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Alcohol Research Network

Alcohol Research Network

Finding ways to reducing harm - together

Alcohol Research Network

Finding ways to reducing harm - together

Alcohol Research Network

Finding ways to reducing harm - together


Membership and activities

Membership to the Alcohol Research Network is trans-disciplinary and currently includes academics from the fields of sociology, health policy, law and pharmacy.

A steering group has been established to take the network forward. It brings together a wealth of research experience in this field: Professor Rob Baggott is the director of the Health Policy Research Unit. Rob Baggott has a substantial track record of alcohol policy research over almost thirty years and has extensive links with the alcohol policy network and the alcohol research community (especially via the Institute of Alcohol Studies, where he is a member of the Academic Advisory Panel). Professor Gavin Dingwall is Professor of Criminal Justice Policy at De Montfort University. He has published on a variety of aspects of criminology, criminal justice and criminal law including alcohol-related crime and disorder. His primary work in the area is the monograph Alcohol and Crime (Willan, 2006).  Dr Stephen Handsley is a Principal Lecturer in Sociology & Health Studies. Dr Handsley has extensive experience in public health, health promotion, and applied social research.  He has published on alcohol and public health. Stephen is a DMU Teacher Fellow in inter-disciplinarity. Dr Victoria Knight is Senior Research Fellow in Community and Criminal Justice. Dr Knight offers expertise in sociological research within the field of criminal justice. In 2012 she completed a project exploring the nature of violence in the night time economy. Knight is also convenor of the Emotion and Criminal Justice Cluster.

Other members include Dr Peter Rivers who is a Reader in Pharmacy Practice and also Dr Tyra Zetterström who is a Reader of Neuropharmacology.

Aims of the network


  • Pool our expertise in alcohol research through a trans-disciplinary group of alcohol researchers.
  • Build networks and partnerships with alcohol scholars and practitioners outside the University.
  • Strengthen our capacity through peer support and by bidding for internal and external funding.
  • Ensure that our alcohol research is transferred into teaching, policy and practice.


For more information about the network please contact:
Dr Victoria Knight