Appointment will expand on the significant collaboration already established between WIT and the Centre for Men’s Health at Leeds Beckett University
Prof Robertson is Professor of Men, Gender and Health and Co-Director of The Centre for Men's Health at Leeds Beckett University, Leeds. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Men's Health.
Since July 2014, he has collaborated on the Men on the Move research project led by Dr Paula Carroll in the Centre for Health Behaviour Research at WIT. This appointment will strengthen this partnership while also expanding Steve’s role as a mentor to the wider School for the benefit of both programmes and research activity.
“We are delighted to announce the appointment of Prof Steve Robertson as Adjunct Professor to the School of Health Sciences and look forward to realising the full potential of this exciting partnership,” said Dr Carroll.
“I’m excited about the opportunities provided in holding this role at WIT. Ireland has been at the forefront of men’s health policy globally and has some excellent men’s health programmes as part of the policy implementation and staff at WIT have played an important part in that. I hope that this Adjunct position can continue to facilitate and expand the significant collaboration that has already been established between WIT and the Centre for Men’s Health at Leeds Beckett University,” said Prof Robertson
Prof Robertson’s main research interests are on social theories of gender and masculinities and their application to aspects of health and illness. His work covers a wide range of topics including: masculinities and health promotion; men's mental health promotion; men's help-seeking; the sociology of (male) bodies (including men and disability studies); fathers and fathering; and rural masculinities and health. He has significant experience evaluating men's health and other community based interventions, often using realistic evaluation approaches. He has expertise in a range of qualitative methods and a particular interest in abductive reasoning and critical realist inspired methodologies.
He has strong links with international colleagues and has worked and produced publications with fellow academics, policy makers and practitioners from Australia, Canada and the United States. He has also acted as a consultant on gender and men's health to the UK Department of Health, to Public Health England and to WHO (Europe).
While visiting the Men on the Move research team in February 2016, Prof Robertson gave a lecture entitled ‘Men’s Health: Implications for Health Promotion and Public Health’ that was widely attended by students, staff and the wider health promotion community.