London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Centre for History in Public Health

Research Fellow.

We are seeking an historian with postgraduate qualifications , preferably with experience in the areas of substance use, health or social policy ,to conduct a study of the role of the voluntary sector and of user groups in drug policy from the 1970s to the present.

The ESRC have funded a three year project under the direction of Professor Virginia Berridge to examine the impact of drug user groups in drug policy since the 1970s. The voluntary sector has played a key role in drug policy in the UK and the last thirty years have also seen the emergence of the idea of the patient as consumer. Since the 1990s drug user groups have emerged and begun to receive official recognition and support.

The project aims to analyse the emergence of user groups as a part of the UK ‘policy community’ for drugs in the 1990s. It will set their emergence in the context of the UK drug voluntary sector since the 1970s. It will assess these developments in the light of the rise of consumerism in health; the role of new social movements and of health activism as well as developments in policy making on illicit drugs. It will contribute to the understanding of issues involved in current and future user involvement in drug policy making.

The post holder will be a member of the new Centre for History in Public Health and based in the Public and Environmental Health Research Unit of the Department of Public Health and Policy. The Centre’s website is

Salary will be on the Research Assistant/ Research Fellow 1A scale (£21,704 – £29,985 p a) including London weighting, as at 2 Dec 2003. The post will be subject to the LSHTM terms and conditions of service, including membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme.

The post is for three years, starting in June 2003 or as soon as possible thereafter. The post holder will be subject to an initial three month probation period.

A job description and further particulars can be obtained from the Personnel Office at LSHTM, Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT. Applications should consist of a curriculum vitae and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three referees who may be approached immediately. Applications should be sent to the Personnel Officer, LSHTM. Potential applicants are encouraged to telephone Professor Berridge on 7927-2269/2434 or to e mail [email protected] .

Closing date for receipt of applications: 27 February 2004 Interviews will be held on 5 March in the afternoon.