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Katinka van de Ven

Senior Lecturer, Centre for Rural Criminology, HASSE, University of New England & Visiting Fellow, Drug Policy Modelling Program, SPRC, University of New South Wales, University of New England

Dr Katinka van de Ven is a Visiting Fellow as part of the Drug Policy Modelling Program at the Social Policy Research Centre, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, and Education, University of New England. She conducts research on alcohol and other drugs (AOD) treatment service systems, including on funding/purchasing mechanisms, workforce characteristics and client outcomes. Katinka also specializes in the non-medical use and supply of performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs), including projects on their use and illicit supply, prevention, harm reduction initiatives and the development of educational resources for health professionals. She regularly acts as a consultant regarding PIED policy for various government bodies such as the Health Care Inspectorate in the Netherlands and the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs in the UK, and provides PIED workshops to health professionals in various countries.

Katinka is a Honorary Research Fellow at the Public Health Institute, Liverpool John Moores University. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Performance Enhancement & Health and the Founder/Director of the Human Enhancement Drug Network (HEDN) ( The aim of HEDN is to provide evidence-based information, to share knowledge and experience, to provide harm reduction and human enhancement drug (HED) education, and to collaborate in this growing field of HEDs.


  • 2019–present
    Visiting Fellow, University of New South Wales
  • 2019–present
    Senior lecturer, University of New England
  • 2017–2020
    Research fellow, University of New South Wales


  • 2016 
    University of Kent and Utrecht University, PhD in Criminology
  • 2011 
    Utrecht University , MA in Criminology
  • 2010 
    Utrecht University , MSc in Psychology

Research Areas

  • Public Health And Health Services (1117)