Doctor Scott McKinnon

Doctor Scott McKinnon

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Scott graduated with a PhD from the University of Technology, Sydney in 2012. His PhD research investigated cinema and cinema-going as critical factors in the emergence of gay male culture, community and identity in Sydney from 1950 to 2010. Scott is particularly interested in interdisciplinary approaches to the study of sexuality, and has published in a diverse range of fields including disasters research, memory studies, cultural geography, oral history, cinema studies and gay history.

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  • PhD University of Technology, Sydney
  • MA University of Technology, Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Historical Association (2014)
  • Vice-President, Pride History Group (2015)

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  • Professional Team (SSAP)
  • Professional Team (SSAP)



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Chapters in Books

  • McKinnon, S. and Gorman-Murray, A. (2016), 'Sexuality', Identity and Belonging, Palgrave Macmillan 9781137334923.
  • Gorman-Murray, A., McKinnon, S. and Dominey-Howes, D. (2016), 'Masculinity, sexuality and disaster : unpacking gendered LGBT experiences in the 2011 Brisbane floods in Queensland, Australia', Men, Masculinities and Disaster, Routledge 9781138934177.
  • Gorman-Murray, A. and McKinnon, S. (2015), 'Queer geography', International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Volume 19, Elsevier 9780080970868.
  • McKinnon, S. (2014), 'The curious case of Cruising : debating gay male identity and visibility via the movies', Acts of Love and Lust: Sexuality in Australia from 1945-2010, Cambridge Scholars Publishing 9781443856515.

Journal Articles

  • Dominey-Howes, D., Gorman-Murray, A. and McKinnon, S. (2016), 'Emergency management response and recovery plans in relation to sexual and gender minorities in New South Wales, Australia', International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, vol 16 , pp 1 - 11.
  • McKinnon, S. (2016), '[In Press] Straight disasters : the (hetero)sexual geographies of Hollywood disaster movies', GeoJournal, .
  • Gorman-Murray, A., Morris, S., Keppel, J., McKinnon, S. and Dominey-Howes, D. (2016), '[In Press] Problems and possibilities on the margins : LGBT experiences in the 2011 Queensland floods', Gender, Place & Culture, .
  • McKinnon, S. (2015), 'Watching men kissing men : the Australian reception of the gay male kiss on-screen', Journal of the History of Sexuality, vol 24, no 2 , pp 262 - 287.
  • Gorman-Murray, A., McKinnon, S. and Dominey-Howes, D. (2014), 'Queer domicide : LGBT displacement and home loss in natural disaster impact, response, and recovery', Home Cultures: The Journal of Architecture, Design and Domestic Space, vol 11, no 2 , pp 237 - 261.
  • Gorman-Murray, A., Morris, S., Keppel, J., McKinnon, S. and Dominey-Howes, D. (2014), 'The LGBTI community in the 2011 Queensland floods : marginality, vulnerability and resilience', LES Online: Digital Journal on Lesbian Studies, vol 6, no 1 , pp 4 - 20.
  • Dominey-Howes, D., Gorman-Murray, A. and McKinnon, S. (2014), 'Queering disasters : on the need to account for LGBTI experiences in natural disaster contexts', Gender, Place and Culture, vol 21, no 7 , pp 905 - 918.
  • McKinnon, S. (2013), 'The activist cinema-goer : gay liberation at the movies', History Australia, vol 10, no 1 , pp 125 - 143.


Scott is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Western Sydney University and an Honorary Associate at Sydney University. His postdoctoral research centres on the Australian Research Centre (ARC) funded project "Queering disasters in the Antipodes: investigating the experiences of LGBTI people in natural disasters". This project investigates the vulnerabilities and resilience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) populations impacted by natural disasters in Australia and New Zealand. Research suggests that, in various parts of the world, LGBTI populations have experienced specific vulnerabilities during natural disasters, for example in accessing support services and securing their safety in emergency accommodations. This project seeks to understand the degree to which sexual and/or gender minority status has impacted on experiences of disasters for Australian and New Zealand LGBTI populations.

The Chief Investigators on this project are Dr Andrew Gorman-Murray, Urban Research Centre, University of Western Sydney and Assoc. Prof. Dale Dominey-Howes, University of Sydney.

This information has been contributed by Doctor McKinnon.

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