I joined the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University in April 2016. Prior to that I worked in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. I completed by my PhD in 2008 also at Leeds. My first degree was in sociology at the University of Liverpool. I work mainly in the area of social policy and criminology, but I am influenced by my background in sociology. My primary research interests revolve around an analysis of ‘elites’. This has taken me in numerous directions. I have explored the influences and drivers of policy making looking at the relationship between science and evidence in the making of drugs and welfare policies. I have recently published work on State Criminality and Crimes of the Powerful. I am also interested in the theory and application of realist methods.
Harry Sumnall, Ian Hamilton and Mark Monaghan provide an overview of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) aimed at health professionals and others who work with people who use these new psychoactive substances.[read the full story...]
Mark Monaghan writes his debut Mental Elf blog about a systematic review on psychological and psychosocial interventions for cannabis cessation in adults. Part of our #CannabisMatters series, this review suggests that CBT and Motivational Interviewing may improve outcomes in a self-selected population of cannabis users.[read the full story...]