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Assistant Professor and Ad Astra Fellow, University College Dublin

Dr Emeka W. Dumbili is an Assistant Professor and Ad Astra Fellow at University College Dublin. He is a sociologist with expertise in alcohol and other psychoactive substances, gender and identity, micro-macro plastic pollution (environmental sociology/sustainability), social theory, and qualitative methodologies. He completed his PhD in the Department of Sociology and Communications, Brunel University London, exploring the interplay between media consumption, the gendering of alcohol, aspirational drinking and inequalities among young people.

He held a lectureship position at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria. He was a Georg Forster Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany. Between 2016 and 2017, he was a Mildred Blaxter Postdoctoral Fellow at Brunel University London. In 2019, he was awarded the ACU (Association of Commonwealth Universities) Blue Charter Fellowship to explore plastic pollution in Nigeria.

He is a mentor on the World Health Organization (WHO) Scientific Research and Writing Mentorship Initiative towards diversity in research on alcohol control policies

His current research interests centre on the sociology of alcohol/drug use, and public health more generally. He is exploring gender and transgressive drinking practices, recreational drug use, drug normalization, alcohol labelling practices, and plastic pollution in Nigeria. His writing has appeared in Social Science & Medicine, Sociological Research Online, International Journal of Drug Policy, Addiction Research & Theory, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, and Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, among others. He is the associate editor of Drugs, Habits, and Social Policy (formerly Drugs and Alcohol Today) and the African Journal of Drug and Alcohol Studies. He is also an editorial board member of Sociological Research Online.


  • 2023–present
    Ad Astra Fellow and Assistant Professor, University College Dublin


  • 2015 
    Brunel University London, PhD
  • 2010 
    University of Ibadan, MSc
  • 2004 
    Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, BSc
  • 1999 
    Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi, National Diploma (ND)

Professional Memberships

  • British Sociological Association