Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow, Social and Global Studies Centre, RMIT University

I am a social scientist working at the Social and Global Studies Centre at RMIT University as Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow. I also hold a visiting appointment at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), UNSW Sydney.

My research investigates psychoactive drug use in digital society. I am particularly interested in how digital technologies and the cultures they sustain are transforming longstanding social problems like illicit drug use. My work crosses a variety of disciplines, including sociology and criminology alongside epidemiology and public health.

My expertise is in research (and I'm a research methods and ethics nerd!). But I don't want to just do research for the sake of it. I believe that people who use drugs have a right to access the best health interventions and care, and the most accurate information, as possible. In my work I have developed partnerships with people most affected by drug policy, that is, people who themselves currently take drugs in the settings I am investigating, and in some cases, their families and friends. I believe it is critical to do research and construct policy *with* these groups, not *for* them.

My recent work has been funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Research fellowship and by NHMRC, US National Institutes of Health, New Zealand's Marsden Foundation and Australian Institute of Criminology project grants.

I also hold the following appointments: Australian Research Lead, Global Drug Survey; Director of Research, Bluelight.org; Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator (Victoria), The Loop Australia; Associate Editor, International Journal of Drug Policy; Deputy Editor, Drug and Alcohol Review.

Experience

  • 2019–present
    Senior research fellow, Social and Global Studies Centre, RMIT University
  • 2018–present
    Senior research fellow, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Australia
  • 2014–2018
    Postdoctoral research fellow, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Australia
  • 2012–2014
    Research Fellow, previously Research Assistant, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University
  • 2004–2010
    Research Fellow, previously Research Assistant, Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre

Education

  • 2012 
    Curtin University, PhD
  • 2003 
    Curtin University, Bachelor of Science (Psych) (Honours)

Research Areas

  • Public Health And Health Services (1117)
  • Communication Technology And Digital Media Studies (200102)