UK Co-Investigators

Professor Jane Callaghan

Jane is Director of the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection, University of Stirling. She is a psychologist and interdisciplinary researcher, with an established record of research in areas related to childhood, violence, family life, relationships, discrimination and exclusion, and mental health and identity. At the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection, she leads numerous projects, including the project Make A Change, evaluating the implementation of a programme to provide earlier intervention for people who use violence in their intimate relationships. Jane is also principal investigator on the NSPCC funded project ‘The experiences of victims in the criminal justice system: a qualitative research project’, which explores the experiences of children giving evidence as victims in criminal justice proceedings. She has been principal investigator on the four nation European Commission funded project ‘Understanding Agency and Resistance Strategies – Children’s Experiences of Domestic Violence’, the largest qualitative study of children who live with domestic violence conducted to date. In addition, she has completed projects focused on mental health services for looked after children and young offenders, the transformation of mental health services to increase young people’s participation in the interventions offered to them, creative interventions with young people excluded from education, and young care leavers’ engagement with higher education. Jane has published in a range of international journals, as well as numerous peer reviewed book chapters, and two books. She is editor of the Journal of Gender studies, and an editorial board member for the Journal of Family Violence.

Dr Hannah Carver
Hannah Carver

Hannah is a Lecturer in Substance Use in the Faculty of Social Sciences, and Deputy Director of the Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research at the University of Stirling. She is a social scientist whose research focuses on drug and alcohol use, homelessness, children, young people and families. She is also interested in peer-delivered approaches and co-production methods.

Dr Amy Chandler
Amy Chandler

Amy is a Sociologist, and Lecturer in the School of Health in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh. She uses qualitative methods (interviews, focus groups and increasingly arts-based approaches) to study drug use, suicide and self-harm. 

Dr Emily Finch
Emily Finch

Emily is Clininal Director (Southwark, Central Acute & Addictions Operational Directorate) and Clinical Director (Addictions Clinical Academic Group) at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust; she is also a Visiting Senior Lecturer at King’s College London. As the Addictions Clinical Academic Group (CAG) Clinical Director, she has responsibility for Addiction services across Lambeth, Bexley, Greenwich and Wandsworth. She is currently clinical lead for the Alcohol Assertive Outreach Team, and is also responsible for quality for adult psychiatry service in Southwark and is a member of the Trust Quality Centre. She is currently on the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) and joint chair of the Recovery Committee.  Emily is the vice-chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Addictions Executive. She is a co-chair of the London Joint Working Group on Hepatitis C. In 2012 Emily chaired a joint RCGP RCPsych working group to develop a document defining competencies for doctors working in Addictions and has recently chaired the NICE quality standard drug use disorders topic expert group. From 2004 to 2007 Emily was the Clinical Team Leader at the National Treatment Agency (NTA) where she took a lead in the clinical aspects of national drug policy and in liaising between the NTA and the professionals working in the field. Emily teaches and lectures on all aspects of addiction and supervises PhD students.  She is an educational and clinical supervisor for psychiatric trainees. She is head of education and training for the Clinical Academic Group. Her research interests include the outcome of treatment for opiate users, hepatitis C and injectable prescribing. Emily is a Trustee of alcohol research UK and Gamcare.

Dr Alison Munro
Alison Munro

Alison is a senior researcher and lecturer at the School of Health Sciences at the University of Dundee and co-leads a Drugs (Mis)use Research group there.  She is currently a Steering Group member and Academic Lead for Health, Wellbeing, Treatment and Recovery in Drugs Research Network Scotland.  Alison is a social scientist with extensive research experience in the field of substance use – in particular around injecting drug use, blood borne viruses, and developing and testing treatment interventions for staff and for people who inject drugs.  Alison also has research interests in co-production models of service design and delivery, implementing evidence in practice, and in issues relating to gender, social influences, policy and intersectionality.  Her recent research has included co-investigation on an NIHR funded study that examined the feasibility of delivering a tailored intervention to reduce the harms associated with injecting to people who inject drugs (PWID) and as Principal Investigator on a grant from the Chief Scientist Office to conduct an in-depth study of Novel Psychoactive Substance Injecting in Scotland.   

Dr Emma Wincup
Emma Wincup

Emma Wincup is Research Manager (Qualitative) at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), a social change organisation working to solve poverty ( She is working on the Relations Study as an independent researcher. Prior to joining JRF in September 2019, Emma was Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Leeds (2005-2019), Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Kent (2000-2004) and Lecturer in Criminology at Cardiff University (1997-2000). Her wide-ranging research interests included drug policy-making, drug use among vulnerable groups and the resettlement of prisoners. She recently served as a member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs Recovery Committee to support their work on homelessness. Emma is currently a trustee of Progress to Change (, a Leeds-based charity which runs two approved premises on behalf of the National Probation Service.