A/PROF John Fitzgerald

A/PROF John Fitzgerald

Positions

  • Drug use, in particular the cultural aspects of the use of illegal drugs and alcohol and their impact on society (Alcohol and Drug Policy)

Overview

OverviewText1

  • Associate Professor Fitzgerald is an expert in Alcohol and Drug Policy. He has a PhD in Pharmacology on the drug ecstasy and a second PhD in English on the discourse and language used to understand psychoactive substances. His research focusses on the lived experience and cultural significance of psychoactive substance use, ranging across hallucinogenics, to stimulants, injectable opiates and alcohol. He has disciplinary expertise in ethnography, social science research methods, continental philosophy, discourse analysis and health promotion. John has received numerous research grants from national funding bodies and has worked internationally assisting with health training and policy development. In 2002 John served as Associate Dean (knowledge Transfer ) in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. Between 2009 and 2012 John took leave from the University to work at VicHealth the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation where he led the research, alcohol, tobacco and healthy eating programs and acted as CEO for 10 months. At the end of his three years away John returned to The University of Melbourne to continue his research, teaching and supervision of research higher degree students. John has an active media profile appearing on TV and radio as an expert commentator on matters relating to alcohol, tobacco, healthy eating and healthy urban planning strategies.

    in 2012 he is teaching three subjects, Advanced Qualitative Methods, Drugs and Justice and Crime and Public Policy. He is currently supervising three PhD students in areas ranging from narrative of depression and wellbeing to narrative interventions in diabetes management.   

Publications

Selected publications

Research

Investigator on

Awards

Education and training

  • PhD, Monash University 2003
  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1993
  • BSc(Hons), University of Melbourne 1988

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia, 2011
  • Stanton Peele Award for Study of the Addictions, Deakin University, 2001
  • NHMRC Fellowship, 1994

Supervision

Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • John's research focusses on the lived experience and cultural significance of psychoactive substance use, ranging across hallucinogenics, to stimulants, injectable opiates and alcohol. He has disciplinary expertise in ethnography, social science research methods, continental philosophy, discourse analysis and health promotion.

    He is currently supervising four PhD students in areas ranging from narrative of depression and wellbeing to narrative interventions in diabetes management.

    Andrew Dare
    Tina Campbell
    Christine Thompson
    Caitlin Overington

    He is also supervising two Honours students :

    Tess Roberts-Hook
    Livia Beattie