Martin Anderson graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2015 with MA (hons) in Sociology then completed an MSC with Distinction in Alcohol and Drug Studies from the University of the West of Scotland in 2016. During this MSc, he completed a 12-week placement with a third-sector organisation delivering alcohol and drug interventions in the community. He has also held a volunteering position providing telephone support to people affected by the drug use of family members. In 2017, he joined the Complexity Programme at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit on a 1+3 studentship to study alcohol and drug recovery communities, completing a Master of Public Health in 2018. A summary of the MPH dissertation is available online.
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 Wight, Dr. 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.