Consumption and Risk

Consumption and Risk

Various colleagues in Sociology at Glasgow conduct research which is concerned to understand forms risk or of risky behaviour. Such questions feature strongly in the much of the work undertaken with the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, especially on violence and its effects, and within the research on health and well-being undertaken within the Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research. The work of Prof. Gerda Reith is central here both as head of the Gambling Research Group, and as a world leading expert in research on gambling, which has been supported by multiple ESRC awards. This includes an on-going project on gambling careers on which Dr. Kirsteen Paton is lead researcher. It encompasses also, however, the cross-cultural studies of drug taking carried out by Dr. Lucy Pickering.

Current and recent research projects:

  • Prof. Reith is visiting Professorial Fellow at Australian National University, working with colleagues in the Research School of Social Sciences and is collaborating with colleagues at Melbourne University and at Harvard on a proposal to the EPSRC on online technologies. She is also a member of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, and chair of the Research Panel of the Board, which provides expert advice to the Gambling Commission, and to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, on the formation of a national responsible gambling strategy. She is also a member of the ESRC's Expert Panel on Heath and Wellbeing and of their Peer Review College for the sociology subject;
  • Dr Lucy Pickering’s groundbreaking work on experiences of embodiment led to a pathbreaking article in Body and Society about which she has recently been interviewed in Theory, Culture and Society.