Dr Rachel Thorpe

Investigator Rachel Thorpe

Microscope Research Fellow in Research and Development at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service

Microscope  University affiliation : Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University

Background and research interests: Rachel is a social researcher, with a particular interest in using qualitative approaches to gain insights into the meanings of practices that people engage in, including blood and plasma donation, and how these change over time. She completed her PhD in Sociology from La Trobe University in 2015. 

Rachel has previously worked in the areas of HIV social research, gender, sexuality and ageing.  She is currently involved in a range of projects to do with donor behaviour, investigating ways to improve the recruitment and retention of donors. 

Awards and leadership: Rachel is a member of the International Sociological Association, The Australian Sociological Association and the Australian Association of Gerontology.

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