Pranee Liamputtong

Pranee Liamputtong, PhD

Professor in Behavioural Sciences, College of Health Sciences


Professor Pranee Liamputtong is currently professor in behavior sciences at VinUniversity.  She is a medical anthropologist and interested in the health of women, children, immigrants, refugees, the elderly and transgender people. Regarding health issues, she is very interested in issues related to motherhood, reproductive health, gender, sexual health, psychological health and chronic diseases. Recently, she has focused her research on gender and sexual health issues among Asian women, refugee/immigrant women, youth, and transgender women from ethnic minorities. In Vietnam, she began research on air pollution and its real-life impact on the health of mothers and newborns. She is a qualitative researcher and has written many books on this approach. She has also written a number of reference books on health-related issues. Some of her reference books (Qualitative Research Methods, Health Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice, Social Determinants of Health and Community Health) have been widely applied both in Australia and abroad. In her previous role as Professor of Public Health, she taught qualitative research methods and social determinants of health care units in residency training programs, and also taught about gender & health; culture, diversity & health; Health communication in university programs. At VinUni, Pranee teaches in both medical doctor and nursing degree programs including Medical Humanities, Health Communication, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Research Methods in Nursing and Research Methods in Medical Science. She is also the Research Chair for theses in the Internal Medicine Residency program.

  • Motherhood
  • Infant feeding and childrearing practices
  • Gender related issues
  • Reproductive Health
  • Sexual health and well-being
  • Sexuality
  • Mental health
  • Gender violence
  • Pandemic, health and wellbeing
  • Air pollution and its impact on health and wellbeing of vulnerable people
  • Qualitative research methodologies
  • Cross-cultural research
  • Research with vulnerable populations


  1. Liamputtong, P (forthcoming, 2024 publication) Handbook of health behavior and illness prevention (3 volumes).  Springer: Singapore.
  2. Liamputtong, P. (forthcoming). Handbook of sensitive research in the social sciences . Edward Elgar Publishing: Cheltenham, UK.
  3. Ravulo, J., Olcon, K., Dune, T., Workman, A., & Liamputtong, P. (in press). Handbook of critical whiteness: Deconstructing d ominant d iscourses a cross disciplines. Springer: New York.
  4. Liamputtong, P. (ed.) (2023) Handbook of social sciences and global public health (3 volumes). Springer: New York.
  5. Liamputtong, P (ed.) (2023) Conducting qualitative research methods in the social sciences. Edward Elgar Publishing: Cheltenham, UK.
  6. Liamputtong, P. (ed.) (2022) Handbook of qualitative cross-cultural research: A social science perspective. Edward Elgar Publishing: Cheltenham, UK.
  7. Liamputtong, P. (ed.) (2023)  Public health: Local and global perspectives, 3rd  edn . Cambridge University Press: Port Melbourne.
  8. Liamputtong, P. (ed.) (2022)  Research methods in health and evidence-based practice, 4th edition . Oxford University Press: Melbourne.
  9. Liamputtong, P. (ed.) (2022)  Handbook of social inclusion, research and practices in the health and social sciences  (3 volumes)  Springer: New York.
  10. Liamputtong, P. (2020)  Qualitative research methods, 5 th  Oxford University Press: Melbourne. The book has been translated into Japanese by Professors at Kyto University and was published by  Medical Sciences International  in 2022.
  11. Liamputtong, P. (ed.) (2019)  Social determinants of health . Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  12. Liamputtong, P. (ed.) (2019)  Handbook of research methods in health social sciences  (4 volumes) Springer: Singapore.

Selected/Recent Journal Articles

  1. Suwankhong, D., & Liamputtong, P. (2023) ‘I need to be mae (mother)’: Reproductive needs among HIV-positive women in southern Thailand. Malaysian Journal of Medicine & Health Sciences.
  2. Ceprnja, D., Chipchase, L., Liamputtong, P., & Gupta, A. (2023) “We are not there yet”: Perceptions and experiences of healthcare workers caring for women with pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain in Australia. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth.
  3. Morad Abdulah, D. & Liamputtong, P. (2023) COVID-19 vaccines, perceptions and trust amongst vaccine refusers: A qualitative thematic analysis study. V
  4. Morad Abdulah, D., Omar Abdulla, B.M., & Liamputtong, P. (2023) Impacts of a short and intensive group art-based intervention on autistic symptomatology and social interactions in children with autism spectrum disorders. Clinical & Experimental Pediatrics.
  5. Napier-Raman, S., Hossain, S.Z., Lee, M-J., Mpofu, E., Liamputtong, P., & Dune, T. (in press) Sexual and reproductive health and rights decision-making among Australian migrant and refugee youth: A Group Concept Mapping study. Culture, Health and Sexuality.
  6. Aibanbee, M., Michael, S., Mapedzahama, V., Liamputtong, P., Pitavadian, R., Hossein, Z., Moufu, E., & Dune, T. (2023) Migrant and refugee youth’s sexual and reproductive health and rights: A scoping review to inform policies and programs. International Journal of Public Health. 68, 1605801. Doi: 10.3389/ijph.2023.1605801
  7. Suwankhong, D., Liamputtong, P., Chindasri, C., & Haemanon, Y. (2023). ‘I Need Support to Thrive in my Muay Thai Career’: A Qualitative Study on Social Support Amongst Muay Thai Fighters in Thailand. Kasetsart Journal of Social Sciences, 44, 435-444.
  8. Abdulla, B., Abdulah, D.M., & Liamputtong, P. (2023) The impact of COVID-19 on individuals and communities through the lens of a Kurdish artist: A narrative inquiry study. Health Security, 21(2), 1-9. Don: 10.1089/hs.2022.0113
  9. Munira, L., Liamputtong, P., & Viwattanakulvanid, P. (2023). Feeling psychologically unsafe at school and university: Bullying and youth living with depression in Indonesia. International Journal of Public Health Science, 12(20, 909-916.
  10. Suwankhong, D., Liamputtong, P., Boonrod, T., Simla, W., Khunpol, S., & Thanapop. S. (2023). Breast cancer and screening prevention programs: Perceptions of women in a multicultural community in southern Thailand. Journal of Environmental Science and Public Health, 20, 4990.
  1. Munira, L., Liamputtong, P., & Viwattanakulvanid, P. (2023). Barriers and facilitators to access mental health services among people with mental disorders in Indonesia: A qualitative study. Belitung Nursing Journal.
  2. Chinnasee, P., Sukwong, T., Liamputtong, P., Suwankong, D., Mohamad, N.I., & Nadzala, A.M. (2023). The injury incidence and treatment experience among elite and beginner Thailand bodybuilders. Physical Education: Theory and Methodology. Doi17309/tmfv.2023.1.11
  3. Morad Abdulah, D., & Liamputtong, P. (2022). The lived experience of hospitalized and non-hospitalized healthcare providers of COVID-19 pandemic: A qualitative study. Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease. Doi:10.4081/monaldi.2022.2448
  4. Napier-Raman, S., Hossain, SZ, Lee, MJ., Mpofu, E., Liamputtong, P., & Dune, T. (2022). Migrant and refugee youth perspectives on sexual and reproductive health and rights in Australia: a systematic review. Sexual Health, Doi:10.1071/SH22081
  5. Napier-Raman, S., Hossain, S.Z., Mpofu, E., Lee, M.J., Dune,, Liamputtong, P., & Virginia Mapedzahama, V. (2022). Migrant and refugee youth perspectives on sexual and reproductive health rights in Australia: a systematic review protocol. Pacific Health Dialog, 21(9), 614-621.
  6. Ceprnja, D., Lawless, M. Liamputtong, P., Gupta, A., & Chipchase, L. (2022) Application of Caring Life Course Theory to explore care needs in women with pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain. Journal of Advanced Nursing. Doi: 1111/jan.15229
  7. Ceprnja, D., Chipchase, L., Liamputtong, P., & Gupta, A. (2022) “It is hard to cope with”: The lived experience and coping means among women with pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy in Australia. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth, 22: 96.
  8. Abdula, D.M., Abdulla,O., & Liamputtong, P. (2022) The lived experiences of surviving from attack and capture of the Islamic state in Iraq and Syria (ISIS): An arts-based qualitative study among Yazidi young women. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 1-17. Due to: 10.1177/00207640211068981
  9. Te, M., Blackstock, F., Liamputtong, L., & Chipchase, L. (2022). New graduate physiotherapists’ perceptions and experiences working with people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Australia: a qualitative study. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 38(6), 782-793.
  10. Ussher, J., Hawkey, A.J., Perz, J., Liamputtong, P., Sekar, J., Marjadi, B., Sekar, J., Schmied, V., Dune, T., & Brook, E. ( 2022) Crossing boundaries and fetishization: Experiences of sexual violence for trans women of color. Journal of Interpersonal Violence ,37(5-6) NP3552–NP3584. Doi: 10.177/08862052094914
  11. Chanmekun, SB, Mohd Zulkifli, M., Muhamad, R., Mohd Zain, N., Low, WY, & Liamputtong, P. (2022) Managing sexual dysfunction for women with breast cancer: the perspective of healthcare providers in northeast Malaysia. Supportive Care in Cancer, 30, 401-411.
  12. Phanwichatkul, T., Schmied, V., Liamputtong P., & Burns, E. (2021). The perceptions and of Thai health professionals providing maternity care practices for migrant Burmese women: An ethnographic study. Women & Birth
  13. Mansour, R., John, J.R., Liamputtong, P., & Arora, A. (2021) Food integrity and food label understanding among Libyan migrants in Australia. Nutrients,13, 2433. nu13072433
  14. Abdula, DM, Mohammedsadiq, HA, & Liamputtong, P. (2021) Experiences of nurses amidst giving care to COVID-19 patients in clinical settings in Iraqi Kurdistan: A qualitative study. Journal of Clinical Nursing
  15. Suwankhong, D., & Liamputtong, P. (2021) Living with HIV: The lived experience of Thai women in southern Thailand. Malaysian Journal of Health Sciences, 17(3).
  16. Brady, B., Andary, T., Pang, S.M., Dennis, S., Liamputtong, P., Boland, R., Tcharkhedian, E., Jennings, M., Pavlovic, N., Zind, M., Middleton , P., & Chipchase, L. (2021) “By coming there, I have enough opportunities to save my life”: A mixed-methods investigation into patients’ decisions to attend an Emergency Department (ED) for chronic pain. Pain Medicinepnab081,
  17. Nuryati Che Ya,, Muhamad, R., Mohd Zain, N., Zakaria, R., Ishak, A., Hassan, II, Ab Hadi, I., Mazuwin Yahya, M., & Liamputtong, P. (2021) . Coping strategies for sexual problems and sexual dysfunction among Malay women with breast cancer. A qualitative study. Sexual Medicine, 9, 100336. Doi:
  18. Muhamad, R., Horey, D., Liamputtong, P., Low, WY, Md Zulkili, M., & Sidi, H. (2021) Transcripts of unfulfillment: A study of sexual dysfunction and dissatisfaction among Malay-Muslim women in Malaysia. Riligions, 12, 205.
  19. Ceprnja, D., Chipchase, L., Fahey, P., Liamputtong, P., & Gupta, A. (2021). Prevalence and factors associated with pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy in Australian women: A cross-sectional study. Spine, 46(14), 944-949.
  20. Abdulah, D., Abdulla, B.; & Liamputtong, P. (2020) Psychological responses of children to home confinement during covid-19: A qualitative arts-based research. International Journal of Social Psychiatry. Doi: 10.1177/002076402072439
  21. Mansour, R., Liamputtong, P., & Arora, A. (2020) Prevalence, determinants, and effects of food insecurity among Middle Eastern and North African migrants and refugees in high-income countries: A systematic review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Special issue on The Health of Immigrants 17, 7262. Doi:10.3390/ijerph17197262
  22. Ussher, J., Hawkey, A.J., Perz, J., Liamputtong, P., Sekar, J., Marjadi, B., Sekar, J., Schmied, V., Dune, T., & Brook, E. ( 2020) Crossing boundaries and fetishization: Experiences of sexual violence for trans women of color. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Doi: 10.177/088620520949149
  23. Jahangir, Y.T., Arora, A., Liamputtong, P., Nabi, MH, & Meyer, SB (2020) Provider perspectives on sexual health services used by bangladeshi women with mhealth digital approach: A qualitative study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Special issue on Health Promotion17, 6195. Doi:10.3390/ijerph17176195
  24. Te, M., Blackstock, F., Liamputtong , & Chipchase, L. (2020) “Trying to work with what you can” – New graduate physiotherapists’ experiences working with people from CALD communities: A qualitative study. Physiotherapy: Theory & Practice .
  25. Thepsourinthone, J., Dune, T., Liamputtong, P., & Arora, A. (2020) The relationship between masculinity and internalized homophobia among Australian gay men. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Special issue on Addressing Public Health and Health Inequities in Marginalized and Hidden Populations, 17, 5475. Doi:10.3390/ijerph17155475
  26. Shanmugalingam, R., Mengesha, Z., Notaras, S., Liamputtong, P., Fulcher, I., Lee, G., Kumar, R., Hennessy, A., & Makris, A. (2020) Factors that influence adherence to aspirin therapy in the prevention of preeclampsia among high-risk pregnant women: A mixed method analysis. PLoS ONE, 15(2), e0229622. https://doi. org/10.1371/journal.pone.0229622
  27. Noack-Lundberg, K., Liamputtong, P., Marjadi, B., Ussher, J., Perz, J., Schmied, V., Dune, T., & Brook, E. (2020) Sexual violence and safety: The narrative of transwomen in online forums. Health, Culture & Sexuality, 22(6), 646-659.
  28. Joseph, J., Liamputtong, P., & Brodribb, W. (2020) From liminality to vitality: Infant feeding believes among refugee mothers from Vietnam and Myanmar. Qualitative Health Research, 30(8), 1171-1182. Doi: 10.1177/1049732318825147
  29. Liamputtong, P., Noack-Lundberg, K., Dune, T., Marjadi, B., Schmied, V., Ussher, J., Perz, J, Hawkey, A., Sekar, J. & Brook, E. (2020) Embodying transgender: An analysis of trans women in online forums. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Special issue on Addressing Public Health and Health Inequities in Marginalized and Hidden Populations, 17, 6571, 1-15. Doi:10.3390/ijerph17186571
  30. Liamputtong, P., & Benza, S. (2019)  Being able to bear a child’: Insights from Zimbabwean women in Melbourne. Women & Birth , 32, e216–e222. Doi:
  31. Joseph, J., Liamputtong, P., & Brodribb, W. (2019) Postpartum breastfeeding experiences in the traditional-biomedical crossroads: A qualitative study using drawing with Vietnamese and Myanmarese refugee women in Australia. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 75(11), 2855-2866. Doi: 10.1111/jasn.14110
  32. Phanwichatkul, T., Schmied, V., Burns, E., & Liamputtong, P. (2019) Migrant Burmese women living in southern Thailand and motherhood: An ethnographic study. Journal of Nursing & Health Sciences, 21(3), 390-398.
  33. Nguyen, A., Liamputtong, P., & Horey, D. (2019) Reproductive health care experiences of people with physical disabilities in Vietnam. Sexuality & Disability, 37(3), 383-400.
  34. Muhammad, R., Horey, D., Liamputtong, P., Low, WY, & Sidi, H. (2019) Meanings of sexuality: Views from Malay women with sexual dysfunction. Archive of Sexual Behavior, 48(3), 935-947.
  35. Muhammad, R., Horey, D., Liamputtong, P., & Low, W.Y. (2019). Managing women with sexual dysfunction: Difficulties experienced by Malaysian Family Specialists had experienced. Archive of Sexual Behavior, 48(3), 949-960.
  36. Wong, P., Liamputtong, P., Koh, S., & Rawson, H. (2019) Searching for meaning: A grounded theory of family resilience in adult ICU. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 28(5-6), 781-791 1–11. Doi: 10.1111/jocn.14673
  37. Liamputtong, P., & Kurban, H. (2018) Health, social integration and social support: The lived experiences of young Middle-Eastern refugees living in Melbourne, Australia. Children and Youth Services Review, 85, 99-106.
  38. Liamputtong, P., Lam, J., & Hill, K. (2018) Exercise for falls prevention: Decision-making and uptake among Australian-born and Italian-born older people. Activities, Adaptations and Aging, 42(4), 261-277. Doi:
  39. Liamputtong, P., & Sanchez, E. (2018) Cultivating community: Community gardens and people living in Victorian rural town. Activities, Adaptations and Aging, 42(2), 124-142. Doi:
  40. Liamputtong, P., & Suwankhong, D. (2016) Living with breast cancer: The experiences and meaning-making among women in southern Thailand. European Journal of Cancer Care, 25(3), 371-380. Doi: 10.1111/ecc.12321
  41. Liamputtong, P., & Haritavorn, N. (2016) To tell or not to tell: Disclosure and women living with HIV/AIDS in Thailand. Health Promotion International, 31(1), 23-32. Advanced Access published 17 July 2014. Doi:10.1093/heapro/dau057
  42. Liamputtong, P., Koh, L., Wollersheim, D., & Walker, R. (2015) Peer support groups, mobile phones and refugee women in Melbourne. Health Promotion International, 31(3), 715-724. Doi:10.1093/heapro/dav015
  43. Liamputtong, P., & Suwankhong, D. (2015) Breast cancer diagnosis: Biographical disruption, emotional experiences and strategic management in Thai women with breast cancer. Sociology of Health & Illness, 37(7), 1086–1101. Doi: 10.1111/1467-9566.12282
  44. Liamputtong, P., Haritavorn, N., & Kiatying-Angsulee, N. (2015) Participating in HIV clinical drug trials: Reasons and experiences among women living with HIV/AIDS in Thailand. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services, 14, 239-256.
  45. Liamputtong, P., & Fernandez, S. (2015) The drawing method and Burmese refugee children’s perceptions of health and illness. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 40(1), 23-32.
  46. Liamputtong, P., & Suwankhong, D. (2015) Therapeutic landscapes and Pregnant women with breast cancer. Social Science & Medicine, 128(March), 263 
  47. Liamputtong, P., Haritavorn, N., & Kiatying-Angsulee, N. (2015) Local discourse on antiretrovirals and the lived experience of women living with HIV/AIDS in Thailand. Qualitative Health Research, 25(2), 253-263. Doi: 10.1177/1049732314550005
  48. Liamputtong, P., & Haritavorn, N. (2014) My life as  mae tid chua[mothers who contracted HIV disease]: Motherhood and women living with HIV/AIDS in central Thailand. Midwifery , 30(12), 1166-1172.

  • PhD (Health Sciences Education – Social Science Perspectives), Monash University, Australia, 1989
  • Master of Education (Educational Technology), Srinakharinwirote University, Thailand, 1977
  • Bachelor (Science – Physics), Srinakharinwirote University, Thailand, 1975.