Chris joined the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) in 2018 as a research assistant. In 2019 he started his PhD research in the Drug Policy Modelling Program. The focus of Chris’s thesis is centred around a cross national comparative analysis of harm reduction strategies in night-time economies. Thesis projects include: (a) reviewing the different harm reduction approaches in Sydney and other night-time economies (NTEs) (e.g. in Amsterdam and London) (b) investigating the impact of ‘club drug’ centred harm reduction approaches in aforementioned NTEs (c) analyse key stakeholder perspectives on the utility of pro-active ‘club drug’ harm reduction approaches (d) assess patron perceptions of drug-related harm reduction programs in NTEs across the globe, and any cross-national variance.
Prior to joining NDARC, Chris completed a double bachelor’s degree in pharmacology and Anthropology (with honours) at the University of New South Wales in 2015. The focus of his honour’s thesis delved into research on the interface of medical anthropology and ethnobotany. Since the beginning of 2018 he has been involved in a number of research projects across a range of backgrounds including illicit drug markets; drug monitoring; drug policy; harm reduction; and best practice recommendations for minimizing the risks for clients on opioid treatment therapies.