Gambling Research Group

The Gambling Research Group is an international network of academics, organisations, policy-makers and service providers who share a common interest in the social impacts of gambling, particularly its effects on vulnerable groups, and on the cultural and political context of the expansion of commercial gaming.

Our members are engaged in a range of interdisciplinary, policy-relevant and theoretically informed projects funded by range of organisations including the Economic and Social Research Council, the Scottish Executive, and the Responsibility in Gambling Trust.


  • 'Situating Problem Gambling: The Social Context of Gambling "Careers"'. A three year qualitative, longitudinal study into the sociological determinants of gambling behaviour for the Economic and Social Research Council and the Responsibility in Gambling Trust. Download ESRC Study (Word doc 640KB).
  • An assessment of the social impacts of gambling, and particularly casino gambling, in the context of the new legislation for the Scottish Executive. Download final Scottish Executive Report (PDF 756KB).
  • An analysis of the international risk factors and epidemiology of problem gambling for the Responsibility in Gambling Trust, carried out with the Gambling Research Unit at Auckland University of Technology. Download Auckland Report (PDF 2.73MB).
  • An investigation of the gambling behaviour of young people (aged 11-16 years) in primary and secondary education in Scotland, and of adolescents and adults in tertiary education, i.e. colleges and universities
  • Theoretical and historical examination of the development of gambling cultures, notions of addiction and responses to risk in modern Western societies.



  • Prof Gerda Reith (Sociology, University of Glasgow)
  • Dr Rachel Volberg (Gemini Research)
  • Dr Crawford Moodie (Glasgow Caledonian University)
  • Dr Martin Doris
  • Dr Sandra Marco Colino


Service Providers

Selected publications

Moodie, C. & Finnigan, F.  Student gambling, erroneous cognitions and awareness of treatment in Scotland (Under review)

Blaszczynski, A., Ladouceur, R. & Moodie, C. The Sydney and Laval Universities Gambling Screen (SLUGS): Preliminary data (Under review)

Reith, G (2007) ‘Gambling and the contradictions of consumption: a genealogy of the ‘pathological’ subject’ American Behavioral Scientist 50 (13) pp1-23

Reith, G (2007) ‘Situating Gambling Studies’ in G.Smith, D. Hodgins and R.Williams Research and Measurement Issues in Gambling Studies, New York: Elsevier, pp1-28

Reith, G (2007) ‘Living with Risk: Chance, Luck and the Creation of Meaning’ in J. Welchman The Aesthetics of Risk, Zurich: JRP Ringier.

Moodie, C (2007) 'An exploratory investigation into the erroneous cognitions of pathological and social fruit machine gamblers', Journal of Gambling Issues, 19. 

Reith, G (1999) The Age of Chance: Gambling in Western Culture; London, Routledge (Winner of the British Sociological Association Philip Abrams Memorial Prize 2000)
 - 2nd Edition, 2002
 - Korean translation, 2006 [Translated by Youngsun Kim]

Reith, G (2006) The Social Impacts of Gambling, Edinburgh: Scottish Executive, pp1-117

Reith, G (2006) ‘The pursuit of chance’ in J. Cosgrave (Ed) The Sociology of Risk and Gambling Reader, New York: Routledge, pp125-143

Reith, G (2006) ‘The experience of play’ in J. Cosgrave  (Ed) The Sociology of Risk and Gambling Reader, New York: Routledge, pp255-291

Moodie, C. & Finnigan, F. (2006).  Prevalence and correlates of youth gambling in Scotland, Addiction Research and Theory, 14, pp365-385.

Moodie, C. & Finnigan, F. (2006), Association of pathological gambling and depression in Scotland, Psychological Reports, 99, pp407-417.

Moodie, C. & Finnigan, F. (2005) 'A comparison of the autonomic arousal of frequent, infrequent and non-gamblers while playing fruit machines', Addiction, 100, pp51-58.

Reith, G (2004) 'Consumption and its discontents: addiction, identity and the problems of freedom', British Journal of Sociology 55 (2) pp283-300

Abbott, M; Volberg, R; Bellringer, M & Reith, G (2004) A Research Review of Aspects of Problem Gambling,  London: Responsibility in Gambling Trust, pp1-290

Reith, G (Ed). (2003) Gambling: Who Wins? Who Loses? New York, Prometheus Books.    

Reith, G. (2003). 'For fun or profit? The controversies of the expansion of commercial gambling', in Gambling: Who Wins? Who Loses? New York, Prometheus Books, pp1-9.  

Reith, G (2002) 'The national lottery and the individualisation of gambling in Britain' E-Gaming Pro, September, pp1-8

Reith, G (2002) 'Winning isn’t everything', Topic, Vol 2, pp34-38