Centre for Public Health

Liverpool John Moores University

Public Health Institute - Liverpool John Moores University

World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Violence Prevention

Part of the Liverpool John Moores University

Dr Dimitris Liokaftos

Dr Dimitris Liokaftos

Researcher (secondment)


areas of expertise

Dimitris Liokaftos is a Marie Curie Fellow investigating drug-free (‘natural’) bodybuilding culture (Department of Public Health, Aarhus University and Public Health Institute, Liverpool John Moores University).

Working across the sociology of the body, health, sport, gender and popular culture, he approaches pro-enhancement and anti-enhancement cultures in their dialectical relationship as co-constitutive of the wider phenomenon and debates around human enhancement. In his book A Genealogy of Male Bodybuilding: from classical to freaky (Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society, 2017), the extreme, ‘freaky’ built body and its history can be read as a case study in the socio-cultural dynamics of human enhancement drugs.

Dimitris has co-authored with Ask Vest Christiansen and Anders Vinther a typology of men’s use of anabolic androgenic steroids in fitness and strength-training environments (Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy Journal, 2016). He also co-organised with Jim McVeigh the Anabolic Steroids: Evidence and Engagement international conference (Public Health Institute, LiverpoolJohnMooresUniversity, 2016) with the participation of researchers, health workers, users and policy makers.

In the past Dimitris has worked as an Associate Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London, where he also completed his doctoral research on the historical development of male bodybuilding culture.

Academic profile: https://au.academia.edu/DimitriosLiokaftos