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Thinking Critically about Lived Experience of Alcohol in Social Science Research and Teaching

A BSA Alcohol Study Group Virtual Workshop

15 September 2021 (time TBC)

About the Event

Our next study group event will be structured around the broad theme of ‘lived experience’ of alcohol, in social science research and teaching. Ethnographic or autographic studies are common in alcohol research and we would be interested in presentations of findings, or critical reflections about research, using these methods. We also welcome papers which reflect on how researchers’ own, or others, drinking practices feature in the fieldwork process in other types of studies (quantitative studies, interview studies etc). Involving people with lived experience in the research process is valuable and co-production is encouraged in some disciplines. Yet how can we think sociologically about the practical and methodological dimensions of involving people with lived experience in alcohol research. Furthermore, what is the experience of being involved as someone with lived experience of heavy drinking, in research on alcohol use? How can we use our research about alcohol in our teaching? What can we learn from each other about teaching using alcohol research as case studies across disciplines?

Call for Papers

We are interested in any paper which speaks to the theme of ‘lived experience’ in alcohol research. These could consider, but are not limited to:

  • Critical reflection about alcohol related ethnography and auto-ethnography.
  • Reflexivity about a researcher’s alcohol use in the research process
  • Involving people with lived experience in research/ or being involved as someone with lived experience in alcohol research.
  • Using alcohol research as case studies in teaching

We aim for this to be a supportive event for open reflection and discussion. We welcome 20 minute presentations in the traditional PowerPoint type format but would consider presentations in other formats which can be delivered online.

Please submit your abstract of no more than 200 words by 30 May 2021 to the convenors Claire Markham or Kat Jackson. If you'd like to discuss your abstract, or require further information please get in touch.


  • BSA Members:  FREE
  • Non-members: £10