Dr Kari Lancaster is a Scientia Fellow at the Centre for Social Research in Health (CSRH), UNSW. Kari’s research uses critical policy studies approaches (including those informed by poststructural theory and science and technology studies) to contribute to contemporary discussions about emerging issues of political and policy significance in the fields of drugs and viral hepatitis. Kari’s research has examined how policy problems and policy knowledges are constituted, and the dynamics of ‘evidence-based’ policy.
Prior to joining CSRH, Kari worked as part of the Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC). Research projects past and present include investigating processes leading to the establishment of overdose prevention and management programs, critical analysis of the emergence of methamphetamine and recovery as policy issues in Australia, rethinking approaches to participation in drug policy processes, 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 Assistant Commissioning Editor of Addiction, and a member of the editorial boards of both the International Journal of Drug Policy and Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy.
Research interests: alcohol and other drugs, hepatitis C, policy, law, media, poststructuralism, science & technology studies (STS), qualitative methods.
Qualifications: BA, LLB (hons), MPP, PhD