Reader / Lead Substance use & misuse research group, Institute for Applied Health Research, Glasgow Caledonian University

Dr Carol Emslie is a Reader within the Institute for Applied Health Research / School of Life Sciences and leader of the Substance Use & Misuse research group.

Her current research focuses on gender and alcohol use. Recent projects include a focus group study exploring mid-life drinking among men and women, and a geographical analysis of alcohol-related death rates across Scotland. Her work uses a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods including secondary quantitative and qualitative analysis, the systematic review of qualitative literature and qualitative components of RCTs.

Carol graduated from Glasgow University (First Class Honours, Sociology) and gained her PhD from the MRC Social & Public Health Sciences Unit in 1997. Her quantitative thesis examined the health of men and women within a British Bank in order to explore whether gender differences in minor morbidity persist amongst men and women working in similar jobs. She then worked as a Research Fellow in the Department of General Practice, Glasgow University on a qualitative project which investigated people's perceptions of a family history of heart disease, before returning to a Senior Investigative Scientist post in the Gender & Health programme at the MRC Social & Public Health Sciences Unit. Her work here included examining men's gendered experiences of coronary heart disease, analysing gender differences and similarities in narratives about cancer and depression in (an award winning website about people’s experiences of illnesses) and examining changes in men’s and women's drinking over time in the west of Scotland Twenty-07 Study.

Carol is currently one of the convenors of the British Sociological Association Alcohol Study Group and has previously served on the British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Committee, the SHAAP (Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems) expert group on women & alcohol, and the management group for the Men’s Health Forum Scotland. Her work has been selected for virtual special issues of Social Science & Medicine and Sociology of Health & Illness designed to showcase key papers in gender and health.

Currently, she holds two research grants with the National Institute for Health Research; one project is a multi-centre RCT which explores whether texting innovative messages to men in deprived areas will reduce their binge drinking


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, Institute for Applied Health Research, Glasgow Caledonian University