Kari Lancaster is a Research Associate at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC). She works as part of the multi-disciplinary Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) which aims to improve Australian drug policy by generating new evidence, translating that evidence into policy-relevant information, and studying policy processes.
Since joining the Drug Policy Modelling Program in 2009, Kari has undertaken research investigating drug policy processes, with a particular interest in examining ‘problematisation’ and how drug policy problems and policy knowledge(s) are constituted. Kari’s PhD (completed in 2016) was the first substantial work to explore and critique the dynamics of ‘evidence-based’ policy in the drug policy field, using a multiple-case qualitative design and drawing on a range of critical perspectives (including Bacchi’s Foucauldian-influenced approach, social construction theory, poststructuralism, feminist theory, and science and technology studies).
Research projects past and present include investigating strategic advocacy processes in the establishment of overdose prevention and management programs, analysis of the emergence of methamphetamine as a policy issue in Australia, and examining the science-policy interface in drug policy. Kari has collaborated with the Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) to investigate how people who use drugs perceive drug policy, and also the Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD) to explore young people’s ideas about responding to alcohol and other drug issues.
Kari is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Drug Policy and Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy.
Research interests: alcohol and other drugs, policy, law, media, poststructuralism, science & technology studies (STS), qualitative methods.
Qualifications: BA, LLB (hons), MPP, PhD