Sociology of health and medicine; the sociocultural dimensions of healthcare testing; gender and the body; drugs, addiction and the self; drug use and sexual gendered identities; agency and subjectivity; the politics of HIV/AIDS
Kiran Pienaar is a Research Fellow in Sociology at Monash University. Her research focusses on the biopolitics of health and medicine, the body in society and social studies of drug consumption. She has a multidisciplinary background in Gender Studies, Sociology and Applied Linguistics.
Before joining Monash University, she was a research associate at the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University where she was involved in a project exploring lived experiences of alcohol and other drug ‘addiction’ in Australia. The project informed the development of an innovative new online resource presenting these experiences in people’s own words. Kiran has also worked in the Faculties of Arts, and Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University. She has published in the areas of health and disease (with a particular focus on ontologies of HIV); drugs, addiction and the self; and gender and the body. Her first book Politics in the Making of HIV/AIDS in South Africa was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016.
Kiran’s current research program centres on two ARC-funded projects. The first explores the sociocultural dimensions of testing in healthcare, focusing on Australia’s national cancer screening programs and the routine use of tests in clinical practice. The second, with colleagues at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales, focusses on drug consumption amongst sexual and gendered minorities, with a view to generating new insights for social care and health service provision.
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