Ms Emily Lenton

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Research officer

Emily Lenton is a Research Officer at the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI), Curtin University. She is currently working on an Australian Research Council-funded project analysing the meanings given to performance and image enhancing drug (PIED) use among men who inject these substances, and their hepatitis C information needs.

In 2011, Emily completed a Master of Arts degree (Research) at Monash Unversity, which examined the links people living with hepatitis C draw between hepatitis C and sexuality. The thesis looked at the discourses of sexuality in hepatitis C advice; the impact of HIV on assumptions about hepatitis C transmission and the impact of living with the virus on sexual relationships.

Emily has a long history of working in the blood-borne virus sector in research, workforce development and health promotion.


Master of Arts (100% Research), School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University

Grad Dip Adolescent Health, Melbourne University

BA Community Development, Victoria University

Research interests

Blood-borne viruses, people who inject drugs and human rights; critical public health; gender and the body


Lenton, E., & Fraser, S. (2016). Hepatitis C health promotion and the anomalous sexual subject. Social Theory & Health, 14(1), 44-65.

Lenton, E., White, B., Aitken, C., Hellard, M., & Higgs, P. (2013). Preventing hepatitis C virus transmission among young people in the justice system. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(5), 834-836.

Lenton, E., Fraser, S., Moore, D., & Treloar, C. (2011) Hepatitis C, love and intimacy: Beyond the ‘anomalous body’. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, Vol 18(3) 228-236.

Seear, K., Fraser, S., & Lenton, E. (2010). Guilty or Angry? The Politics of Emotion in Accounts of Hepatitis C Transmission. Contemporary Drug Problems, 37, 619.