I have multifarious research and teaching interests, which are not only reflected in relevant literature reading, but also in research practice, teaching and publications. In brief, my research interests include: social aspects of drug use and HIV; sociology of the Internet; cultural sociology and sociocultural theory of risk; medical sociology and sociology of health and illness; sociology of deviance and social problems; sociology of mass communication and qualitative discourse analysis.
I do not like to stick to one specific theory and try to apply it to different phenomena, not being concerned, whether this theory is the best tool for reaching the specific aims of the project. As a great fan of grounded theory, I prefer empirical data to drive me to a particular theoretical framework. That said, I also embrace hypothesis testing kind of research and use of quantitative methodology when research questions warrant it. So, depending on the nature of a project I have used different research tools for the project goals.