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Mr Tom Witney

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I am currently undertaking a postdoctoral position to support research communication and knowledge exchange activities across the faculty.

I have recently completed PhD research into the lived experiences of men in same-sex serodiscordant relationships, supervised by Professor Jacqui Gabb and Dr Peter Keogh.

Prior to embarking on this research, I completed masters courses in Health Psychology (City University London) and Science Communication (Imperial College London).

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My PhD project examined the experiences of gay/bisexual men in serodiscordant relationships (where one partner is HIV positive and the other HIV negative) in an era in which antiretroviral treatments for HIV have been shown to substantially mitigate the risk of sexual HIV transmission. It used qualitative methods to generate data on participants’ experiences of serodiscordancy and the practices they use to sustain their relationship. In adopting this approach, I aim to provide a social scientific account of how a biomedical advance influences – and in turn is influenced by – individual social worlds.


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))