Alcohol Occasionals 2023 – Call for proposals / Save the dates

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and the Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN) invite researchers to submit their research proposals for the 2023 Alcohol Occasionals series on the theme Alcohol in a changing world. We are interested to hear from researchers from any discipline who wish to share their research relating to this theme. The occasionals will take place online.

There will be four seminars in 2023, all 12:45pm-2pm UK time:

  • Wednesday 29 March
  • Tuesday 25 April
  • Wednesday 24 May
  • Tuesday 20 June

For more information on proposal requirements and submission please visit SHAAP’s website. The deadline for proposal submissions is 9am, Monday 6 February 2023.

The SARN Early Career Researchers Conference 2023

The Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN) Early Career Researcher Conference (ECR) is taking place on Monday 23 January 2023 at the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh. This networking event will take place in person from 13:00-17:00 GMT and lunch will be served to all attendees.

The ECR Conference will provide early career researchers and PhD students with an opportunity to present their work and discuss future projects, whilst networking with colleagues from their field.

Register for the event here:

We are pleased to announce that our call for abstracts is now live. If you would like the opportunity to present recent studies and ongoing work in the alcohol field at this event, then please email Abstracts should be 150 words or less and should give a brief summary of the work you intend to present. All abstracts must include a conflict-of-interest statement to be considered (see statement below):

Deadline for submission is Wednesday 30 November 2022 at 9am.

QMJC #6 Write-up

Meeting #6 (April 2021) – Salerno Valdez et al. (2019)

In our sixth and final meeting on Tuesday 20 April, we discussed Salerno Valdez et al. How the U.S.-Mexico border influences adolescent substance use: Youth participatory action research using photovoice. The International Journal on Drug Policy73, 146–155. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.07.011

In this study, researchers developed a Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) approach with a state-funded youth coalition group on the US/Mexico border to explore factors influencing adolescent substance use. Twenty three young people were trained as researchers, and carried out a “photovoice” study, using photographs they had taken to document what they perceived as environmental influences on their behaviour and that of their peers. Photos were used to generate discussion and develop recommendations to improve the environment in which the young people lived. This paper is a superb example of co-production of research, Participatory Action Research (PAR), as of the photovoice approach…… [Read on]

Dr Matt Smith

Read the full report on the SSA website

Online Masterclass: Qualitative Research

The Society for the Study of Addiction sponsored a conference on conducting qualitative addiction research in March 2020, and the four Masterclass lectures and interviews are now freely available online. They provide a useful resource for qualitative researchers looking to develop their skills and careers.   The speakers are Prof Carol Emslie (Glasgow Caledonian University) on alcohol, Dr Caitlin Notley (UEA) on smoking, Dr Polly Radcliffe (KCL) on drugs and Prof Gerda Reith (University of Glasgow) on gambling. 

Carol Emslie’s lecture on qualitative methods drawing on the LGBT+ and alcohol project funded by SHAAP:

All lectures / interviews available here: