Professor Deborah Lupton

SHARP Professor


Social Policy Research Centre, Centre for Social Research in Health


+61(0)403 076 791
Centre for Social Research in Health and Social Policy Research Centre Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus
Fields: Public Health and Health Services, Sociology, Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology, Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
Tags: Social Structure and Health, Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society, Health and Support Services

Deborah Lupton is a SHARP Professor in the Centre for Social Research in Health and the Social Policy Research Centre and Leader of the Vitalities Lab. She has a background in sociology and media and cultural studies, and her research combines qualitative and innovative social research methods with sociocultural theory. Deborah is the author/co-author of 17 books and editor/co-editor of six book collections, as well as many chapters and articles, ranging across such topics as health and medicine, food, the body, the emotions and affect, risk, parenthood, digital technologies and digital data. She blogs at This Sociological Life.


Honours and prizes

  • Honorary Doctorate of Social Science, University of Copenhagen, awarded for outstanding contribution to sociological research (conferred 16 November 2018)
  • Elected as a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, 2017
  • Nominee, Women with Heart Awards, Heart Foundation ACT, 2017, 2018
  • Shortlisted for the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness Book Prize, 2017 (for The Quantified Self)
  • Commendation, University of Canberra Excellence in Research Awards (Social Sciences) 2017


  • 2015-2018 Australian Research Council Discovery Grants Awarded for the project ‘Small technology, big data and the business of young people’s health: an international investigation of the digitisation of school health and physical education’ (second chief investigator with Associate Professor Michael Gard, University of Queensland, Dr Deana Leahy, Monash University and Dr Carolyn Pluim, Northern Illinois University)
  • 2016-2018 The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences Awarded for the project ‘Self-tracking and automatised bodies’ to fund an international network (with Associate Professor Martin Berg (co-ordinator), Malmo University, Sweden, Associate Professor Vaike Fors and Christopher Martin, all of Halmstad University, Sweden, Professor Tom O’Dell, Lund University, Sweden, Professor Sarah Pink, RMIT University, Dr Minna Ruckenstein, Dr Mika Pantzar, both of the University of Helsinki, Finland)
  • 2017-2018 Wellcome Trust Grant (UK) Awarded for the project ‘The digital health generation: the impact of healthy lifestyle technologies on young people’s learning identities and health practices’ (third chief investigator with Associate Professor Emma Rich, University of Bath, UK and Professor Andy Miah, University of Salford, UK):
  • 2019-2020 Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grants Awarded for the project ‘Living with personal data: Australians’ understandings and practices’ (first chief investigator with Professor Mike Michael, University of Exeter, UK)

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