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Dr Luke Gahan

Photo of Lifeblood Research Fellow Dr Luke Gahan

Research Fellow

Donor Behaviour Research Group

Microscope Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, La Trobe University

Luke is a sociologist and was awarded his PhD from La Trobe University where he is currently an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow. He has previously lectured and taught in Sociology at Melbourne, La Trobe, Swinburne, and Federation Universities. Luke is a Qualitative Researcher and his research interests include sociology of health and illness, relationships and family, ethnicity and culture, religion and spirituality, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) health, wellbeing and relationships. He is a big believer in translational research and previously turned his doctoral research into workshops and seminars that he has delivered around Australia.

At Lifeblood, Luke leads the InROADs project which explores ethnicity and blood donation with the aim of increasing the representation of ethnic minorities within the Australian donor panel. 


•    Professor Anthony Smith Conference Award (2013)
•    Study Abroad Scholarship for Academic Achievement (2008)


•    Associate Editor – Health Sociology Review journal
•    Representative on the Ballarat Health Community Advisory Committee
•    Former Secretary and executive member of the Australian Sociological Association (TASA)


•    Sociology Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ)
•    International Sociological Association (ISA)

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