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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Professor Lohan is open to PhD applications in the fields of:
- Gender and Health
- Men, Sexual Health, Reproduction and Parenting
- Intervention design and evaluation
- All methodological approaches welcome.

1997 …2024

Research activity per year

Personal profile

Research Statement

UNESCO Chair in Gender Equality 

My research focuses on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and gender equality. Within this field I have advanced a focus on engaging men and boys in SRHR and especially on implementing and evaluating comprehensive sexuality education (in schools and in prison settings). This work has a multi-country focus in Ireland and the UK, and with international collaborators in Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa. https://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/if-i-were-jack/  https://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/if-i-were-jack/InPrisons/IfIWereaDad/.


I have led over ten multi-disciplinary studies as Principal Investigator, including systematic evidence reviews, co-design of interventions to improve health and education together with stakeholders and end-users, (cluster) randomized controlled trials with process and health economic evaluations, qualitative inquiries, implementation science, and capacity building projects. These multi-institutional studies have been funded interalia by the the National Institute of Health and Care Research, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Medical Research Council, and UK Aid.


For the past five years, I have been working as a consultant to the World Health Organization in leading out systematic reviews of the global evidence on male engagement in SRHR and gender equality. Following compilation of the evidence, I was commissioned by WHO to lead a multi-institutional team to conduct a global research priority setting exercise on ‘Masculinities and SRHR’ https://masculinities.srhr.org/. The aim of this exercise is to set a collaborative global research agenda for the next decade to address male engagement in SRHR and gender equality. To continue and widen United Nations actions in this work, I was appointed in  2024 in my new position as UNESCO Chair on Masculinities and Gender Equality at Queen’s University Belfast.


I have published over 100 publications in international peer-reviewed journals. I have supervised over ten PhD students as primary supervisor and contributed to the development of mentorship programmes for researchers at all stages. I have also contributed to the strategic development of research, international collaborations and gender equality at Queen’s University Belfast.



Leadership Roles (QUB)

Member of Queen’s Gender Initiative Executive Committee

Member of Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Account Steering Committee 

Member of Queen's University Engaged Research Advisory Group

Member of Queen’s University International Reputations Group


Leadership Roles (External)

Consultant to the World Health Organisation, Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health Research

Member of the UNESCO/UNFPA Global Partnership on Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Member of Medical Research Council Global Health Faculty of Experts

Associate Editor of BMC Public Health

Member of the Editorial Board of International Journal of Men’s Social and Community Health

External Assessor for Faculty Promotions at UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems

Member of the ESRC College of Reviewers

Member of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Reviewers

Member of the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) Reviewers

Member of Equimundo's Global Boyhood Initiative Advisory Board


Currently Funded Research Projects

  1. Masculinities and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: A Research Priority Setting Exercise World Health Organization, Geneva.


  1. Violence Against Women During Covid: A Systematic review World Health Organization, Geneva.


  1. Phase-III RCT of Positive Choices: a whole-school social-marketing intervention to promote sexual health and reduce health inequalities, National Institute of Health and Care Research


Recently Completed Studies

  1. ‘The Jack Trial’: A multi-site cluster randomised trial of an interactive film-based intervention to reduce teenage pregnancy and promote positive sexual health. National Institute of Health Research (NIHR, UK).


  1. Relationships and Future Fatherhood Programme for Young Incarcerated Men: Co-design and development of an Intervention. Medical Research Council, UK.



  1. Involving Men and Boys in Family Planning (INVOLVE_FP): A systematic review of complex interventions to identify effective programme components and characteristics in low- and middle-income countries. UK AID Centre for Excellence for Development Impact and Learning (CEDIL), UK.


  1. Increasing boys’ and girls’ intention to avoid teenage pregnancy: feasibility trial of an interactive video drama based intervention in post-primary schools in Northern Ireland. National Institute of Health Research (NIHR, UK).


  1. Positive Choices: Optimisation, feasibility testing and pilot randomised trial of Positive Choices: a school-based social marketing intervention to promote sexual health, prevent unintended teenage pregnancies and address health inequalities in England (NIHR, UK)


  1. Teenage Men and Unintended Pregnancy: Development of a relationship and Sexuality Education Resource Economic and Social Research Council, UK


  1. Investigating the Influences of Social Context and Structure on Young People's Parenting Experiences. Canadian Institute of Health Research    



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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