Professor Susanne MacGregor


Honorary Professor
of Social Policy

Room 209

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44 (0) 208 883 9169

+44 (0) 207 927 2701

My first degree was in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh, followed by a PhD in Politics also from Edinburgh. I have held academic posts at the University of Edinburgh, University of London (Institute of Psychiatry, Birkbeck College and Goldsmiths College) and Middlesex University London. I was Professor of Social Policy at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and Director of Research and PostGraduate Studies (Health and Social Science) at Middlesex University. I have been an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Drug Policy and am a member of the International Editorial Board of the journal Drugs: education, prevention and policy. I chaired the Social Policy and Administration and Social Work panel for the HEFC 2001 Research Assessment Exercise. I have been a Scientific Advisor to the Department of Health. I am Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at Middlesex University London. I am a member of an ACMD Working Group on Older Drug Users which aims to produce a report in April/May 2017. I am also a member of  the International Advisory Group of the Academy of Social Sciences and participating in a series of seminars on interdisciplinary and international research and policy. I chair the Research and Evaluation Group for the University of Bedfordshire Alexi Project on developing services for children and young people at risk of sexual exploitation.


Department of Social and Environmental Health Research
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


Health and Social Change (ECOHOST)
History in Public Health
Global Mental Health


At LSHTM, I have taught on courses in Health Promotion and Drugs Alcohol and Tobacco on the Masters in Public Health, supervised various Masters' projects and advised PhD students. Over the years I have taught on several courses, including Political Sociology, Social Research Methods and Comparative Social Policy. I have previously acted as external examiner at universities in England and Scotland (eg Edinburgh, Bath, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, LSE, Institute of Psychiatry, Royal Holloway, Loughborough, Bristol, Brighton, Hertfordshire, Westminster, Sheffield Hallam, Kent) as well as overseas (Aarhus Denmark; Melbourne Australia, Ghent Belgium).


I have been a member of an international collaborative project Towards Universal Social Security in Emerging Economies co-ordinated by UNRISD. My working paper on Welfare: theoretical and analytic paradigms is on the UNRISD website along with some case-studies. I have a chapter 'Universalism and Health: the battle of ideas' in a collection Towards Universal Health Care in Emerging Economies: opportunities and challenges edited by Ilcheong Yi to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017.

I co-edited, with Betsy Thom of Middlesex University, a six volume collection of Major Works in Drug and Alcohol Studies published by Sage in December 2013. I have also contributed a chapter on 'Public health approaches to drugs and alcohol: a critique' in the  Handbook of Drug and Alcohol Studies edited by Kolind,Thom and Hunt and published by Sage in 2017.

Earlier, I completed work on a project funded by the Department of Health (Policy Research Programme) to evaluate their national Alcohol Improvement Programme (with Middlesex University and York University). The final report on this project was submitted to DH in April 2012 co-written with Betsy Thom, Charlie Lloyd, Rachel Herring, Christine Godfrey, Jordan Tchilingirian and Paul Toner. Three articles from this project have now been published in refereed journals.

I was supported by The Leverhulme Trust from 2007 to 2010 as an Emeritus Fellow in the Centre for History in Public Health. Based on this, I have written a book entitled The Politics of Drugs: perceptions, power and policies to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017.  

For nearly ten years I was Programme Coordinator for the UK Department of Health (Policy Research Programme) Drugs Misuse Research Initiative. Phase One of this programme (total budget £2.4 million) ran from 2000 to 2005 and included projects on treatment, co-morbidity/dual diagnosis, young people and waiting lists. Phase Two, entitled ROUTES (research on understanding treatment experiences and services) and valued at £1.2 million, began in 2005 and continued to 2009. ROUTES focused on experiences of treatment and service configuration and on children, young people, families and communities. Further information on this programme of research can be accessed via the website I edited a collection based on this programme of research which was published by Routledge -  Responding to Drug Misuse: research and policy priorities in health and social care (2010). 

Research Area
Complex interventions
Health policy
Health promotion
Health services research
Health systems
Public health
Research : policy relationship
Social and structural determinants of health
Implementation research
Substance use
Development studies
Policy analysis
Political science
Social Sciences
Social Policy
Disease and Health Conditions
Mental health
Europe & Central Asia (all income levels)
European Union

Selected Publications

Proposals for policy development: drugs
MacGregor, S.
Substance Use and Older People
Evidence-based policy: exploring international and interdisciplinary insights
MacGregor, S.; Hantrais, L.; Lenihan, A.T.
Contemporary Social Science
The emergence and influence of the concept of governance in the European addiction field
MacGregor, S.; Singleton, N.; Trautmann, F.
Reframing addiction: policies, processes and pressures
Perceptions on the role of evidence: an English alcohol policy case study
Toner, P.; Lloyd, C.; Thom, B.; MacGregor, S.; Godfrey, C.; Herring, R.; Tchilingirian, J.
Evidence & Policy
The Alcohol Improvement Programme: Evaluation of an Initiative to Address Alcohol-Related Health Harm in England
Thom, B.; MacGregor, S.; Godfrey, C.; Herring, R.; Lloyd, C.; Tchilingirian, J.; Toner, P.
Alcohol and Alcoholism
Barriers to the influence of evidence on policy: are politicians the problem?
MacGregor, S.
Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy
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