Areas of Interest: Service use,Licensing,Policy evaluation,young people,Youth studies,Demographic,Life skills,social harms,Socioeconomic

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Description: Ian has led a number of alcohol-related research studies including a large scale study for NHS Health Scotland and the Scottish Government to assess the availability of and need for specialist alcohol treatment services which was part of the MESAS programme to monitor and evaluate the Scottish Alcohol Strategy. The study gathered detailed data on service provision, need, demand and use, and included an estimate of Prevalence : Service Utilisation Ratio (PSUR). Ian also led detailed qualitative research in Lanarkshire to examine why adults with alcohol (and drug) problems did not access support services or mutual aid groups. Ian has also led a number of evaluations such as a programme to support families affected by substance misuse in Angus, a youth diversion/alcohol awareness programme in Lanarkshire and community rehabilitation services in Glasgow. He also has an interest in alcohol licensing issues and he led a feasibility study to examine ways to strengthen community involvement in the alcohol licensing system (in collaboration with Alcohol Focus Scotland), and consultation in Argyll & Bute to inform the Licensing Board's overprovision policy. Ian has a University Certificate with Distinction in Drug & Alcohol Studies.