- PODCAST 60mins: Is the harm caused by drugs or drug policy?
- Film Exchange on Alcohol and Drugs: 9 short videos
- Examining Drugs, Crime and Criminalisation: An Online Prezi Presentation
- Research Repository: 15 submissions for download
- Ideas Wales Think Tank: Imagining a Drug Policy Fit for Purpose
- Drug Testing Technology Damaging Policy and Practice
- New Labour’s Drug Policy Legacy
Born and brought up in a close-knit working class area of Liverpool (Anfield), second eldest of five children, my father died when I was twelve and this provided an unwanted ['rich'] experience of severe poverty and family survival. Disenchanted and disengaged at school, I left aged 17 and with an interest in social welfare/inequality I eventually found employment at Liverpool Social Services in 1974. Employment proved an excellent place to manage my transition from adolescence to adulthood and I realised the importance and enjoyment in further and higher education.
After qualifying as a social worker at Liverpool University in 1983 I joined the Merseyside Probation Service. In the mid late 1980s I worked at the ‘coalface’ as a drugs worker and was instrumental in conceptualizing and promoting a ‘risk reduction’ approach (Buchanan & Wyke 1987) which was adopted by Merseyside Probation in a new drug policy document, I was a founder member of one of the largest multi-agency community drugs teams in the UK – the South Sefton Drugs Team which in the mid 1980s offered a full range of harm reduction services: Free needle exchanges, condoms, methadone and heroin prescribing, injectable prescribing, prison relapse prevention etc.
I left probation work to continue research and writing and worked as lecturer at Liverpool University, before gaining promotion at University of Central Lancashire (England) and Glyndwr University (Wales). I moved to the Institute of Criminology Victoria University of Wellington, (New Zealand) in 2011. Throughout my career I have maintained a strong interest in the interplay between: inequality; crime; problematic drug use; and drug policy/practice. I’ve published widely and addressed numerous conferences on these issues.
Particularly interests include:
- problem drug use
- drugs and crime
- social exclusion and social reintegration
- criminal justice/injustice
- racism and the criminal justice system
- parental drug use
- drug interventions and treatment
- online learning
- twitter: julianbuchanan
Please note the views expressed are entirely my own and do not represent or reflect my employer