QMJC #4 Write-up

Meeting #4 (February 2021) – Thurnell-Read (2011)

In our fourth meeting on Tuesday 23 February, we discussed Thurnell-Read, T. 2011. ‘Common-sense’ research: Senses, emotions and embodiment in researching stag tourism in Eastern Europe. Methodological Innovations Online, 6(3), pp.39-49. doi: 10.4256/mio.2011.005

This fascinating study uses the stag weekend as a lens to explore men’s drinking, masculinities and the male body, adding to a relatively recent body of work which focuses on alcohol and men’s gendered identity […] Thurnell-Read (2011) draws on in-depth participant observation with eight groups of British men in Krakow old town centre who are ‘off the leash and out of control’ to question previous assumptions about men invariably being expected to demonstrate ‘manliness’ by ‘holding’ their drink and exerting control over their bodies…. [Read on]

Professor Carol Emslie

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Alcohol Occasionals event report – Feb 2021

Exploring men’s alcohol consumption in the context of becoming a father: A scoping review – Dr Elena Dimova

In our second Alcohol Occasionals event of 2021 held on Thursday 25 February, Dr Elena Dimova, Postgraduate Researcher at Glasgow Caledonian University, presented: “Exploring men’s alcohol consumption in the context of becoming a father: A scoping review“.

You can read the event report on the SHAAP website.

You can also watch Elena’s presentation and the presentation with discussion and Q+A

SARN March 2021 Meeting – Research presentations

The two research presentations from the SARN Members’ March 2021 Meeting are now available, which were presented on 9 March 2021 via Zoom.


Professor Niamh Fitzgerald and Dr Isabelle Uny (University of Stirling) presented: “Managing COVID-19 transmission risks in bars: can pubs and bars effectively and consistently prevent COVID-19 transmission risks?”


Dr Andrea Mohan (University of Dundee) presented: “What can we learn from the perspectives of repeat drink-drivers? Findings from a qualitative study”.

Qualitative Methods Journal Club Meeting #5

SARN is supporting Professor Carol Emslie (SARN Co-Chair) and colleagues at the Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) Substance Use Research Group to host a series of the Society for the Study of Addiction (SSA) funded Qualitative Methods Journal Club (QMJC) from November 2020 – April 2021.

The QMJC highlights best practice through its selection of good quality qualitative research papers. After each meeting, a summary of the discussion from the Journal Club will be made available on the SSA website: https://www.addiction-ssa.org/hot-topic/qualitative-methods-journal-club/


In our fifth meeting on Wednesday 24 March, from 2pm-3:15pm on Zoom, we will be discussing:

Brierley-Jones et al. Habitus of home and traditional drinking: a qualitative analysis of reported middle-class alcohol use. Sociol Health Illn. 2014; 36(7): 1054-76. doi: 10.1111/1467-9566.12145

You must register to attend:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/qualitative-methods-journal-club-meeting-5-hosted-by-gcu-tickets-136996376851

Please read and reflect on the above paper and questions before the meeting.


Save the date: The final meeting will be on Tuesday 20 April (also 2-3:15pm).

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QMJC #3 Write-up

Meeting #3 (January 2021) – Pauly et al. (2020)

In our third meeting on Thursday 14 January, we discussed Pauly BB, Mamdani Z, Mesley L, et al.It’s an emotional roller coaster… But sometimes it’s fucking awesome“: Meaning and motivation of work for peers in overdose response environments in British Columbia. Int J Drug Policy. 2020; 88: 103015. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2020.103015.

We were delighted to be joined by Professor Bernie Pauly at the event.

This paper explored the roles, positive experiences, and challenges for a group of “experiential workers” commonly known as “peers” (workers with past or present experience of drug use) carrying out harm reduction work in two organisations in British Columbia, Canada. The research team consisted of academic researchers as well as Experiential Research Assistants (ERAs), who had past or present experience of drug use. This paper was chosen for discussion because of the innovative approach to integration of ERAs in project design, management, data collection, data analysis and write up… [Read on]

Dr Matt Smith

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