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Professor Alison Ritter


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Professor Alison Ritter, AO is an internationally recognised drug policy scholar and the Director of the Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) at the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at the University of New South Wales. She is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow leading a multi-disciplinary program of research on drug policy. The goal of the work is to advance drug policy through improving the evidence-base, translating research and studying policy processes.

Professor Ritter worked as a clinical psychologist in the alcohol and drug treatment sector prior to commencing full-time research. She has contributed significant policy and practice developments across alcohol and drug policy over many years. She is a past President of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy, Vice-President of the Alcohol and Drug Council of Australia and an Editor for a number of journals, including Drug and Alcohol Review, and the International Journal of Drug Policy.

Professor Ritter has an extensive research grant track record ($31m). She has published widely in the field including two edited books; multiple book chapters and more than 180 other publications.

Selected Research Projects:

University role: 

Research grants include:

  • Designing illicit drug policy solutions: the role of participation ARC DP (DP200100909)
  • Alcohol and other drug treatment funding, purchasing and workforce: empirical analyses to inform policy - NHMRC project grant (APP1128100)
  • The value of providing health interventions for heroin use: a cost benefit analysis - NHMRC Project Grant (APP1042923)
  • The science-policy interface in policy theories: a comparative case study of street-level policing for illicit drugs - ARC DP (DP140100219)
  • The deterrence effects of Australian drug law enforcement - ARC DP (DP150100910)
  • The social cost of smoking in NSW - NSW Ministry of Health
  • Evaluation of the Involuntary Drug Alcohol Treatment Program - NSW Ministry of Health
  • Reducing stigma and discrimination for people experiencing problematic alcohol and other drug use - Queensland Mental Health Commission
  • Drugs on the darknet: Assessing the global health risks of a rapidly expanding market - NHMRC Project grant (APP1122200)
Socio-economic Objective (SEO) tags: 
Substance Abuse
Teaching & Supervision

Areas of HDR supervision:
Improving drug policy processes through participation
Treatment service system: alcohol and other drug treatment purchasing, planning and funding
Compulsory drug treatment
Studying policy processes