Martin Anderson

MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow

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Research Summary

Martin’s PhD research is an evaluation of the implementation of the San Patrignano recovery enterprise model in Scotland, seeking to understand the influence of contextual factors on change mechanisms when transferring an intervention model to a substantially different setting. This is a process evaluation of a complex intervention, drawing on realist principles to ask what works, for whom, in what circumstances, and using the MRC guidance on process evaluation to assess implementation, dose, fidelity, and reach, by applying and integrating a variety of social science methods.  The core method is longitudinal mixed-methods social network analysis, incorporating quantitative questionnaires, routinely-collected data, participatory-mapping of ego-networks, qualitative interviewing, and participant observation.

The study is supervised by Professor Danny WightDr. Mark McCann, and Dr. Lucy Pickering, and conducted with the generous co-operation of Independence from Drugs and Alcohol Scotland (IFDAS), who have transferred the San Patrignano model in the form of the River Garden recovery community in South Ayrshire. 


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2017-2021 MRC/CSO 1+3 Year Research Studentship


Anderson, M. (2021) Evaluation of a residential rehabilitation community: utilising the qualitative structural analysis of egonets to theorise programme mechanisms. [Presentation]. Networks 2021: A Joint Sunbelt and Netsci Conference, 5th July 2021

Anderson, M., Devlin, A. M., Pickering, L., McCann, M. and Wight, D. (2019) ‘It’s Not Nine-to-Five Recovery’: How Recovery Communities Help Sustain LongTerm Recovery from Problem Alcohol and Other Drug Use. [Presentation]. Faculty of Public Health (Scotland) Annual Conference, Dunblane, Scotland, 28- 29 Nov 2019

Anderson, M. (2019) Evaluating the implementation of the San Patrignano drug recovery model in Scotland. [Poster]. Drug Research Network Scotland Annual Conference, Glasgow, Scotland 25th Nov 2019 3

Anderson, M. (2019) Evaluating a recovery enterprise: What works for whom in what circumstances? [Presentation]. Society for the Study of Addiction PhD Symposium, Newcastle, 6th Nov 2019

Anderson, M. (2019) Using social network analysis in a realist evaluation of a recovery enterprise. [Presentation]. College of Social Sciences PGR Conference, Glasgow, 31st Oct 2019



2021 Guest Co-Lecture: Addiction in Cultural Context (MSc Health and Culture)

2020 Research Skills Seminar: Introduction to Ego Networks