Professor of Social Science, University of Glasgow

Gerda Reith is Professor of Social Science at the University of Glasgow, U.K. Her research focuses on the impact of social and environmental factors on gambling, and on their implications for public health and policy. She has carried out a number of Research-Council funded studies of these issues, most recently a five year longitudinal qualitative study of ‘gambling careers’ and trajectories. Ongoing projects include explorations of the role of crime, debt, social exclusion and resilience on the development of gambling problems and recovery, as well as other risky behaviours over time, and their impacts on individuals as well as their wider social networks.
She has written extensively on the empirical and theoretical issues around these topics, and her book, The Age of Chance: Gambling in Western Culture, won the Philip Abrams Prize for the best book in sociology for 2000.
She sits on the editorial boards of a number of Journals (including International Gambling studies, Journal of Youth Studies and Risk Management), and has advised national and international governments and organisations on issues related to gambling and public health.

Experience

  • –present
    Professor of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow

Education

  • 1996 
    Glasgow University, PhD

Publications

  • 2014
    Techno-economic systems and excessive consumption: a political economy of ‘pathological’ gambling. British Journal of Sociology 64 (4) pp 717-738,
  • 2013
    Gambling careers: a longitudinal qualitative study of gambling behaviour’. Addiction Research and Theory 21 (5) pp 376-390,
  • 2012
    ‘Lost in the game: narratives of addiction and identity in recovery from problem gambling’. Addiction Research and Theory, 20 (6). pp. 511-521,
  • 2011
    ‘Beginning gambling: the role of social networks and environment’. Addiction Research and Theory 19 (4). pp 483-493,
  • 2007
    ‘Gambling and the contradictions of consumption: a genealogy of the pathological subject’. American Behavioral Scientist. 51(1) pp33-56 ,
  • 2003
    Gambling: Who Wins? Who Loses? ,
  • 1999
    The Age of Chance: Gambling in Western Culture,

Grants and Contracts

  • 2010
    Tracking Vulnerability and Resilience: Gambling Careers in the Criminal Justice System.
    Role:
    Co-investigator
    Funding Source:
    ESRC
  • 2009
    Understanding Gambling: Impacts and Social Networks Across the Life Course.
    Role:
    Principal investigator
    Funding Source:
    ESRC
  • 2009
    Managing money, debt and gambling: an in-depth exploration of the relationship between money and gambling behaviour.
    Role:
    Principal investigator
    Funding Source:
    ESRC
  • 2006
    Situating Problem Gambling: the Social Context of Gambling Careers
    Role:
    Principal investigator
    Funding Source:
    ESRC

Honours

British Sociological Association Philip Abrams Prize