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I am a sociologist with over 20 years research, education and community development experience in various fields of social and urban policy; drugs policy and practice; socio-spatial inequality and social and health inclusion.

I am Senior Lecturer on the postgraduate Contemporary Drug and Alcohol Studies programme; and the MSc on Power, Politics and Civil Society.

My research work explores the lived experience and the problematisation and politics of policy making in relation to key social issues such as poverty; health inequalities; drug and alcohol use; and neighbourhood risk environments.

I focus on research that is participative, engages with the communities affected, and has an impact on policy and practice in relation to drug and social policy reform. I work closely with experts by experience (people who are marginalised, stigmatised, and/or use drugs); community and voluntary sector organisations; policy makers and advisors; and service providers to ensure my research is relevant, equitable and accessible.

I have a successful history of securing grant funding for research and knowledge exchange; designing and project managing research studies; establishing and leading research teams; managing financial expenditure; and disseminating research findings to impact on policy and practice.

Prior to joining UWS, I was a Lecturer and co-ordinator of the Diploma in Community Drugs Work at University College Dublin (UCD); senior researcher at the National Advisory Committee on Drugs, Ireland; community researcher on the Fatima Mansions (Dublin) housing estate regeneration project; and a researcher at the Health Research Board, Ireland; the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths, University of London; and the Drug Indicators Project, Birkbeck College, University of London.

 

Academic Citizenship:

  • Institutional and School Lead for the Athena SWAN gender equality initiative at University of the West of Scotland.
  • Steering Group member of the Drugs Research Network Scotland (DRNS) and academic lead for the 'harms' theme. https://drns.ac.uk/steering-group/
  • Director of the Scottish Drugs Forum.
  • Steering Group member of the Scottish Drugs Policy Conversations think-tank.
  • Member of Editorial Board of the international journal Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy.
  • Member of Board of management of the European Society for Social Drugs Research (ESSD). Organised annual conference of the ESSD at UWS Paisley in Sept. 2015 bringing together 45 principal researchers from 13 countries across Europe to present cutting-edge research over three days.
  • Forrmer Chairperson: Rialto Community Drugs Team, Dublin
  • Member of the International Society for the Study of Drugs Policy
  • Peer reviewer for two international journals: Drugs: education, prevention and policy; and the International Journal of Drugs Policy.

Current research activities

My research focuses on a number of interconnected areas:

  • the impact of inequality, policy-related harms and drug-related harms (such as drug use and drug markets) on marginalised communities;
  • conceptualising polydrug use (in collaboration with the National Institute for Health and Well-Being, Finland);
  • framing drugs in the construction of dangerous classes and dangerous spaces (part of an edited collection for Routledge);
  • exploring perceptions of risk, pleasure, and harm reduction among young Scottish adults who use drugs in recreational settings;
  • the meaning of 'recovery' for people on long-term methadone maintenance. 

 

Recent Studies included:
  • Principal investigator - study on Drugs use in the context of poverty and inequality awarded external funding by the Drugs Task Force (Clondalkin) Ireland (2015-2016).
  • Principal investigator - Europe wide study of the drug policy reform movement commissioned by the European Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA, Lisbon) (2013-2014).
  • Principal investigator - study on Patterns of (licit and illicit) drug use in Dublin funded by the Drugs Task Force (Finglas-Cabra) (2013)
  • Partner in an inter-institutional, interdisciplinary longitudinal study on Social Housing, Disadvantage, and Neighbourhood Liveability (UCD Geary Institute, Ireland). Lead researcher on the crime and drugs strands of the study. Funded by the Departments of Social Protection, and Environment, Ireland (2008-2014).

Desired research direction

I aim to further the understanding of social, health and gender inequalities by expoloring the the social and structural determinants of risk policy environments. 

I work closely with national and international academic colleagues; people who are marginalised, use drugs, and the communities affected by drug harms; policy advocates from community and voluntary sector organisations; policy makers and advisors; and service providers to make my research findings accessible, equitable and easy to translate into policy.

Target collaborative organisations

Drugs Research Network Scotland

Scottish Drugs Forum

Substance Misuse Unit, Scottish Government

 

 

External positions

2017, Drugs Research Network Scotland

2017 → …

Board of Management, Scottish Drugs Forum

2017 → …

Scientific Committee , International Society for the Study of Drugs Policy (ISSDP)

2016 → …

Steering Group, Scottish Drugs Policy Conversations

2015 → …

Board of Management , European Society for Social Drugs Research (ESSD)

2014 → …

International Editorial Board , Drugs: education, prevention and policy - journal

2012 → …

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Research Output 2013 2017

Editorial: The European Society for Social Drug Research: a reflection on research trends over time

Korf, D. J., O'Gorman, A. & Werse, B. 2017 In : Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy. 24, 4, p. 321-323 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access
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Ethische aspecten van het kwalitatief onderzoek

Vander Laenen, F. & O'Gorman, A. 30 Aug 2016 Kwalitatieve Methoden en Technieken in de Criminologie . Decorte, T. & Zaitch, D. (eds.). 3rd ed. Leuven, Belgium: ACCO, p. 555-586 32 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Evidence in European social drug research and drug policy: an introduction

O'Gorman, A. Dec 2016 Evidence in European social drug research and drug policy. O'Gorman, A., Potter, G. R. & Fountain, J. (eds.). Lengerich, Germany: Pabst Science Publishers, p. 11-18 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Evidence in European Social Drug Research and Drug Policy

O'Gorman, A. (ed.), Potter, G. R. (ed.) & Fountain, J. (ed.) 2016 Lengerich, Germany: Pabst Science Publishers. 132 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

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Activities 2010 2017

  • 3 Editorial activity
  • 2 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar
  • 1 Types of External academic engagement - Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups
  • 1 Types of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee

Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy (Journal)

O'Gorman, A. (Guest editor)
Aug 2017

Activity: Editorial activity

Member of ISSDP conference Scientific Committee

O'Gorman, A. (Member)
Sep 2016May 2017

Activity: Types of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee

A Social Inclusion pillar for the National Drugs Strategy?

O'Gorman, A. (Speaker)
17 Nov 2016

Activity: Types of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

Outcomes: Drug Harm, Policy Harms, Poverty and Inequality

O'Gorman, A. (Presenter)
28 Apr 2016

Activity: Types of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

Board of Management

O'Gorman, A. (Member)
6 Sep 2015

Activity: Types of External academic engagement - Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

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