Professor of Criminology, Durham University

Fiona Measham has been a Professor of Criminology in the Department of Sociology at Durham University since 2013. Fiona has conducted research for three decades exploring changing trends in drugs and intoxication, festival and night time economies, and the wider socio-cultural context to consumption. Fiona’s current research programme includes annual research at UK festivals exploring the prevalence and policing of festival drug and alcohol use; mapping local drug markets; research and evaluation of European drug safety testing services; a study of sexual harassment and sexual violence at festivals; and a partnership developing rapid forensic analysis for public health.

Fiona completed her US Inside-Out prison exchange programme instructor training in 2013 and together with Durham University colleagues, introduced Inside-Out in the UK in 2014. She is Director of the Durham University Inside-Out programme within two men’s and one women’s prisons, taught at undergraduate and postgraduate level and accredited by Durham University. After qualifying as a yoga teacher with the UK Yoga Alliance in 2018 she now incorporates this into her prison teaching.

Fiona was appointed to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs by the Home Secretary 2008-18 and remains a permanent member of the ACMD Technical Standing Committee and New Psychoactive Substances Standing Committee. Fiona is a member of David Nutt’s DrugScience committee and the National Early Warning System.

Fiona is co-founder and co-director of The Loop (in the UK, est 2013) and The Loop Safety Testing (in Australia, est 2018), charities providing an integrated service of drugs, alcohol and sexual health advice and support, forensic testing, brief interventions, research and evaluation. The Loop is best known for introducing Multi Agency Safety Testing to UK festivals in 2016 and UK cities in 2018. For more details see:


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    Professor of Criminology, Durham University