Dr Adam Bourne


Honorary Lecturer

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

I trained in health psychology and have been working in applied public health research for the past 12 years. Between 2008 and 2017 I worked within the Sigma Research at LSHTM, which specialises in the social, behavioural and policy aspects of health and well-being for marginalised populations. 

In March 2017 I moved from the UK to join the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society at La Trobe University in Melbourne. I retain an honorary position at LSHTM and am still active in doctoral student supervision. 


Public Health, Environments and Society


I co-supervise a number of PhD students based at LSHTM.


My research primarily focuses on understanding HIV risk-related behaviour among marginalised populations, particularly men who have sex with men, people who use drugs and African migrants (living in Europe).

I am also interested in the health and well-being of minority groups more broadly and have conducted research into: homophobic hate crime and social cohension; the broader health needs of people living with diagnosed HIV; and the health and well-being of gay and bisexual men (with a particular focus on drug use). A complete listing of my written outputs can be found on the Sigma Research website.

I adopt a community-particpatory approach in research and, as far as possible, engage with community partners to help understand their research needs, and work closely with them to translate research into HIV health promotion policy and practice. Within the last 3 years I have acted as an advisor to the European Centres for Disease Control, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, the UK Home Office, and UNAIDS on issues relating to the health and well-being of LGBT populations.

Current and recent projects:

TRANSFORM: A mixed-methods bio-behavioural study examining social and sexual networks among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in Kenya and South Africa. The study aims to describe the unmet need for prevention, diagnosis and treatment for HIV among MSM in these two countries and to determine acceptable programmatic responses to these needs.

International HIV/AIDS Alliance: I currently manage a strategic partnership between the Alliance and LSHTM, the goal of which is to develop research and evaluation capacity across its constituent members.Through this partnership I have supported a variety of studies relating to the acceptability of Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among MSM in China, Ecuador and Malaysia, as well as supporting the evaluation design of programmes working with people who use drugs and LGBT populations.

SHARP: A mapping and appraisal of HIV prevention interventions for men who have sex with men in Keyna, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. This qualitative appraisal examined the challenges to delivery of HIV prevention and care interventions for MSM in these four countries and highlighted the key success of the Sexual Health and Rights (SHARP) programme.

Chemsex study: This study explored drug use in sexual settings among gay and bisexual men men who live in South London, including the sexual, physical and mental harms to which they were exposed. A series of journal articles, community reports and podcasts can be found on the study website.

Research Area
Health inequalities
Health promotion
Sexual health
Social and structural determinants of health
Capacity strengthening
Substance use
Disease and Health Conditions
Mental health
Sexually transmitted infection
Europe & Central Asia (all income levels)
Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)