Dr Steve Robertson PhD, BSc, RGN, RHV
Programme Director, RCN Research AllianceSteve's photo

Office located at:
The School of Nursing & Midwifery
Barber House Annexe
3a Clarkehouse Road
Sheffield S10 2LA

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 2624
Email : s.robertson@sheffield.ac.uk


My clinical background was 17 years in critical care nursing and public health nursing (health visiting) before I commenced an applied research career. My main interests are around social theories of gender and masculinity and the application of these to public health and health promotion. Conceptually, I have particular interest in Critical Realism, the work of Pierre Bourdieu and in the theory and practice of Thematic Analysis. I have extensive experience evaluating a range of health promotion and self-care interventions. In 2007, I wrote what has become a seminal text, ‘Understanding Men and Health’. I have worked with fellow academics, policy makers and practitioners in Australia, the United States, Canada and Europe. In 2016, I became an Adjunct (Visiting) Professor at Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland and in 2017 became Emeritus Professor at Leeds Beckett University. I am currently Programme Director on the University of Sheffield/RCN Alliance Research Programme.

Teaching Interests

Gender, masculinities and health; research skills and methods; the sociology of health & illness; health promotion. I have a strong track record in Master’s level dissertation supervision, in Doctoral supervision and completion and have mentored at Post-Doctoral level.

Professional Activities

I am Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Men’s Social & Community Health and Section Editor, Mental Health, American Journal of Men's Health.

I have reviewed for a wide range of national and international grant awarding bodies including Nationally: the ESRC; NIHR; Health & Social Care Research & Development Office, Northern Ireland; The Prostate Cancer Charity; British Academy/Leverhulme; BUPA Foundation; Chief Scientist Office, Scotland. Internationally: Swedish Research Council; Health Research Board, Ireland; Canadian Institute of Health Research; Australian Research Council.

In 2017 I accepted an invitation to become a member of the Council of Reviewers for the Canadian Institute of Health Research. I am a member of the British Sociological Association and have acted as a consultant on gender and men’s health to the UK Department of Health and to WHO (Europe).

Key publications


  • Robertson S (2007) Understanding Men And Health: Masculinities, Identity And Well-Being Masculinity, Identity and Well-being. McGraw-Hill Education (UK). RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


  • Robertson S, Gough B & Robinson M (2017) Masculinities and health inequalities within neoliberal economies In Walker C & Roberts S (Ed.), Masculinity, Labour, and Neoliberalism: Working-Class Men in International Perspective Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robertson S & Gough B (2017) A Review of Research on Men’s Physical Health In Levant R & Wong J (Ed.), The Psychology of Men and Masculinities Washington: APA Books. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robertson S & Smith B (2013) Men, masculinities and disability In Swain J, French S, Barnes C & Thomas C (Ed.), Disabling Barriers - Enabling Environments 3rd Ed London: Sage. RIS download Bibtex download