Prof. Katy Holloway Inaugural Lecture

March 17, 2017

Shooting up and coming down: the highs and lows of drug research in Criminology

4th April 2017, 6pm
USW Conference Centre, Treforest Campus

In her inaugural professorial lecture, Professor Katy Holloway will reflect on different moments in her research career.  She will draw on her experiences as an undergraduate Psychology student, a Research Assistant in the Home Office Police Research Group, a Data Analyst in the Institute for Criminology at the University of Cambridge and her time as a Fellow, Reader and Professor at the University of South Wales. 

During the lecture, Katy will consider the highs and lows of conducting research in the field of substance misuse and demonstrate how the philosophy of harm reduction has underpinned her research every step of the way.

Katy was appointed Professor of Criminology at the University of South Wales in July 2013. Previously, Katy worked as a data analyst in the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge after completing her PhD there in 2000. In 2002, Katy moved to Wales to take up a Research Fellowship at the University of Glamorgan (now the University of South Wales) and in 2008 she became a Reader in Criminology and a permanent member of the Criminology team.

During the course of her academic career, Katy’s research has focused on illegal drug use. She has conducted studies that have investigated a wide range of drug-related issues including: drug use among arrestees, the causal connection between drug use and crime among prisoners, the effectiveness of drug treatment programmes, the use of Take-Home Naloxone among opiate users, the implementation of the Welsh Substance Misuse Strategy, and the characteristics of opiate overdose events. 

Katy is currently leading a study of drug and alcohol use among university students in Wales and a study of the misuse and diversion of opioid substitution medication. The philosophy of harm reduction underpins Katy’s research and she has recently been co-opted onto a sub-group of the Welsh Government’s Advisory Panel on Substance Misuse to review the evidence base on the effectiveness of safer injecting facilities in reducing harm and saving lives.

If you would like to attend this inaugural lecture, please contact Carol by phone 01443 482763 or e-mail:

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