Prof. Jane Fountain

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Subject Areas: Ethnicity and health (substance use), Health and social care

Jane has been working in the illicit drug research field since 1988. She is a research consultant for several international organisations. Her work has been widely published in academic journals, she has edited several books and other publications and is frequently invited to speak at European conferences. She is a highly active member of several European networks concerned with health and social services for socially excluded populations and with qualitative research.

Full Profile


1981 Huddersfield Polytechnic, Certificate of Education (Further Education)
1987 Middlesex Polytechnic, First class BA (Hons) Social Science (Sociology)
1992 University of Surrey, PhD (The social and economic organisation of a cannabis dealing network)
2004 University of Central Lancashire, Postgraduate Certificate in Research Student Supervision


1974-78: Keighley Technical College, Lecturer in General Studies
1978-81: Bradford College, Course designer, course tutor, and lecturer on Youth Opportunities Programme
1981-82: Kilburn Polytechnic and North London College, Lecturer on Youth Opportunities Programme
1987-92: Various temporary, part-time, and voluntary work whilst an undergraduate and postgraduate student
1993-2001: National Addiction Centre, Maudsley Hospital / King's College London, Institute of Psychiatry, Health Service Researcher in the Addictions
2001-present: University of Central Lancashire
2001-2003: Principal Lecturer (Research)
2003-2005: Reader in Ethnicity and Health
2005-2010: Professor of Substance Use Research (includes a one-year, part-time secondment to the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse during 2007)
2010-present: Emeritus Professor, Independent research consultant


Honorary Lecturer, Division of Psychological Medicine, Addiction Research Unit, King’s College London, UK (2000-2002)


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Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

MPhil/PhD Supervision

  • Director of Studies: The experiences of African Caribbean patients in high security care. Centre for Ethnicity and Health, University of Central Lancashire. MPhil awarded (2009).
  • Director of Studies: Evaluating organisational change processes for implementing race equality post the Race Relations (Amendment) Act, 2000. Centre for Ethnicity and Health, University of Central Lancashire. PhD awarded (2008).

PhD Examiner

  • Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, University of London (2002)
  • School of Social Work and Psychosocial Studies, University of East Anglia (2003)
  • Department of Criminology, University of Hull (2003)
  • Graduate School, Thames Valley University (2007, re-examination 2008)
  • Training seminars in Central and Eastern European countries and Russia on qualitative research methodology on behalf of the Council of Europe, Co-operation Group to Combat Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Drugs (Pompidou Group), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), and in the Caribbean on behalf of UNODC.
  • Guest lectures at a variety of institutions (for example, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London; Trinity College, Dublin; University of Stirling; University of Hull; Imperial College; University of London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; National Centre for Social Research).
  • Member of the planning committee for a Council of Europe Pompidou Group / European Society for Social Drug Research Summer Schools 2008 and 2009 (intensive training courses in qualitative drugs research).



The major projects in which Jane has been involved (mostly as lead researcher and/or project manager) from 2001 to the present include:

  • The Black and Minority Ethnic Community Drugs Misuse Needs Assessment Project (Department of Health).
  • An analysis of drug use, consequences and correlates amongst Black and minority ethnic communities throughout the European Union (European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction).
  • A literature review of the drug use of, and service provision for, Black and minority ethnic communities in England (National Treatment Agency).
  • An investigation into the risk and protective factors for problematic drug use amongst young refugees and asylum seekers (Greater London Authority).
  • Several drug service reviews, needs assessments, and evaluations of interventions for Drug Action Teams and Health Authorities across England.
  • UK consultant, SEARCH II. Drug use amongst refugees and asylum seekers / Rapid Assessment and Response method (Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe, Germany).
  • Consultant to capacity building activities in the Caribbean, particularly the qualitative research components, including the production of a toolkit on conducting qualitative research (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime).
  • The delivery of prison drug services, with a focus on Black and minority ethnic prisoners (Prison Service Drug Strategy Unit / Home Office).
  • Mapping qualitative research and research on young people in the ten countries acceding to the European Union in 2003 (European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction).
  • Developing models of intervention for drug use amongst refugees and asylum seekers (Government Office for London).
  • The consequences of the identification with drug markets of specific Black and minority ethnic communities, and the development of appropriate responses (Government Office for London).
  • The nature and extent of illicit drug use amongst the Traveller community (National Advisory Committee on Drugs, Ireland).
  • Research and publications consultant on projects concerned with drug use amongst lesbian, gay and bisexual people in partnership with the Lesbian and Gay Foundation, Manchester (Big Lottery Research Fund).
  • Collation of 179 reports from The Department of Health’s Black and minority ethnic drug misuse needs assessment project 2000-2006 into a series of publications to inform drug service planning and provision (Department of Health, National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse).
  • Collation of 79 reports from Delivering Race Equality in Mental Health care: the National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE) Community Engagement Project, to inform mental health service planning and provision (Department of Health, National Mental Health Development Unit).
  • Consultant on research methods and ethical issues on a project evaluating a pilot on changes to the drug treatment system (Centre for Public Innovation).
  • Involvement in various expert workgroups and other activities for Correlation, the European network for social inclusion and health.

Scientific support and editing research reports, book chapters, academic papers and for a range of organisations including:

  • The Correlation network for social inclusion and health/Trimbos Institute, Netherlands (including editing the content of a website on peer involvement);
  • European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA);
  • The European Society for Social Drug Research (ESSD);
  • Centre for Public Innovation (CPI), UK;
  • Lesbian and Gay Foundation, Manchester.
  • Researcher and report author of a project on drug prevention services for minority ethnic populations in Europe (European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction).


Research experience

  • National and international research project management
  • Preparation of proposals and tenders
  • Design and administration of research instruments
  • Quantitative and qualitative interviewing
  • Data analysis
  • Conducting literature reviews
  • Budget management
  • Management and training of privileged access interviewers
  • Management and training of research staff, from research assistants to senior staff
  • Production and editing of academic journal papers, published reports, books, book chapters,
  • and final reports to funders
  • Scientific support, editing and peer reviewing reports, academic journal papers and book
  • chapters
  • National and international conference organisation and planning, presentations (including as an invited speaker), and session chairing.

International research experience

  • Research consultant for national and international organisations, including Council of Europe, Pompidou Group; European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA); United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC, formerly United Nations International Drug Control programme / UNDCP); DrugScope; Correlation (the European network for social inclusion and health); National Advisory Committee on Drugs (NACD), Ireland.
  • 1996-2003 (when funding ceased): animateur of a network of qualitative drugs researchers (QED) in the European Union (EU) for the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). Also established, developed and managed a website for QED.
  • Active participation in international networks
  • Establishing and liaising with international networks of researchers
  • Encouraging and developing collaborative research proposals
  • Managing teams of expert advisers representing their countries
  • Co-ordinating data collection from countries across Europe
  • Co-ordinating and participating in European-wide workgroups and seminars
  • Organising conferences, seminars, and meetings, including agenda planning
Jane was a member of the Faculty of Health Research Ethics Committee and the Faculty of Health Research Committee at the University of Central Lancashire from 2002 - 2008, Chair of the International School for Communities, Rights and Inclusion Ethnics Committee from 2007 - 2010, and a member of the University Ethics Committee from 2008 - 2010.

Jane was entered for the 2001 and 2008 Research Assessment Exercises (RAE) by the University of Central Lancashire.

In 2012, Jane was awarded an Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence as an Outstanding Reviewer.

External Activities

  • Associate – Community Innovations Enterprise LLP.
  • Member, European Society for Prevention Research.
  • Editorial Board member, Drugs and Alcohol Today. Book reviews editor 2010-2011.
  • Board member, European Society for Social Drug Research (ESSD) (2005-2011). Editorial board member, annual book from ESSD.
  • Correlation (European network on social inclusion and health): UCLan's International School for Communities, Rights and Inclusion representative (2006-2010) and currently an independent collaborating partner.
  • Member of the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA).
  • Assistant editor, Addiction (2000-2010).
  • Flipside (Lambeth Crime Prevention Trust): trustee (2003-2009), specialist adviser on substance use to the trustees (2010).
  • Chair, Women’s Music and Performance Workshops (WMPW) (1998-2011).
  • Member of the expert group to advise on UK Drug Policy Commission recommendations for evaluation of the Drug Strategy (2008).
  • Member of the International Programme Advisory Group, International Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm (2008).
  • Member of the National Collaborating Centre for Drug Prevention (NCCDP), Health Development Agency / John Moores University, Liverpool (2004).
  • Member of the Planning Committee, 2005 National Drug Treatment Conference, UK (2004-2005)
  • Member of advisory panel, EDDRA (Exchange on Drug Demand Reduction Action), UK (2002-2004)
  • Member of the advisory group, Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (DEPIS), Department of Health / DrugScope (2002-2004).
  • Member of the Advisory Board of Zentrum fur Drogenforschung (Centre for Drug Research /CDR) at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt (2000-2003).
  • Trustee, Community Drug Project (London) (1999-2002).
  • Member of the Programme Committee, International Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm (2002 and 2003).
  • Member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Drug Policy (1999-2004).