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John Fitzgerald

Associate Professor In Criminology
Alcohol and Drug Policy
social sciences
criminology & penology
life sciences & biomedicine
science & technology
substance abuse
drug markets
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John Fitzgerald

Primary Interest
Drug use
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John Fitzgerald


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.

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Stanton Peele Award for Study of the Addictions

Deakin University


FPIA - Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia


VicHealth Research Fellowship


NHMRCF - NHMRC Fellowship





Associate Professor In Criminology

Social And Political Sciences


Doctor of Philosophy

Monash University

Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Science (honours)

University of Melbourne