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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.

University role: 
Research Fellow

Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (psychology and development studies), University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Science (honours, psychology), University of Melbourne
Diploma of Modern Language (japanese), University of Melbourne
Graduate Certificate in Addiction Research, Dresden International University
Doctor of Philosophy (population health), University of Melbourne


2018-2022: NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (APP 1140292) - Preventing alcohol related-harms: using comparative policy analysis to study the effects and development of local government alcohol policy.($322,952). Sole CI.

Research grants include:

  • Alcohol cultures in middle and older age groups in Victoria – Victorian Health Promotion Foundation
  • Alcohol Availability Trends in Australia – Western Australia Mental Health Commission, for The Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs (Federal Government)
  • Community impact of liquor licences - NSW Ministry of Health

2018 - Late Breaking Presentation Winner, Scientific Alcohol & Drug Conference of the Australasian Professional Society for Alcohol and Other Drugs (APSAD). Auckland, New Zealand

Teaching & Supervision
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HDR completions:

  • Miranda Guizzo, Understanding responses to alcohol-related harm across Victorian local governments, completed 2019.
  • Ella Dyson, Attitudes towards warning statements about shor-term and long-term harms of alcohol in younger and older adults, completed 2017.