PhD Opportunities with the Drug Policy Modelling Program 2015

Date Published:
30 Apr 2015
Image - PhD Opportunities with the Drug Policy Modelling Program 2015

The Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP)

o   Are you interested in improving Australia's response to drug issues?

o   Are you interested in contributing to knowledge about the formation and implementation of drug policy, in Australia and internationally?

o   Do you have an Honors or Master’s degree?

Then a PhD at DPMP may be of interest to you.

By studying with us, you will have the opportunity to generate research evidence that is timely and relevant to current drug and alcohol policy issues, translate research findings into meaningful information for policy decision-makers, and study the processes of policy development and implementation. You will have the opportunity to create valuable new drug policy insights, ideas and interventions that will enable a successful Australian response to drug-related issues and concerns.

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) is offering at least one PhD scholarship to carry out innovative research on drug or alcohol related issues including, but not limited to, prevention activities or clinical interventions for substance use and disorders, epidemiology, health economics and drug policy research.  NDARC provides a highly supportive study environment, with excellent facilities including desk space, regular training opportunities, computer access and statistical support. The scholarship will be offered at $26,000 per year, with the opportunity for additional paid employment.

Applicants should have a strong honours degree in one of the behavioural sciences (psychology, public health or a related discipline) and knowledge of EEO/AA principles and policies. Applicants must also satisfy the University of New South Wales requirements for enrolment in a PhD ( Experience in the drug and alcohol field is desirable, although not essential.

To apply, applicants must submit the following to

  • Thesis proposal
  • Academic Transcript
  • CV
  • A completed application form, as well as any attachments outlined in the form.

Note – the student must nominate a supervisor on the application form. The supervisor must be an NDARC Academic and it is expected that applicants will have made contact with the proposed supervisor prior to submission of an application.

(Program start: Semester 2, 2015)

Closing date: 10th June 2015

Enquires: A/Prof Tim Slade (

Download the application form


PhD Supervisors and possible dissertation fields

Professor Alison Ritter: drug policy; alcohol and other drug treatment systems research (planning & purchasing); policy impact evaluation; drug markets; policy processes

Dr Jenny Chalmers: implications of alcohol pricing policy for alcohol and other drug use; trends in drug use and harms from drug use; drug use and birth cohorts; alcohol industry responses to policy reform

Dr Marian Shanahan: cost effectiveness and cost benefit analysis; health economics; program and treatment evaluation; cannabis policy; police diversion; quantification of intangible outcomes

Dr Caitlin Hughes: drugs and crime; impacts of drug laws, policing and criminal justice policies; drug law reform; police and court diversion; drug markets, supply and trafficking

Dr Michael Livingston: studies of the impacts alcohol policy changes; population trends in alcohol consumption, attitudes and alcohol-related harm; socio-economic inequality and alcohol

Dr Phuong Hoang: program and policy evaluation; applied econometrics; health economics

Dr Monica Barratt: drugs and the internet; drugs on the dark net; impacts of drug laws and policies; consumer involvement; digital research methods



Subscribe to News & Events

Subscribe RSS Feed

Back to Top