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Dr. Alastair Roy

Reader in Social Research

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Harrington Building, HA104

+44 (0) 1772 89 5127

anroy@uclan.ac.uk

Alastair has a particular interest in the development of psychosocial and psychosocietal approaches to research. Exploring the links between social responsibility and the social imagination has been central to work undertaken across the fields of social welfare, health and the cultural sector. Recent work has centred on substance use and misuse, the relationship between the socially engaged arts and wellbeing, and the role of cultural activity in health, welfare and justice.

Full Profile

After a history in practice with vulnerable and marginalised young people Alastair joined the University of Central Lancashire in 2000. Since 2000 he has contributed to more than 40 research projects mostly as lead researcher or principal investigator. These projects have involved qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods based approaches in a wide range of settings including prisons, probation, drug treatment, arts organisations, community and independent organisations, mosques, schools and on the street.

He has undertaken commissioned work for the Arts Council, the Gulbenkian Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Home Office, the Prison Service, the Police, several Drug and Alcohol Action Teams, Local Authorities and a range of independent organisations. His experience spans small local projects for independent organisations through to large multi-site national projects for statutory bodies. Hence he has extensive experience of developing and managing relationships with commissioners, of managing research teams through challenging projects and of designing and delivering real world research projects which operate within tight timescales and budgets. He has presented my research findings at local, national and international forums.

Alastair has a particular interest in the development of psychosocial and psychosocietal approaches to research. Exploring the links between social responsibility and the social imagination has been central to work undertaken across the fields of social welfare, health and the cultural sector. Recent work has centred on substance use and misuse, the relationship between the socially engaged arts and wellbeing, and the role of cultural activity in health, welfare and justice.

Qualifications

BA(Hons) (First Class). Social Work and Community Studies, UCLan, 2000

CQYW, Manchester Polytechnic, 1993

Publications

Alastair Roy (2011) Thinking and Doing: ‘Race’ and Ethnicity in Drug Research and Policy Development in England, in Critical Policy Studies, 5(1): 17-31. Oxford: Taylor Francis.

Alastair Roy (2011) Race, Place, Religion and Drug Supply, in D, Korf, T. Decorte, and J. Fountain (eds) Messages, Methods and Markets: European Perspectives on Drugs. Lengerich: Pabst

Alastair Roy and Karen Newbigging (2011) Supporting the Independence and Well-being of Adults through a Universal Service: Diversity, Difference and Proportionate Universalism. Diversity in Health and Care, 8(2): 71-80. Milton Keynes: Radcliffe.

Alastair Roy (2009) New Methods – Old Problems: A Practical and Philosophical Analysis of Participatory Approaches to Qualitative Drugs Research, in Z. Demotrovics. J. Fountain and L. Kraus (eds) Old and New Policies, Theories, Research Methods and Drug Users Across Europe. Lengerich: Pabst.

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Teaching Activities

When he first came to UCLan, Alastair was principally involved in teaching and learning. He taught on a range of courses from access courses through to postgraduate level. In his first year as an academic member of staff he was asked to assume the course leadership for the MA Substance Misuse and also to take on the role of year tutor on the then Diploma in Social Work. He led the MA course for three years and worked closely with other course leaders on the restructure of the department’s master’s portfolio in 2004.

Since moving departments in 2004 Alastair has retained an interest and involvement in teaching and learning. Between 2004 and 2008 he taught research methods to community groups as a part of the Community Engagement Programme.

He was also a key member of a team who worked on annual evaluation and revision of the structure of the course and the teaching and learning materials. In 2008 he helped develop teaching materials for a new participatory research programme commissioned by the Metropolitan Police.

Between 2008 and 2010 he delivered four participatory research projects and has developed bespoke teaching materials in each case. One element of the KTP he has developed with Crime Reduction Interventions in East Lancashire involves a review of training for drug workers and other professionals in the partnership around the delivery of a recovery based treatment service. One avenue they are exploring is to develop an accredited training programme.

From 2005 to 2010 he was the Research Degrees Tutor for the Centre for Ethnicity and Health and then ISCRI. In this period he was a contributing member of the Faculty of Health’s Research Degrees Sub-Committee reviewing research student submissions for registration and transfer. This role put him in regular contact with research students, supervisors and research administrators and at a faculty and university level.

In 2009 he was appointed as the lead RDT for the Faculty of Health. In this role he worked closely with colleagues in Graduate Research Office around QAA and regulatory issues for research students and kept other RDTs informed about changes in regulations and other issues.

Research

Much of his empirical work has focused on drug treatment services, including funded work for the Home Office, the Prison Service, the Government Office for London, Unicef and several Drug and Alcohol Action Teams.

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