ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Laura Roe
University of St Andrews
The project built on doctoral research to explore how addiction and substance use shape experiences of time and memory for people who use drugs in Southeast Scotland. In turn, the research considered how such experiences, such as that of time becoming lost, fractured, or repetitive, impact upon both intimate social relationships and relationships with service providers. The project sought to develop networks with policymakers and third sector services, culminating in an exhibition on substance use in Scotland at the Wardlaw Museum, St Andrews.
Fellowship accomplishments / highlights:
The fellowship gave an excellent opportunity to disseminate the results of the research to a much wider audience, as well as engage both members of the public and policymakers in conversations around addiction and drug use.
Advice for future fellows:
Plan for the years after your fellowship early and focus on developing lasting networks. Alongside policymakers, government research analysts have tangible impact on policy and are well worth reaching out to.