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:

Scottish Government Launches Count 14 Campaign

On March 11th 2019, the Scottish Government launched Count 14, a national alcohol public information campaign. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the UK CMOs’ lower-risk guidelines of 14 units per week, what one unit and 14 units mean in terms of specific alcoholic drinks and the health risks of drinking more than 14 units on a regular basis.

To find out more about the healthy drinking guidelines visit: www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/alcohol 

The second PhD student and Early Career Researcher Symposium held in Edinburgh

SHAAP and SARN were delighted to organise the second PhD student and Early Career Researcher Symposium on 19 November 2018. Following the success of the first symposium in 2016, the second one was organised as an official satellite event to the 8th European Alcohol Policy Conference (EAPC). The event was attended by PhD students, ECRs, academics and clinicians affiliated with SHAAP and SARN, and attendees of the 8EAPC.

© SARN/Malcolm Cochrane Photography

The Symposium, included presentations from PhD students and ECRs at various stages of their career, ranging from early on in the PhD process to those working as postdoctoral researchers. Six of the presenters were from Scotland, one from Ireland and one from Texas, USA. Topics ranged from marketing and young people, to alcohol use in pregnancy and reducing alcohol consumption in university students.

© SARN/Malcolm Cochrane Photography

More information about this event will be made available in the New Year, when SHAAP will publish a report summarising the presentations and discussions that took place on the 19 of November. The report from the first Symposium is available here.

Presenters at the Symposium:

  • Ben Butterworth, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Susan Calnan, University College Cork
  • Clare Sharp, University of Stirling
  • Nathan Critchlow, University of Stirling
  • Max G Griswold, RAND Corporation
  • Annie Taylor, Edinburgh Napier University

© SARN/Malcolm Cochrane Photography