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Ms Claire Wilkinson


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Dr Claire Wilkinson is a Research Fellow at the Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) at the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). She is an NHMRC Early Career Fellow (2018 to 2022).

She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR) at La Trobe University. Claire's PhD evaluated recent and historical approaches to limiting alcohol outlet density at a local level in Victoria using both licensing and planning legislation. Claire’s research on alcohol policy is multidisciplinary drawing on public health, public policy, policy-making and implementation science as well as historical perspectives. Claire uses qualitative and mixed methods. She maintains close links with the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe University, where she worked as a Research Associate prior to commencing at UNSW. She has published over 30 publications including peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and reports.

Claire is grateful for outstanding professional mentors, especially Prof Robin Room and A/Prof Sarah MacLean, LaTrobe University and now, at UNSW from Prof Alison Ritter AO. She counts herself lucky to have spent a formative ten years at Melbourne's TurningPoint, Alcohol & Drug Centre, which has given rise to many of Australia's former and current leaders in AOD research, practice and policy.

University role: 
Research Fellow

PhD in Population HealthUniversity of MelbourneGraduate Certificate in Addiction Research, Dresden International University; Diploma in Japanese, University of Melbourne; Bachelor of Science (Honours, Psychology), University of Melbourne; Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, Development Studies & Psychology, University of Melbourne

  • 2020 Alcohol purchasing and consumption: Learning from pandemic containment measures for more effective alcohol policy
  • 2019 -2020 La Trobe University Sheffield Hallam University Collaborative Research Seed Grants, $10,000 
  • 2019 NSW Ministry of Health, $32,000
  • 2018 - 2022: NHMRC Early Career Fellowship, $322,952
  • 2016 Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, $150,000
  • 2016 Western Australia Mental Health Commission, for The Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs (Federal Government), $75,000
  • 2015 NSW Ministry of Health, $20,000
  • 2013 World Health Organization, $14,000


  • 2018: Late Breaking Presentation Winner, Scientific Alcohol & Drug Conference of the Australasian Professional Society for Alcohol and Other Drugs, New Zealand
  • 2018-2022: National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship
  • 2012: Finnish Government Doctoral Scholarship, University of Helsinki
  • 2012: Postgraduate Overseas Research Scholarships, The University of Melbourne
  • 2012: Graduate Social Science/Humanities Scholarship, Queen’s College, The University of Melbourne
  • 2011: Frank Murphy Travelling Scholarship, Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre
  • 2011-2014: Australian Postgraduate Award, Australian Government


Teaching & Supervision
I am available to supervise: 
Currently supervising: 


Stephanie Colbert (PhD, Public Health, UNSW) - Understanding the online alcohol delivery market in Australia to inform improved regulation of the industry and reduce alcohol-related harm (Joint Supervisor); 2020 to present.

Michala Kowalski (PhD, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW) - Alcohol policy-making in the night-time economy (Scientia Scholarship Project, Joint Supervisor); 2020 to present.



Miranda Guizzo (MPhil) - Prevalence and enablers of local government alcohol policy, (Public Health, La Trobe University, Melbourne) 

Ella Dyson (MPhil) - Attitudes alcohol warning statements about short- and long-term harms among younger and older adults (Public Health, La Trobe University, Melbourne)


Lisa Gelbart (Hons) - Trends in media reporting on alcohol-related violence since 2005 (Biomedical Science, Monash University, Melbourne)

Supervision keywords: 
alcohol policy
drug regulation
city and urban planning
socio-legal issues
socio-legal methodology


  • Social Research and Policy Project, SRAP 3002, 2020 T3

Guest lecturing

  • Qualitative social research methods
  • Policy-making and evidence-based policy
  • Health, law and ethics