November 21, 2023 - 1:30 pm

From: NDRI

Researching lived experience, values and drug policy –
NDRI Seminar


Presenter: Dr Rebecca Askew – Reader in Criminology, Manchester Metropolitan University

Rebecca joined the Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP; UNSW, Sydney) in May 2022 for an 18-month Leverhulme International Fellowship to research values connected to drug policy, using data from the UK Drug Policy Voices project. Drug Policy Voices was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (2018-2020) with the aim of engaging people who use drugs into debates about drug policy using a mixed methods approach. This included an online survey to assess values and attitudes, and a multimethod qualitative research design including interviews, workshops, and creative methods. This research design sought to encourage participation and representation by using a participant-led approach and facilitating engagement through targeted community networks and the Drug Policy Voices podcast.

This seminar details Rebecca’s Fellowship journey which includes the challenges of synthesising multimethod qualitative data, a critical reflection on the meaning of ‘lived experience’ in alcohol and other drug (AOD) research, how researching values has advanced knowledge about the attitudinal tension and complexity within drug policy debates, and the key policy messages emerging from these findings. Throughout, Rebecca reflects on how this core learning has been facilitated while working at DPMP and networking within the Australian AOD field.

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