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Dr Peter Keogh

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Professional biography

I am Senior Lecturer in Public Health at Faculty of Well-being, Education and Language Studies at the Open University. I am also the lead for the Reproduction, Sexualities and Sexual Health Research Group. My background is in community-based research and knowledge exchange in the areas of HIV, intimacy and sexual risk. For many years, I was qualitative research lead for Sigma Research and more recently, I was a Qualitative Research Director at NatCen Social Research. I am an Honorary Associate Professor in Community Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Research interests

My research and teaching follow two intersecting paths. First, I explore the role of intimacy, embodiment, affect and materiality in people’s sexual and reproductive experiences with particular regard to HIV and LGBT health and rights. Second, I engage critically with contemporary Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) epistemologies drawing on biomedicalization and post-colonial theory. These two paths converge in my knowledge exchange work which consists in the development, application and evaluation of novel approaches to co-creating and co-deploying knowledge with, by and for marginalised communities.

Over the last three decades, I have carried out many community-based studies on sexual and intimate contexts for sexual and gender minorities and people living with HIV. In particular, I led on qualitative and community-based research for the Community HIV and AIDS Prevention Strategy (CHAPS) which was a Department of Health funded multi-agency partnership of community HIV prevention agencies which ran between 1996 and 2011. I have carried out extensive work in collaboration with national and global SRHR community-based organisations in a range of areas including forced marriage, clinical and social care services for people with HIV, and have completed an extensive programme of applied qualitative research into sexual risk practices of men who have sex with men spanning twenty years.

My current work in the field of SRHR is wide-ranging and includes the communtiy co-creation of comprehensive sexuality education learning resources for use across India and work with LGBTI grassroots organisations in the post-Soviet sphere on decolonising sexuality education. At present, I am engaged on two large projects. ACCESS (Approaches in Complex and Challenging Environments for Sustainable SRHR) is a major multi-agency project developing innovative SRHR responses with the most marginalised communities in Uganda, Lebanon, Nepal and Mozambique. I lead on knowledge co-creation approaches with a current focus on social justice and rights issues. ICTA  (Integrating Care for Trans Adults) is a UK-wide study exploring the healthcare experiences of Trans (including non-binary) people where I lead on community-based research.

I have held many leadership roles at The Open University over the last five years including Deputy Associate Dean for Research Excellence at the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies, head of The Open University Reproduction, Sexualities and Sexual Health Research Group and Health Research Lead at the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care. I am currently chair of the Open University COVID Response Coordinating Group, and am Faculty lead on the University Knowledge Exchange Committee.

 

Teaching interests

I teach in the areas of public health, sexual and reproductive health and qualitative and community-based research approaches . I was production chair for K311: Promoting Public Health and I also teach on K213 Health & Illness.

I am an experienced PhD supervisor and welcome enquiries from prospective students on critical approaches in any area of sexual and reproductive health. I am particularly interested in proposals employing innovative community-based or participatory methodologies.

Publications

The Long and Winding Road: Archiving and Re-Using Qualitative Data from 12 Research Projects Spanning 16 Years (2020)
Dodds, Catherine; Keogh, Peter; Bourne, Adam; McDaid, Lisa; Squire, Corinne; Weatherburn, Peter and Young, Ingrid
Sociological Research Online ((Early Access))


Tempering hope with Intimate Knowledge: contrasting emergences of the concept ‘uninfectious’ in HIV (2020)
Keogh, Peter and Dodds, Catherine
Sociology of Health & Illness ((In press))


Relatively normal? Navigating emergent sensitivity in generating and analysing accounts of ‘normality’ (2020)
Witney, Tom and Keogh, Peter
International Journal of Social Research Methodology ((Early access))


Drug use among men who have sex with men in Ireland: Prevalence and associated factors from a national online survey (2019-02-28)
Barrett, P.; O’Donnell, K.; Fitzgerald, M.; Schmidt, A. J.; Hickson, F.; Quinlan, M.; Keogh, P.; O’Connor, L.; McCartney, D. and Igoe, D.
International Journal of Drug Policy, 64 (pp. 5-12)


Inequalities in HIV testing uptake and needs among men who have sex with men living in Ireland: findings from an internet survey (2019-02)
O'Donnell, K.; Fitzgerald, M.; Quinlan, M.; Hickson, F.; Keogh, P.; Schmidt, A. J.; McCartney, D.; Barrett, P.; O'Dea, S. and Igoe, D.
HIV Medicine, 20(2) (pp. 157-163)


Reaching the Right People: Reflexive Practice to Support Effective Recruitment, Participation, and Engagement in Research With Communities Affected by Stigma (2018-12-18)
Stevenson, Jacqui; Keogh, Peter; Smith, John and West, Elizabeth
International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 17 (pp. 1-7)


Women’s experiences of ageing with HIV in London (2017-12)
Stevenson, Jacqui; Keogh, Peter; Smith, John and West, Elizabeth
HIV Nursing, 17(4) (pp. 134-138)


Embodied, clinical and pharmaceutical uncertainty: people with HIV anticipate the feasibility of HIV treatment as prevention (TasP) (2017)
Keogh, Peter
Critical Public Health, 27(1) (pp. 63-74)


Non-condom related strategies to reduce the risk of HIV transmission: Perspectives and experiences of gay men with diagnosed HIV (2016-11-01)
Bourne, Adam; Dodds, Catherine; Keogh, Peter and Weatherburn, Peter
Journal of Health Psychology, 21(11) (pp. 2562-2571)


Learning from the experiences of people with HIV using general practitioner services in London: a qualitative study (2016-07-31)
Keogh, Peter; Weatherburn, Peter and Reid, David
Primary Health Care Research and Development, 17(4) (pp. 351-360)


Being targeted: Young women's experience of being identified for a teenage pregnancy prevention programme (2016-06)
Sorhaindo, Annik; Bonell, Chris; Fletcher, Adam; Jessiman, Patricia; Keogh, Peter and Mitchell, Kirstin
Journal of Adolescence, 49 (pp. 181-190)


Young women’s lived experience of participating in a positive youth development programme: The “Teens & Toddlers” pregnancy prevention intervention (2016-06)
Sorhaindo, Annik; Mitchell, Kirstin; Fletcher, Adam; Jessiman, Patricia; Keogh, Peter and Bonell, Chris
Health Education, 116(4) (pp. 356-371)


Pharmaceutical HIV prevention technologies in the UK: six domains for social science research (2015)
Keogh, Peter and Dodds, Catherine
AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, 27(6) (pp. 796-803)


Randomized controlled trial of 'teens and toddlers': a teenage pregnancy prevention intervention combining youth development and voluntary service in a nursery (2013-10)
Bonnell, Chris; Maisey, Ruth; Speight, Svetlana; Purdon, Susan; Keogh, Peter; Wollny, Ivonne; Sorhaindo, Annik and Wellings, Kaye
Journal of Adolescence, 36(5) (pp. 859-870)


Problems with sex among gay and bisexual men with diagnosed HIV in the United Kingdom (2012-10-29)
Bourne, Adam; Hickson, Ford; Keogh, Peter; Reid, David and Weatherburn, Peter
BMC Public Health, 12, Article 916(1)


Perceptions of superinfection risk among gay men with diagnosed HIV who have unprotected anal intercourse (2011-04)
Bourne, A.; Dodds, C.; Weatherburn, P. and Keogh, P.
International Journal of STD & AIDS, 22(4) (pp. 190-193)


How to Be a Healthy Homosexual: HIV Health Promotion and the Social Regulation of Gay Men in the United Kingdom (2008-12-12)
Keogh, Peter
Journal of Homosexuality, 55(4) (pp. 581-605)


Addressing gay men's use of methamphetamine and other substances (2008-10-01)
Bonell, C.; Weatherburn, P.; Rhodes, T.; Hickson, F.; Keogh, P. and Elford, J.
Addiction Reseach & Theory, 16(5) (pp. 417-420)


Morality, responsibility and risk: Negative gay men's perceived proximity to HIV (2008-05-16)
Keogh, Peter
AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, 20(5) (pp. 576-581)


Criminal prosecutions for HIV transmission: people living with HIV respond (2006-05-01)
Dodds, Catherine and Keogh, Peter
International Journal of STD & AIDS, 17(5) (pp. 315-318)


Tales from the backroom: anonymous sex and HIV risk in London's commercial gay sex venues (2000)
Keogh, Peter and Weatherburn, Peter
Venereology, 13(4) (pp. 150-155)


Anonymous sex among homosexually active men: implications for HIV prevention (2000)
Weatherburn, Peter; Keogh, Peter and Hickson, Ford
Venereology, 13(4) (pp. 143-148)


Gay Men and HIV: Community Responses and Personal Risks (1998)
Keogh, Peter; Beardsell, Susan; Davies, Peter; Hickson, Ford and Weatherburn, Peter
Journal of Psychology & Human Sexuality, 10(3-4) (pp. 59-73)


Estimating the prevalence of forced marriage in England (2013-04-04)
Keogh, Peter; Kazimirski, Anne; Purdon, Susan and Maisey, Ruth
In: Ribbens McCarthy, Jane; Hooper, Carol Ann and Gillies, Val eds. Family Troubles? Exploring Changes and Challenges in the Family Lives of Children and Young People (pp. 245-256)
ISBN : 9781447304432 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Bristol


The Evaluation of the ‘Teens and Toddlers’ Youth Programme: A Randomised Controlled Trial (2014)
Maisey, Ruth; Speight, Svetlana; Bonnell, Chris; Purdon, Susan; Keogh, Peter; Wollny, Ivonne; Sorhaindo, Annik M. and Wellings, Kaye
Sage


My Care, I Care: a study of what people with HIV value about NHS HIV services across London (2013)
Weatherburn, Peter; Keogh, Peter; Reid, David; Hammond, Gary and Jessup, Kathie
Sigma Research, London.


Testing public health intervention guidance on increasing the uptake of HIV testing among men who have sex with men. Final fieldwork report (2011-03)
Keogh, Peter; Dodds, Catherine and Weatherburn, Peter
NatCen Social Research


Evaluation of the Child Maintenance Options Service (2011-01)
Ireland, Eleanor; Poole, Eloise; Armstrong, Cole; Keogh, Peter and Purdon, Susan
Child Maintanance & Enforcement Commission


Forced Marriage: Prevalence and Service Response (2009-07)
Kazmirski, Anne; Keogh, Peter; Kumari, Vijay; Maisie, Ruth; Gowland, Sally; Purdon, Susan and Khanum, Nazia
Department of Children, Schools & Families (DCSF), London.


Framework for better living with HIV in England (2009-05)
Keogh, Peter; Azad, Yusef; Carter, Michael; Crafer, Elizabeth; Cregan, Sinead; Morley, Chris; Nkwenti, Priscilla; Nutland, Will; Pebody, Roger; Reynolds, Rhon; Summerside, Jack and Weatherburn, Peter
Sigma Research, London.


Relative Safety 2: Risk and unprotected anal intercourse among gay men diagnosed with HIV (2009-03)
Bourne, Adam; Dodds, Catherine; Keogh, Peter and Weatherburn, Peter
Sigma Research, London.


What do you need? 2007-2008: Findings from a national survey of people with diagnosed HIV (2009-03)
Weatherburn, Peter; Keogh, Peter; Reid, David; Dodds, Catherine; Bourne, Adam; Owuor, John; Hammond, Gary and Jessup, Kathie
Sigma Research, London.


Wasted opportunities: Problematic alcohol and drug use among gay men and bisexual men (2009-02)
Keogh, Peter; Reid, David; Bourne, Adam and Weatherburn, Peter
Sigma Research, London.


The growing challenge: a strategic review of HIV social care, support and information services across the UK. (2009)
Weatherburn, Peter; Keogh, Peter; Dodds, Catherine; Hickson, Ford and Henderson, Laurie
Sigma Research, London.


An early process evaluation of the public law outline in family courts (2009)
Jessiman, Patricia; Keogh, Peter and Brophy, Julia
Ministry of Justice


Morality, responsibility and risk: Gay men and proximity to HIV. London (2006-06)
Keogh, Peter; Henderson, Laurie; Dodds, Catherine and Hammond, Gary
Sigma Research, London.


Lambeth LGBT Matters: The needs and experiences of lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans men and women in Lambeth. (2006)
Keogh, Peter; Reid, David and Weatherburn, Peter
Sigma Research, London.


Outsider status: Stigma and discrimination experienced by gay men and African people with HIV (2004-12)
Dodds, Catherine; Keogh, Peter; Chime, Ogo; Haruperi, Thandi; Ssanyu Sseruma, Winnie and Weatherburn, Peter
Sigma Research, London.


Doctoring gay men: Exploring the contribution of General Practice (2004-07)
Keogh, Peter; Weatherburn, Peter; Henderson, Laurie; Reid, David; Dodds, Catherine and Hickson, Ford
Sigma Research, London.


Ethnic minority gay men: Redefining community, restoring identity (2004-02)
Keogh, Peter; Henderson, Laurie and Dodds, Catherine
Sigma Research, London.


Migrant gay men: Redefining community, restoring identity (2004-02)
Keogh, Peter; Henderson, Laurie and Dodds, Catherine
Sigma Research, London.


Working class gay men: Redefining community, restoring identity (2004-01)
Keogh, Peter; Dodds, Catherine and Henderson, Laurie
Sigma Research, London.


The Field Guide: Applying Making it Count to health promotion activity with homosexually active men (2003-10)
Devlin, Will; Keogh, Peter; Nutland, Will and Weatherburn, Peter
Terrence Higgins Trust, London.