The Alcohol Research GrapevineĀ is a new information hub for everyone with an interest in alcohol-related research. It updates users on new research findings, as well as allowing them to see what is going on ‘below the radar’ in terms of new and ongoing projects. It provides a quick and easy way to see what research is taking place, which topics need more research, and where opportunities for collaboration exist.

New and ongoing projects in the alcohol research field
Users can sign up for alerts on topics of interest, browse the site to see what projects are underway, or post details of current research to their profile.

Research profiles
By setting up individual profiles, users can publicise their outputs and publications, identify their specialist research interests and highlight opportunities for future collaboration.

Datasets and research material
The dataset directory will allow researchers to advertise data they hold that is available for further secondary analysis. This will help maximize the findings from existing datasets, and create more collaborative opportunities.

The Alcohol Research Grapevine is open to all, and users are encouraged to upload research updates regularly. By providing a sharing space for alcohol researchers in all disciplines, it aims to foster new thinking, new research and new developments in this important and expanding field.


Applications are invited for Research Fellow (Social Sciences) positions to work on the Wellcome Trust funded Transformative Research on the Alcohol industry, Policy and Science (TRAPS) research programme, led by Professor Jim McCambridge, based at University of York, Heslington Campus. The programme aims to develop our understanding of how alcohol industry actors influence science, the science/policy interface, and policy making, and to examine the implications for public policies. The purpose of these posts are to contribute to the conduct and management of specific studies within the programme, and to identify and develop opportunities for further research.

Working with colleagues, the main duties of the roles are to conduct research studies, including scoping work, literature review, research design, collection, analysis and interpretation of research data; and tasks associated with the management of studies. You will contribute to publications, including as lead author, and otherwise disseminate research findings. The posts provide good opportunities to develop understanding of a series of inter-related issues that do not have well established disciplinary or inter-disciplinary traditions of study.

Key requirements

You will hold a PhD in a relevant social sciences subject. You should have well developed research skills in designing and undertaking qualitative studies that address well formulated research questions, grounding studies in the existing research literature. You should have experience of successful publication of research papers in academic journals or other peer reviewed outlets and good IT skills.

The posts are now available. Informal queries about the positions are encouraged; please contact Prof Jim McCambridge: jim.mccambridge@york.ac.uk or Dr. Ben Hawkins; ben.hawkins@york.ac.uk.

Interview Date: To be confirmed

For further information and to apply on-line, please head here.