Dr Renae Fomiatti

Research Fellow

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Renae Fomiatti is a qualitative researcher at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS), La Trobe University. Her research is informed by contemporary feminist theory and Science and Technology Studies. She previously held an appointment at the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, where she also completed her PhD on the emergence of ‘new recovery’ in Australian alcohol and other drug policy and research, its impact on treatment and professional practices and the ways in which people who inject drugs engage with, practice and/or resist ‘recovery’.

She is currently working across several projects in the Drugs, Gender and Sexuality (DruGS) research program: 1) an investigation into the impediments to the uptake of take-home naloxone (THN) in Australia; 2) an analysis of the social and gendered meanings given to performance and image-enhancing drug (PIED) use, and the hepatitis C information needs of PIED consumers and; 3) a collaboration with South Western Sydney Local Health District on a range of social research projects exploring lived experiences of alcohol and other drug use and drug treatment.

Renae has previously worked in alcohol and other drug services, youth services, housing and homelessness support services and community development.


PhD, Curtin University

BA (Hons), La Trobe University

Research Interests

Experiences of drug consumption and the self; the biopolitics of health; drug governance and treatment; stigma and subjectivity; and Science and Technology Studies

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