Doctor Benjamin Hanckel

Doctor Benjamin Hanckel

Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow - Digital Health and Youth,
Institute for Culture and Society

Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow - Digital Health and Youth,
Institute for Culture and Society


Dr Benjamin Hanckel is a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University. Benjamin’s research examines youth health and wellbeing, social inequalities in health, and social change. His work has examined the design and use of digital technologies for health, and health intervention implementation, particularly in relation to the lived experiences of young people, including sexuality and gender diverse youth. His recent work has also explored innovative methods for public health evaluative research. He has led research projects across Australia, East and South-East Asia, as well as the United Kingdom.

Benjamin is a convenor of The British Sociological Association (BSA) Youth Study Group, and a convenor of the LGBTQI Cluster within the Health Systems Global (HSG) SHAPES thematic group.

Benjamin holds affiliate positions at King's College London (KCL) and the University of Tasmania (UTAS).


This information has been contributed by Doctor Hanckel.


  • PhD University of Technology, Sydney


  • Sociology
  • Digital Health
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Health
  • Methodologies in Social Science
  • Youth

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Institute for Culture and Society
  • Institute for Culture and Society



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Chapters in Books

  • Robards, B., Churchill, B., Vivienne, S., Hanckel, B. and Byron, P. (2019), 'Twenty years of 'cyberqueer' : the enduring significance of the Internet for young LGBTIQ+ people', Youth, Sexuality and Sexual Citizenship, Routledge 9780815379874.
  • Hanckel, B. (2019), '"I want my story to be heard..." : examining the production of digital stories by queer youth in East and South-East Asia', The Geographies of Digital Sexuality, Palgrave Macmillan 9789811368752.

Journal Articles

  • Ferfolja, T., Asquith, N., Hanckel, B. and Brady, B. (2020), 'In/visibility on campus? : gender and sexuality diversity in tertiary institutions', Higher Education, vol 80 , pp 933 - 947.
  • Brady, B., Asquith, N., Ferfolja, T. and Hanckel, B. (2020), '[In Press] Fear of heterosexism among sexuality and gender diverse staff and students', Journal of Interpersonal Violence, .
  • Hanckel, B., Milton, S. and Green, J. (2020), '[In Press] Unruly bodies : resistance, (in)action and hysteresis in a public health intervention', Social Theory and Health, .
  • Asquith, N., Ferfolja, T., Brady, B. and Hanckel, B. (2019), 'Diversity and safety on campus @ Western : heterosexism and cissexism in higher education', International Review of Victimology, vol 25, no 3 , pp 320 - 340.
  • Hanckel, B., Ruta, D., Scott, G., Peacock, J. and Green, J. (2019), 'The Daily Mile as a public health intervention : a rapid ethnographic assessment of uptake and implementation in South London, UK', BMC Public Health, vol 19, no 1 .
  • Hanckel, B., Vivienne, S., Byron, P., Robards, B. and Churchill, B. (2019), ''That's not necessarily for them' : LGBTIQ+ young people, social media platform affordances and identity curation', Media, Culture and Society, vol 41, no 8 , pp 1261 - 1278.
  • Hanckel, B., Petticrew, M., Thomas, J. and Green, J. (2019), 'Protocol for a systematic review of the use of qualitative comparative analysis for evaluative questions in public health research', Systematic Reviews, vol 8, no 1 .
  • Schlagwein, D., Cecez-Kecmanovic, D. and Hanckel, B. (2019), 'Ethical norms and issues in crowdsourcing practices : a Habermasian analysis', Information Systems Journal, vol 29, no 4 , pp 811 - 837.
  • Byron, P., Robards, B., Hanckel, B., Vivienne, S. and Churchill, B. (2019), '"Hey, I'm having these experiences" : Tumblr use and young people's queer (dis)connections', International Journal of Communication, vol 13 , pp 2239 - 2259.
  • Hanckel, B. (2016), 'Mitigating risk and facilitating access to capabilities : the role of affect in the design of an ICT-tool for queer youth in Asia', Emotion, Space and Society, vol 18 , pp 35 - 43.
  • Hanckel, B. and Morris, A. (2014), 'Finding community and contesting heteronormativity : queer young people's engagement in an Australian online community', Journal of Youth Studies, vol 17, no 7 , pp 872 - 886.
  • Hanckel, B., Garcia, L., Santos, G. and Manalastas, E. (2014), 'Assessing needs and capabilities : towards an ICT resource to support HIV-positive gay men and other MSM in Southeast Asia', Digital Culture and Education, vol 6, no 3 , pp 183 - 196.

Other Publications

  • 2018, 'Welcoming Social Wellness: Exploring the Impact of LGBTIQ-Affirming Health and Community Care on Older Gender and Sexuality-Diverse Women's Wellbeing and Sense of Belonging', Report
  • 2018, 'Diversity and Safety on Campus @ Western', Report

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