Elena Dimova
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I am a lecturer on the Contemporary Drug & Alcohol Studies (CDAS) programme, and I teach and supervise postgraduate students. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

My research focuses on reducing alcohol-related harm in different groups and I am particularly interested in how gender and identity influence alcohol use and related behaviours. I have methodological expertise in qualitative research and systematic, scoping and rapid reviews. Some of the recent projects I have led include a scoping review on men’s alcohol consumption in the context of becoming a father (funded by The Institute of Alcohol Studies) and a rapid review of the effectiveness of labelling on alcohol products (funded by Alcohol Focus Scotland). Other recent research includes exploring ways to improve alcohol services for LGBTQ+ people in Scotland (funded by SHAAP) and the impact of Minimum Unit Pricing among people experiencing homelessness (funded by the CSO). 

I am currently involved in a consultancy to develop a brief for tackling acceptability, availability and affordability of alcohol using a gender-responsive perspective (funded by WHO; lead Prof Carol Emslie) and a scoping review on alcohol marketing to LGBTQ+ communities (funded by The Institute of Alcohol Studies; lead Dr David Whiteley).

I am a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a full member of the Division of Health Psychology.

I have a PhD in Health Psychology (Completed in 2019, funded by ESRC), an MSc in Health Psychology and a BA (Hons) in Psychology.

Twitter: @ElenaDDimova

Presentation at the Scottish Parliament, June 2022: ‘The Scottish LGBTQ+ community and alcohol services’, hosted by SHAAP and sponsored by Paul O’Kane (MSP). Information here

BBC Radio Scotland - interview on alcohol labelling, BBC Radio Scotland 30 June 2021 06:46:11

GCU Common Good Podcast – on alcohol labelling, Available on Spotify

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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