Pranee Liamputtong, PhD

Pranee Liamputtong, PhD

Professor in Behavioural Science

College of Health Sciences, VinUniversity

College of Health Sciences


Pranee is a medical anthropologist and has interests in the health of women, children, immigrants, refugees, older people, and transgender individuals. In terms of health issues, Pranee is very interested in issues relating to motherhood, reproductive health, sexuality, sexual health, mental health, and chronic illnesses. Recently, Pranee has focused her research on sexuality and sexual health issues of Asian women, refugee/immigrant women, young people, and trans women from ethnic minority backgrounds. In Vietnam, Pranee has started her research work on air pollution and its experiential impact on the health of mothers and babies. Pranee is a qualitative researcher and has written many textbooks on this approach. She has also written a number of textbooks on health-related issues. Some of her textbooks (Qualitative Research Methods, Research Methods in Health and Evidence-Based Practice, Social Determinants of Health, & Public Health) have been adopted widely, both in Australia and overseas. In her previous role as Professor of Public Health, she taught qualitative research methodology and the social determinants of health units within the postgraduate programs, and gender & health; culture, diversity & health; communication in health within the undergraduate programs. At VinUni, Pranee teaches in both the MD and BN programs including Medical Humanities, Communication in Health, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and Research Methods in Nursing. She is also the Research Chair for theses within the Graduate Medical Education program.

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  • Motherhood
  • Infant feeding practices
  • Parenting
  • Sexuality
  • Reproductive Health
  • Sexual Health and Wellbeing
  • Mental Health
  • Sexual violence
  • Pandemic, health and wellbeing
  • Air pollution and its impact on health and wellbeing
  • Qualitative Research Methodologies
  • Cross-cultural research
  • Researching with vulnerable populations



  1. Liamputtong, P. (forthcoming). Handbook of sensitive research in the social sciences. Edward Elgar Publishing: Cheltenham, UK.
  2. Ravulo, J., Olcon, K., Dune, T., Workman, A., & Liamputtong, P. (in press). Handbook of critical whiteness: Deconstructing dominant discourses across disciplines. Springer: New York.
  3. Liamputtong, P. (ed.) (in press) Handbook of social sciences and global public health (3 volumes). Springer: New York.
  4. Liamputtong, P (ed.) (2023) Conducting qualitative research methods in the social sciences. Edward Elgar Publishing: Cheltenham, UK.
  5. Liamputtong, P. (ed.) (2022) Handbook of qualitative cross-cultural research: A social science perspective. Edward Elgar Publishing: Cheltenham, UK.
  6. Liamputtong, P. (ed.) (2022) Public health: Local and global perspectives, 3rd edn. Cambridge University Press: Port Melbourne.
  7. Liamputtong, P. (ed.) (2022) Research methods in health and evidence-based practice, 4th edition. Oxford University Press: Melbourne.
  8. Liamputtong, P. (ed.) (2022) Handbook of social inclusion, research and practices in the health and social sciences (3 volumes). Springer: New York.
  9. Liamputtong, P. (2020) Qualitative research methods, 5th 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.
  10. Liamputtong, P. (ed.) (2019) Social determinants of health. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  11. Liamputtong, P. (ed.) (2019) Handbook of research methods in health social sciences (4 volumes)Springer: Singapore.

Journal Articles

  1. 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.
  2. Napier-Raman, S., Hossain, S.Z., Lee, M-J., 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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. Do: 10.1177/00207640211068981
  7. 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.
  8. 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: 10.177/088620520949149
  9. Chanmekun, S.B., Mohd Zulkifli, M., Muhamad, R., Mohd Zain, N., Low, W.Y., & 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.
  10. Phanwichatkul, T., Schmied, V., Liamputtong P., & Burns, E. (2021). The perceptions and practices of Thai health professionals providing maternity care for migrant Burmese women: An ethnographic study. Women & Birth
  11. Mansour, R., John, J.R., Liamputtong, P., & Arora, A. (2021) Food insecurity and food label comprehension among Libyan migrants in Australia. Nutrients,13, 2433. nu13072433
  12. Abdula, D.M., Mohammedsadiq, H.A., & 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.
  13. Suwankhong, D., & Liamputtong, P. (2021) Living with HIV: The lived experience of Thai women in southern Thailand. Malaysian Journal of Health Sciences, 17(3).
  14. 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 Medicine pnab081,
  15. Nuryati Che Ya,, Muhamad, R., Mohd Zain, N., Zakaria, R., Ishak, A., Hassan, I.I., Ab Hadi, I., Mazuwin Yahya, M., & Liamputtong, P. (2021). Coping strategies for sexual problems and sexual dysfunction amongst Malay women with breast cancer. A qualitative study. Sexual Medicine, 9, 100336. Doi:
  16. Muhamad, R., Horey, D., Liamputtong, P., Low, W.Y., Md Zulkili, M., & Sidi, H. (2021) Transcripts of unfulfillment: A study of sexual dysfunctionality and dissatisfaction among Malay-Muslim women in Malaysia. Riligions, 12, 205.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. Mansour, R., Liamputtong, P., & Arora, A. (2020) Prevalence, determinants, and effects of food insecurity among Middle Eastern and North Aafrican migrants and refugees in high-income countries: A systematic review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Special issue on The Health of Immigrants17, 7262. Doi:10.3390/ijerph17197262
  20. 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
  21. Jahangir, Y.T., Arora, A., Liamputtong, P., Nabi, M.H., & Meyer, S.B. (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 Promotion 17, 6195. Doi:10.3390/ijerph17176195
  22. 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.
  23. Thepsourinthone, J., Dune, T., Liamputtong, P., & Arora, A. (2020) The relationship between masculinity and internalized homophobia amongst 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
  24. 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 amongst high-risk pregnant women: A mixed method analysis. PLoS ONE, 15(2), e0229622. https://doi. org/10.1371/journal.pone.0229622
  25. Noack-Lundberg, K., Liamputtong, P., Marjadi, B., Ussher, J., Perz, J., Schmied, V., Dune, T., & Brook, E. (2020) Sexual violence and safety: The narratives of transwomen in online forums. Health, Culture & Sexuality, 22(6), 646-659.
  26. Joseph, J., Liamputtong, P., & Brodribb, W. (2020) From liminality to vitality: Infant feeding beliefs among refugee mothers from Vietnam and Myanmar. Qualitative Health Research, 30(8), 1171-1182. Doi: 10.1177/1049732318825147
  27. 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
  28. Liamputtong, P., & Benza, S. (2019) Being able to bear a child’: Insights from Zimbabwean women in Melbourne. Women & Birth, 32, e216–e222. Doi:
  29. 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
  30. 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.
  31. Nguyen, A., Liamputtong, P., & Horey, D. (2019) Reproductive health care experiences of people with physical disabilities in Vietnam. Sexuality & Disability, 37(3), 383-400.
  32. Muhammad, R., Horey, D., Liamputtong, P., Low, W.Y., & Sidi, H. (2019) Meanings of sexuality: Views from Malay women with sexual dysfunction. Archive of Sexual Behavior, 48(3), 935-947.
  33. 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.
  34. 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
  35. 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.
  36. 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:
  37. 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:
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. Liamputtong, P., Koh, L., Wollersheim, D., & Walker, R. (2015) Peer support groups, mobile phone and refugee women in Melbourne. Health Promotion International, 31(3), 715-724. Doi:10.1093/heapro/dav015
  41. 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
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. Liamputtong, P., & Suwankhong, D. (2015) Therapeutic landscapes and Thai women with breast cancer. Social Science & Medicine, 128(March), 263271.
  45. 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
  46. 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 Science Education – Social science perspective), Monash University, Australia, 1989

MEd (Educational Technology), Srinakharinwirote University, Thailand, 1977

BEd (Science – Physics), Srinakharinwirote University, Thailand, 1975.