene Perspective, Routledge

    Journal articles


    • Hopwood M;Drysdale K;Treloar C, 2018, ‘Sunshine on a rainy day’: Crystal methamphetamine use among gay and bisexual men in Perth, Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5be39b00ad585

    Theses / Dissertations

    • Drysdale K, 2016, When Scenes Fade: Everyday Investments in Sydney's Drag King Culture, University of Sydney

    Conference Presentations

    • Newman CE;Persson A;Drysdale K;Rance J;Hamilton M;valentine K;bryant J;Wallace J, 2018, '"I found out I have HIV but it's all good, I'm on medication": The deployment of biomedical technologies in HIV and viral hepatitis family disclosure narratives', presented at 2018 In Sickness and in Health Conference, Sydney, 07 - 09 June 2018

Honours and prizes

Finalist, Rita and John Cornforth award for excellence in PhD research, Alumni Council Medal, University of Sydney, 2016

Engagement and Professional contributions


Cultural Studies Association of Australasia, 2012 to current.
Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Association, 2015 to current.
Association for Cultural Studies, 2016 to current.
Cultural Research Network, 2016 to current.
The Australian Sociological Association, 2017 to current.
Australian Women’s & Gender Studies Association, 2017 to current.

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