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Emeritus Professor, The National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research, The University of Queensland

Wayne Hall is an Emeritus Professor at the Centre for Youth Substance Use Research at the University of Queensland. He was a Visiting Professor in Addiction Policy at the National Addiction Centre, Kings College London (2014-2019), Visiting Professor at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW (2001- ), and Visiting Professor in History and Public Health Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2012-2021). He was formerly a Professorial Fellow and NHMRC Australia Fellow in addiction neuroethics at the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research (2010-2013); Professor of Public Health Policy in the School of Population Health (2005-2010); Director of the Office of Public Policy and Ethics at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (2001-2005) at the University of Queensland; and Director of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at UNSW (1994-2001).

He has advised the World Health Organization on: the health effects of cannabis use; the effectiveness of drug substitution treatment; the scientific quality of the Swiss heroin trials; the contribution of illicit drug use to the global burden of disease; and the ethical implications of genetic and neuroscience research on addiction.

In 2001 he was identified by the Institute for Scientific Information as one of the world’s most highly cited social scientists in the past 20 years. In 2009 he was awarded an NHMRC Australia Fellowship to research the public health, social policy and ethical implications of genetic and neuroscience research on drug use and addiction.


  • 2010–present
    Deputy Director (Policy), OQCCR


Member Order of Australia; Fellow, Academy Social Sciences in Australia; Fellow, Academy of Health and Medical Sciences