I am a PhD candidate and researcher at La Trobe University’s Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society. My research examines the impact of a writing intervention on young LGBT+ people, particularly in relation to identity formation and wellbeing.

Research Project

I am currently recruiting participants for my PhD research project. If you know anyone who meets the inclusion criteria, please let them know about these upcoming workshops!


On 29 November 2019, I presented a paper on my PhD research at the International English Educators’ Symposium (IEES), Write now: Teaching writing in high stakes times, at Monash University.

In September 2019, I presented research findings from the 2018 National Survey of Secondary School Students and Sexual Health at the Australasian Sexual Health Conference in Perth.

In April 2019, I presented my PhD research at La Trobe University’s Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy Postgraduate Researcher Mini Conference.

In November 2018, I presented my PhD research at the Queer Legacies, New Solidarities conference, which was organised through Deakin University’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Research Network, the Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association, and the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives.

In November 2018, I presented at the conference ‘Talking ’bout iGeneration: Sexual citizenship among diverse sex, sexuality and gender youth’, on behalf of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society. The conference took place at the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership and was run by Family Planning Victoria, the Australian Forum on Sexuality, Education and Health, Queer Generations, Swinburne University and the University of Western Australia.

In October 2018, I spoke at La Trobe University Library’s Open Access Week panel event. The theme was ‘Designing equitable foundations for open knowledge’. I spoke about sex, sexuality and gender research.

In September 2018, I ran a writing workshop for LGBTIQA+ people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds at the Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council’s National Conference 2018.  I also chaired three panels, titled ‘Black and brown queers: Pushing back on the whiteness of multiculturalism’, ‘A stance of ‘not knowing’ and ‘Unpacking whiteness in LGBTIQ inclusivity: The road to intersectionality’.

In September 2018, I presented at The Pleasure Research Agenda, an event run by the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society and Family Planning Victoria.

In June 2018, I presented on behalf of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at Pleasure and Health: A Colloquium at Flinders University in Adelaide.

In March 2018, I co-presented with Rachel Chapman at the Popular Culture Association’s Annual Conference in Indianapolis, U.S.A.

On 11 November, I presented at the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives’ 17th Australian Homosexual Histories Conference, held at the University of Adelaide.

In December 2016, I presented my research on using creative nonfiction to promote young people’s wellbeing at the Youth, Health and Practical Justice Conference in Sydney. It is a national interdisciplinary conference organised by the UNSW Practical Justice Initiative and the UTS Faculty of Health. I also co-presented an academic poster with Rachel Chapman, who is doing important research on educators’ understanding of gender in early childhood education and how this impacts on young children.

Journal Articles

Fisher, C., Mikolajczak, G., Ezer, P., Kerr, L., Bellamy, R., Brown, G., Waling, A., & Lucke, J. (2019). Study protocol: 6th national survey of Australian secondary students and adolescent sexual health, 2018. Frontiers in Public Health, 7(217). doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2019.00217

Bellamy, R. (2018). Creative health promotion methods for young LGBTIQA+ people. Health Education Journal, 77(6), 680-691. doi: 10.1177/0017896917753454

Bellamy, R. (2018). Life writing as an outlet for LGBTIQA+ youthBent street: Australian LGBTIQA+ arts, writing & ideas, 2(1), 128-134.

Bellamy, R. (2017). Footy, gangs and love: Using auto-ethnography to problematise practice on a practicum. English in Australia, 52(2), 45-52.

Reports & Monographs

Fisher, C., Waling, A., Kerr, L., Bellamy R., Ezer P, et al6th national survey of Australian secondary students and sexual health 2018. (ARCSHS Monograph Series No. 113), Bundoora: Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society, La Trobe University.


If you would like to contact me about my research, please email [email protected].