Professor Gerda Reith
- Professor of Social Sciences (Sociology)
Research interests centre on problematic forms of consumption, particularly those considered risky or 'addictive', the ways they are experienced by different social groups and their impacts on public health. Research focuses in particular on:
- Gambling and problem gambling; its causes, consequences and cultural meanings
- Theories of risk, addiction and consumption
- Public health and policy regulation, particularly in relation to disadvantaged social groups
- The regulatory and historical forces involved in the formation of modern patterns of consumption
- ‘Situating Problem Gambling: the Social Context of Gambling Careers’. With the Scottish Centre for Social Research. £151,000
This longitudinal qualitative study explores the social context of gambling and problem gambling, focusing on the ways that behaviour changes over time among a range of demographic groups.
- ‘Tracking Vulnerability and Resilience: Gambling Careers in the Criminal Justice System’. With Professor Corinne May-Chahal, University of Lancaster. £360,000.
This three year project explores patterns of risk, vulnerability and resilience among offenders in prisons in England and Scotland. It will examine the relationship between crime and problem gambling, and the interaction of these with mental health problems, substance misuse and patterns of deprivation. The team will also collaborate with the International Resilience Project at Dalhousie University, Canada, to develop a new tool for measuring resilience.
- ‘Understanding Gambling: Impacts and Social Networks Across the Lifecourse’. With the Scottish Centre for Social Research. £168,000
This project continues the longitudinal exploration of gambling careers among a cohort of individuals, and expands to focus on the impacts of behaviour on wider social networks, particularly in terms of issues such as debt, employment and criminal activity.
- ‘Managing Money, Debt and Gambling’. With the National Centre for Social Research. £122, 081.
This project examines the relationship between ideas about money and financial management strategies among individuals who get into debt from their gambling.
- MRC Addictions Research Cluster. ‘Addictions in Youth and Young Adulthood: Causes, Trajectories and Risk Factors’. With Professor Andy Furlong, University of Glasgow. £10, 000
- ‘A Comparison of Japanese and U.K Gambling Policy and Regulatory Regimes’. £1000.
- ‘Economic and Social Impacts of New Casinos’. With PMP Research
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
- ‘A Qualitative Exploration of Pathways of Recovery from Problem Gambling’. With the Scottish Centre for Social Research
- ‘The Social Impacts of Gambling’.
- ‘A Research Review of Aspects of Problem Gambling’ With M. Abbott; M. Bellringer and R. Volberg; University of Auckland.
Responsibility in Gambling Trust
- Theories of risk, consumption and addiction
- Addictions and addictive behaviours
- Gambling and problem gambling
Current research students
Processes of recovery from problem gambling
Responsible Gambling Fund
- Sociology: Modernity, risk and consumption
- Sociology of Consumption; theoretical and historical issues
- Sociology of Consumption: substantive areas
- Chair: Research Panel. Responsible Gambling Strategy Board. 2009-
- Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Community Liaison Group (2005-)
- ESRC: Peer Review College. 2010-
- ESRC: Communications Expert Listing: Health and Wellbeing. 2010-
- Scottish Parliament, Cross Party Group on Debt 2009-
- Gambling Commission: Expert Panel on Machine Regulation (2009)
- Gambling Commission: Review of Research, Education and Treatment 2009
- British Medical Association: Expert academic advisor on the Report: Problem Gambling Treatment in the NHS. 2006
- International Gambling Studies
- Journal of Gambling Issues
- Journal of Youth Studies
- Journal of Risk Management
- University of Melbourne, Visiting Fellow, October-December 2004
- University of Melbourne, Visiting Fellow, May-August 2007