Steve Robertson

Steve Robertson

Reader in Men’s Health, Centre for Men’s Health, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK


Steve'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; the sociology of (male) bodies (including men and disability studies); fathers and fatherhood; rural masculinities and health; and men's engagement (or not) with health services. He had twenty years clinical and community experience as a nurse and health visitor in the UK National Health Service, before commencing a career in research in 1999.

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.

Steve has strong links with international colleagues and has worked and produced publications with fellow academics, policy makers and practitioners from Australia, the United States and Canada. He was a founding member of the European Mens Health Development Foundation, and he has also acted as a consultant on gender and mens health to the UK Department of Health and to WHO (Europe).

Research Interest

gender, ethnicity, mental illness, recovery, stigma, well-being.

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