Doctor Benjamin Hanckel

Doctor Benjamin Hanckel

Senior Research Fellow,
Institute for Culture and Society

Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow - Digital Health and Youth,
Young and Resilient Research Centre


Dr Benjamin Hanckel (he/him) 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
  • Young and Resilient Research Centre



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Chapters in Books

  • Robards, B., Byron, P., Churchill, B., Hanckel, B. and Vivienne, S. (2020), 'Tumblr as a space of learning, connecting, and identity formation for LGBTIQ+ young people', A Tumblr Book: Platform and Cultures, University of Michigan Press 9780472074563.
  • 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

  • Brady, B., Asquith, N., Ferfolja, T. and Hanckel, B. (2022), 'Fear of heterosexism among sexuality and gender diverse staff and students', Journal of Interpersonal Violence, vol 37, no 3-4 , pp 1908 - 1938.
  • Lynch, R., Hanckel, B. and Green, J. (2022), 'The (failed) promise of multimorbidity : chronicity, biomedical categories, and public health', Critical Public Health, vol 32, no 4 , pp 450 - 461.
  • Nelson, R., Robards, B., Churchill, B., Vivienne, S., Byron, P. and Hanckel, B. (2022), '[In Press] Social media use among bisexuals and pansexuals : connection, harassment and mental health', Culture, Health and Sexuality, .
  • Hanckel, B., Milton, S. and Green, J. (2021), 'Unruly bodies : resistance, (in)action and hysteresis in a public health intervention', Social Theory and Health, vol 19, no 3 , pp 263 - 281.
  • Shepherd, A. and Hanckel, B. (2021), 'Ontologies of transition(s) in healthcare practice : examining the lived experiences and representations of transgender adults transitioning in healthcare', Health Sociology Review, vol 30, no 1 , pp 41 - 57.
  • Hanckel, B., Petticrew, M., Thomas, J. and Green, J. (2021), 'The use of Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) to address causality in complex systems : a systematic review of research on public health interventions', BMC Public Health, vol 21, no 1 .
  • Shepherd, A. and Hanckel, B. (2021), 'Ensuring equal access to care for all transgender people', BMJ (International Edition), vol 375 .
  • Vivienne, S., Hanckel, B., Byron, P., Robards, B. and Churchill, B. (2021), '[In Press] The social life of data : strategies for categorizing fluid and multiple genders', Journal of Gender Studies, .
  • Moore, K., Hanckel, B., Nunn, C. and Atherton, S. (2021), 'Making sense of intersecting crises : promises, challenges, and possibilities of intersectional perspectives in youth research', Journal of Applied Youth Studies, vol 4, no 5 , pp 423 - 428.
  • 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.
  • Paparini, S., Green, J., Papoutsi, C., Murdoch, J., Petticrew, M., Greenhalgh, T., Hanckel, B. and Shaw, S. (2020), 'Case study research for better evaluations of complex interventions : rationale and challenges', BMC Medicine, vol 18 .
  • 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.

Conference Papers

  • Robards, B., Churchill, B., Vivienne, S., Hanckel, B. and Byron, P. (2019), 'Generational differences in social media use, gender identity, and sexuality among young LGBTIQ+ people in Australia', Internet Research Conference, Brisbane, Qld..

Other Publications

  • 2022, 'Gender Equity in the Workplace: Intersectional and Gender & Sexuality Diverse Approaches', Report
  • 2022, 'Being There: Young People Supporting Their Friends through Tough Times', Report
  • 2021, 'Navigating Uncertainty: Australian Young Adult Investors and Digital Finance Cultures', Report
  • 2021, 'Social Media Insights from Sexuality and Gender Diverse Young People During COVID-19', Report
  • 2020, 'Developing a Theory of Change, Outcome Measures and Evaluation Design for an Evaluation of the Impact of the Daily Mile on Obesity and Health: Final Project Report', Report
  • 2018, 'Diversity and Safety on Campus @ Western', Report
  • 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

Current Projects

Title: Interventions for young men and boys using IPV in early relationships: Analysing identification, referral and practices, and investigating motivating and protective factors for targeted intervention
  • The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
Western Researchers: Lucy Nicholas and Benjamin Hanckel
Years: 2022-07-04 - 2024-07-01
ID: P00027976

Previous Projects

Title: Examining the OurHerd Platform
  • Batyr Australia Limited
Western Researchers: Benjamin Hanckel and Philippa Collin
Years: 2021-03-08 - 2021-11-30
ID: P00027039
Title: Young People supporting each other through mental ill health
  • Batyr Australia Limited
Western Researchers: Benjamin Hanckel
Years: 2021-11-29 - 2022-05-27
ID: P00027632
Title: Monitoring and Evaluation Framework and Evaluation Tools for Men's Behaviour Change Programs
  • Department of Communities & Justice
Western Researchers: Lucy Nicholas, Ann Dadich, Caroline Compton, Gabrielle Drake, Benjamin Hanckel, Kate Huppatz and Kerry Robinson
Years: 2022-04-19 - 2022-06-03
ID: P00027959
  • Facebook
Western Researchers: Benjamin Hanckel
Years: 2020-09-01 - 2021-03-30
ID: P00026871
Title: An evaluation of the impact of Parramatta Pride Picnic
  • ACON Health Limited
Western Researchers: Benjamin Hanckel
Years: 2022-08-31 - 2022-11-04
ID: P00028272


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: An Exploration into the Everyday Experiences of Transgender and Gender Diverse Students Attending a Secondary School in NSW, Australia.
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: The Motivations and Effectiveness of Organisational Investment in Sexual Orientation Diversity
Field of Research:


Title: How do we design social media platforms that are safer for marginalised youth?
Description: Undesign Podcast Series by DrawHistory
Title: The Daily Mile: a practical look at a physical health intervention
Description: King's College London News
Title: Thriving socials of the LGBTIQ+ community
Description: 2SER Radio Interview
Title: How young LGBTQIA+ people used social media to thrive during COVID lockdowns
Description: The Conversation
Title: Social media and young LGBTIQ+ people
Description: King's Health Partners News
Title: Digital Tech & Urban Public Health: Promises, Challenges & Possibilities
Description: Social Science and Urban Public Health Institute Blog
Title: Trans health and the risks of inappropriate curiosity
Description: The BMJ Opinion

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