Empirical Research on Drug Use and Recovery: methodological concerns, ethical practices and the question of impact; Liverpool, UK; 11 May 2018

Empirical Research on Drug Use and Recovery: methodological concerns, ethical practices and the question of impact

A BSA Regional Postgraduate Event

11 May 2018 (10am-5pm)

University of Liverpool, Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology

Keynote speakers

Dr Angus Bancroft, University of Edinburgh

Dr Fay Dennis, Goldsmiths University of London

Dr Nicole Vitellone, University of Liverpool

Event Outline

The sociology of addiction is a growing international field, with current research covering a wide spectrum of empirical approaches, including evidence-based evaluations of drug policies, comparative qualitative studies between the UK and other contexts, and more localised drug using ethnographies. Focusing on methodological issues, the aim of this workshop is to engage Doctoral students’ practical experiences of undertaking and conducting empirical research, and to create an understanding of how the existing methods and practices in the sociology of addiction inform current postgraduate research.

The event will enable postgraduate researchers to present work in progress in a supportive environment, identify strengths and challenges of their particular methodological approach, as well as get an insight to current innovative sociological projects on drug use and recovery.

Call for Papers

We invite doctoral researchers of any stage to submit an up to 250 word outline of their research project. The event will follow the format of a workshop, with two thematic round table discussions taking place throughout the day: i) researching drug use and recovery: methods and practices and ii) ethics of care and the engagement with policy-making. The participants are not expected to present a paper but to contribute to the round-table discussions through the reflection on their research projects in relation to the subjects set. The event will open with a panel of keynote speakers invited to talk about the current challenges and future of addiction studies, based on their own research experience in the field.

If you’re interested in participating please email your project’s outline to Lena Theodoropoulou<mailto:hsetheod> by Friday, 30 March 2018.


BSA member registration £5, Non-Member registration £15. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please specify dietary requirements or accessibility needs at the time of booking. Available places at this event are limited to 25 people. Small number of travel bursaries available.

Any questions regarding this event should be sent to Lena Theodoropoulou<mailto:hsetheod>.

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