Dr Carol Emslie

Carol Emslie SARN websiteDr Carol Emslie is a Senior Lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University and leads the Substance Use & Misuse research group (twitter: @SubMisuseGCU).

Her current research focuses on gender and alcohol use. She is a grant holder on a NIHR funded RCT which explores whether texting innovative messages to men in deprived areas will reduce binge drinking, and a qualitative study exploring drinking in LGBT communities (funded by Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems). Other research involves a gender-sensitive scoping review of population-level interventions which influence alcohol-related harm (funded by Glasgow Centre for Population Health) and a focus group study exploring men and women’s drinking in early midlife (funded by the Medical Research Council).

Carol graduated from Glasgow University (First Class Honours, Sociology) and gained her PhD from the MRC Social & Public Health Sciences Unit in 1997. Her quantitative thesis examined the health of men and women within a British Bank in order to explore whether gender differences in minor morbidity persist amongst men and women working in similar jobs. She then worked as a Research Fellow in the Department of General Practice, Glasgow University on a qualitative project which investigated people’s perceptions of a family history of heart disease, before moving to a Senior Investigative Scientist post in the Gender & Health programme at the MRC Social & Public Health Sciences Unit. Her interest in gender and health became more focused on how alcohol is linked to expressions of gendered identity and she joined Glasgow Caledonian University in 2012 to head up the Substance Use and Misuse research group.

Carol has served on the British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Committee, the SHAAP (Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems) expert group on women & alcohol, and the management group for the Men’s Health Forum Scotland. She was recently selected to participate in Scottish Crucible, a development programme for Scotland’s research leaders of the future, closely allied to the Royal Society of Edinburgh.


Dr Carol Emslie (link) at Glasgow Caledonian University (http://www.gcu.ac.uk/iahr/) is currently working on the following studies:-

Exploring the experiences of drinking alcohol among LGBT people in Scotland: an exploratory qualitative study. Carol Emslie, Jemma Lennox and Lana Ireland (Funded by SHAAP)

Reducing binge drinking among disadvantaged men through a brief intervention delivered by mobile phone: a multi-centre randomised controlled trial (P.I. Iain Crombie (Dundee). CI: Linda Irvine (Dundee), Claire Jones (Dundee), Ian Ricketts (Dundee), Falko Sniehotta (Newcastle), John Norrie (Aberdeen), Gerald Humpris (St Andrews), Josie Evans (Stirling), Peter Rice, Dennis Petrie (Dundee), Brian Williams (GCU / Stirling) &Carol Emslie (GCU). (Funded by NIHR Public Health Research Programme).

The social context of drinking among early mid-life men and women Carol Emslie, Kate Hunt and Antonia Lyons (Funded by the Medical Research Council)