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Dr Michelle Addison

Lecturer

Department: Social Sciences

Michelle started as a Lecturer in Criminology at Northumbria University in 2019. Her research is broadly concerned with a key long-term vision of social justice for those facing the greatest social and health disadvantages in society. Michelle is interested in exploring social harms and health inequalities arising out of, and linked to, social and gender inequality, crime and ‘risky’ behaviours like illicit substance use. Conceptually she is interested in stigma, identity formation and class in relation to offenders and victims, as well as structure/agency. She is currently grant holder of an award from The Wellcome Trust exploring health inequalities amongst illicit substance users. Michelle has worked extensively with illicit substance users, women offenders, and practitioners in exploring experiences of inequality, gender, crime and impacts on health.

Before joining Northumbria University Michelle was lead researcher of ATTUNE (‘Understanding Pathways to Stimulant Use: a mixed-methods examination of the individual, social and cultural factors shaping illicit stimulant use’), working alongside Dr Amy O' Donnell (PI), Prof Eileen Kaner (PI) at the Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University. This study examined pathways to stimulant use in Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, Poland and the Czech Republic, and was funded by the Department of Health and Social Care (DoHSC) and ERANID. Findings have been presented widely across Europe, including at the Lisbon Addictions Conference (2017) and The Society for the Study of Addiction (2017) where the UK team were invited to provide a symposium of events. Publications have featured in Addiction and The Lancet, and policy briefings are ongoing.

Michelle was also co-Principal Investigator of the N8 Policing Research Partnership funded qualitative study: 'Exploring Novel Psychoactive Substance (NPS) use and its consequences for police practitioners and substance users in the North East of England'. This study has been published in a special issue of Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, and has been consulted by the Home Office and included as evidence in the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs: Call for Evidence - Custody-Community Transitions, ACMD 2018.

Michelle has published widely including books, book chapters, and in journals such as Addiction; Drugs, Education, Prevention and Policy (DEPP); Journal of Public Health; Alcohol and Alcoholism; British Medical Journal Online, Sociological Research Online.

Michelle teaches on a number of undergraduate modules in the department and the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA). She supervises 5 Masters students and welcomes contact from anyone interested in pursuing a masters or PhD in a related area to her research interests. 

 

Qualifications

Social Sciences (BA Hons) Durham University

Sociology and Social Research (MA Hons) Newcastle University, 1st Class

PhD Sociology, Newcastle University

 

Research themes and Scholarly Interests

Michelle’s research broadly relates to social and health inequalities. She is interested in the everyday experience of inequalities that link to substance using practices, as well as challenging rhetoric around individualised ‘bad choices’ exemplified through ‘risky’ and ‘criminal’ behaviours. Her Wellcome Trust grant focuses on developing a theoretical model which accounts for the relationality of illicit substance use. Michelle would be very interested in developing research connected to stigma, gender, inequalities, substance users, and crime.  

Before joining Northumbria University, Michelle was lead researcher of ACCEPT – ‘A pilot feasibility randomized control trial of alcohol screening and brief intervention in the police custody setting’. This study was funded by the School for Public Health NIHR and examined 6 police custody sites across two locations. It also involved follow up in HM prisons across the north east. Michelle is part of a team exploring the Impact of Universal Credit (UC) on Wellbeing and Health in the north east alongside Dr Suzanne Moffatt (PI – Newcastle University) and Dr Mandy Cheetham (fuse, Teesside University). This study looks at social exclusion, access to welfare, and mental and physical wellbeing. It has received media coverage in The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/nov/15/exclusive-new-study-links-universal-credit-to-increased-suicide-risk and has been presented to parliament in The House of Lords (Jan 2019) and the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, 2018.

 

Successful Funding

Addison, M.; Taylor, Y.; and Breeze, M. (2019) ESRC Festival of Ideas Network Event, Economic and Social Research Council

Addison, M. (2019) ‘A pilot study exploring health inequalities amongst illicit substance users’, The Wellcome Trust, £48,478.00

Stockdale, K., Kaner, E., Addison, M. (2018-2019) Exploring Novel Psychoactive Substance (NPS) use and its consequences within a prison setting, York St John University, £1996

Bambra C, Kaner E, Whitehead M, Salway S, Addison M, Moffatt S, Carr S, Powell K, Barr B, Holland P, Taylor-Robinson D, Popay J, Hatton C, Orton L, Collins M, Johnson P. (2017) Equal North 2: Taking forward the Due North research agenda. £91,793

McGovern, R (PI); Kaner, E.; Gilvarry, E.; Lingham, R.; Addison, M.; Geijer-Simpson; Alderson, H,; Minos, D. (2016) 'Addressing the impact of parental substance misuse on children', Public Health England, £59,903.37

Kaner E and Addison M. (co-PIs); Hogan, L.; McGovern R.; Crowe L.; McGovern, W.; McKinnon I. (2016) Exploring Novel Psychoactive Substance (NPS) use and its consequences for police practitioners and substance users in the North East of England. £24,674

Addison, M. (2009-2014) Knowing how to ‘play the game’ at work: A study of class, gender and emotion work in Higher Education, PhD, ESRC £72,875

 

Esteem Factors

Peer Reviewer: Research for Patient Benefit Social Care Competition, National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), 2019

Commissioning Panel member for the Policy Research Programme (PRP), Department of Health, 2018 - 2019

 

Publications

 Books 

  • Addison, M. (2016) Social Games and Identity in the Higher Education Workplace: Playing with Gender, Class and Emotion, Houndsmill, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan

Nominated for 3 book prizes: ‘Feminist and Women’s Studies Association book prize 2017’; ‘The Thinking Allowed Award for Ethnography 2017’ at the BBC; and the ‘Society for Educational Studies Book Prize 2017’. Time Higher Education list of Books of the Year 2017

  • Taylor, Y. and Addison, M. (eds.) (2013) ‘Queer Presences and Absences’ Houndsmill, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Addison, M., Breeze, M. and Taylor, Y. (eds.)(2020) ‘Imposter Syndrome in Higher Education Handbook’, Houndsmill, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan

 

 Journals

  • Rosenkranz, M.; O'Donnell, A.; Verthein, U.; Zurhold, H.; Addison, M. et, al. (2019 eprint ahead of publication) Understanding Pathways to Stimulant Use: A Mixed methods examination of the individual, social, cultural factors shaping illicit stimulant use across Europe, British Medical Journal Open
  • Cheetham, M.; Moffatt, S.; Addison, M.; Wiseman, A.; (2019 eprint ahead of publication) The impact of Universal Credit in North East England: A qualitative study of claimants and support staff, British Medical Journal Open 
  • O'Donnell, A.; Addison, M.; Spencer, L.; Zurhold, H.; Rosenkranz, M.; McGovern, R.; Gilvarry, E.; Martens, M; Verthein, U.; Kaner, E. (2018) Which individual, social and environmental influences shape different pathways of amphetamine type stimulant use over the life course? A systematic review and thematic synthesis of the qualitative literature, Addiction, 114(1), pp: 24-47
  • Addison, M.; Kaner, E.; Johnstone, P.; Hillier-Brown, F.; Moffatt, S.; Russell, S. Barr, B.; Holland, P.; Salway, S.; Whitehead, M.; and Bambra, C.(2018) Equal North: How can we reduce health inequalities in the North of England? A prioritisation exercise with researchers, policymakers and practitioners, Journal of Public Health, fdy170
  • Addison, M.; Brown H; Brennan, A.; Coulton, S.; Crowe L.; Gilvarry E.; Hickman H.; McColl E.; McGovern R.; Muirhead C.; Newbury-Birch, D.; Kaner E. (2018) ACCEPT: A pilot feasibility trial of alcohol screening and brief intervention in the police custody suite setting, Alcohol and Alcoholism, 1;53(5):548-559.
  • McGovern R, Gilvarry E, Addison M, Alderson H, Carr L, Geijer-Simpson E, Hrisos N, Lingam R, Minos D, Smart D, and Kaner, E (2018) The association between adverse child health, psychological, educational and social outcomes, and nondependent parental substance: A rapid evidence assessment, Trauma, violence and abuse, 1-14
  • Addison, M.; Stockdale, K.; McGovern, R.; McGovern, W.; McKinnon, I.Crowe, L.; Hogan, L.; and Kaner, E. (2017) Exploring the intersections between Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) and other substance use in a police custody suite setting in the North East of England, Special issue of Drugs, Education, Prevention and Policy, ISSN: 0968-7637 p: 313-319
  • McGovern R, Addison M, Newham JJ, Hickman M, Kaner EFS (2017) Effectiveness of psychosocial interventions for reducing parental substance misuse (Protocol) Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017, Issue 10. Art. No.: CD012823, DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012823.
  • Addison, M. (2017) ‘Overcoming Arlie Hochschild’s concepts of the ‘real’ and ‘false’ self by drawing on Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of habitus’ Emotion, Space and Society, 23, 9-15
  • Addison, M. and Mountford, V. (2015) ‘Talking the talk and fitting in: Troubling the practices of speaking what you are worth in Higher Education in the UK’ in Sociological Research Online 20(2), 4.
  • Taylor, Y. and Addison, M. (2011) Placing Research: 'City Publics' and the 'Public Sociologist' Sociological Research online. 16(4)
  • Taylor, Y. and Addison, M. (2009) ‘(Re)constituting the past, (re)branding the present and (re)imagining the future: women’s spatial negotiation of gender and class’ in Journal of Youth Studies 12(5), pp. 563-78
  • Addison, M. And Roy, S. (eds.) (2011) ‘Introduction Special Issue FWSA Essay Competition 2011’, Special Issue: Journal of International Women’s Studies, 12(2)
  • Taylor, Y. and Addison, M. (eds.) (2009) ‘Introduction Special Issue FWSA Essay Competition 2009’, Special Issue: Journal of International Women’s Studies 11(3)

Published abstracts

  • O’Donnell, A. Addison, M. Spencer L. Zurhold, H. Rosenkranz, M. McGovern, R. Gilvarry, E. Martens, S, M. Verthein, U. Kaner, E. (2017) A systematic review of qualitative research on the factors shaping amphetamine type stimulant use over the life course, (published abstract) The Lancet, Volume 390, Special Issue, S64 [http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)32999-9/fulltext]
  • Crowe, L.; Addison, M.; Vaittinen, A. (2016), ‘Lay views of termination of pregnancy for non-lethal fetal anomaly: Acceptable termination through stigmatising the mother.’ (Published abstract)In: British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society (BMFMS) 18th Annual Conference 2016. Birmingham, UK: Special Issue: 123( S1): 1-119
  • Addison, M. (2015) Doing Emotion Work and Presentational Self-Control at Work: What Impact is this having on Employees? (Published Abstract) BSA Annual Conference 2015, Societies in Transition: Progression or Regression? ISBN 10: 0904569446

Book chapters

  • Taylor Y. and Addison M. (2014) 'Placing Research: City Publics and the Public Sociologist' in Taylor, Y. (ed.) 'The Entrepreneurial University. Public Engagements, Intersecting Impacts', Houndsmill, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 242-260
  • Addison, M. (2012) ‘‘Knowing your way within and across classed spaces: The (re)making and (un)doing of identities of value within Higher Education in the UK’ in Y. Taylor (ed.) Educational Diversity: the subject of difference and different subjects,  Houndsmill, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Taylor, Y. and Addison, M. (2010) (Re)constituting the past, (re)branding the present and (re)imagining the future: women’s spatial negotiation of gender and class in R. Macdonald, T. Shildrick and S. Blackman (eds.) Young People, Class and Place. London and New York: Routledge
  • Addison, M. (2011) ‘Unpaid Labor’ in Strange, Z.; Strange, M.; Oyster, K. C. and Sloan, J. E. (eds.) in The Multimedia Encyclopaedia of Women in Today’s World. Thousand Oaks: Sage

 Selected Reports

  • Stockdale, K. and Addison, M. (2019) Exploring Novel Psychoactive Substance (NPS) use and its consequences within a prison setting, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service.
  • Cheetham, M., Moffatt, S. and Addison, M. (2018) ‘”It’s hitting people that can least afford it the hardest”, The impact of the roll out of Universal Credit in two North East England localities: A qualitative study, Gateshead City Council
  • Universal Credit study media coverage - The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/nov/15/exclusive-new-study-links-universal-credit-to-increased-suicide-risk; The Huffington Post: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/un-report-poverty-britain_uk_5beee00ae4b0c19de3ff3855?guccounter=1; The Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/universal-credit-benefits-suicide-stress-mental-health-welfare-conservatives-report-a8636661.html
  • O'Donnell, A.; Addison, M.; Spencer, L.; Zurhold, H.; Rosenkranz, M.; McGovern, R.; Gilvarry, E.; Martens, M; Verthein, U.; Kaner, E. Which individual, social and environmental influences shape different pathways of amphetamine type stimulant use over the life course? Qualitative Research Findings, Department of Health and Social Caare, Dec 2017
  • McGovern, R., Gilvarry, E., Addison, M., Alderson, H., Carr, L., Geijer-Simpson, E., Hrisos, N. Lingam, R., Minos, D. Smart, D. & Kaner, E. Addressing the impact of non-dependent parental substance misuse upon children: A rapid review of the evidence of prevalence, impact and effective interventions on behalf of Public Health England, 2017
  • Addison M, Stockdale K, McGovern R, McGovern W, McKinnon I, Crowe L, Hogan L, Kaner E. Exploring Novel Psychoactive Substance (NPS) use and its consequences for police practitioners and substance users in the North East of England. N8 Policing Research Partnership, 2017
  • McGovern, R., Gilvarry, E., Addison, M., Alderson, H., Carr, L., Geijer-Simpson, E., Hrisos, N. Lingam, R., Minos, D. Smart, D. & Kaner, E. Addressing the impact of non-dependent parental substance misuse upon children. Public Health England, 2017
  • Addison, M. Angus, C. Becker, F. Brown, H. Brennan, A. Coulton, S. Crowe, L. Gilvarry, E. Hickman, M. Howel, D. Kidger, J. McColl, E. McGovern, R. Muirhead, C. Newbury-Birch, D. Wacqas, M. Kaner, E. ACCEPT: A pilot feasibility trial of alcohol screening and brief intervention in the police custody suite setting, School for Public Health Research Final Report, 2016
  • Addison, M. McGovern, R. O’Donnell, A. Gilvarry, E. Stockdale, K. McGovern, W. and Kaner, E. Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs: Call for Evidence - Custody-Community Transitions, ACMD, 2018

 Policy Briefings

  • Addison, M. et, al. (Feb 2019) Understanding Pathways to Stimulant Use: User and non-user perspectives on which individual, social and environmental factors shape amphetamine type stimulant use over time, Department of Health and Social Care

Blogs

Policing Mental Health is at Crisis Point: Fourth Annual Policing Innovation Forum [website: https://n8prp.org.uk/policing-mental-health-is-at-crisis-point-n8-prp-hosts-fourth-annual-policing-innovation-forum/]

Please mind the health gap: turning complex equations into a call for action [website: http://fuseopenscienceblog.blogspot.com/]

Novel Psychoactive Substances: “Cheap drug, better buzz for your money” [http://fuseopenscienceblog.blogspot.com/2016/11/novel-psychoactive-substances-cheap.html]

Podcasts

Northern Power Women Podcast (18th Oct 2018) 'Health Inequalities' sponsored by Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) in Newcastle University Business School 

Michelle Addison

Qualifications

Sociology PhD July 01 2014

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Impact of Universal Credit in North East England, Cheetham, M., Moffatt, S., Addison, M., Wiseman, A. 4 Jul 2019, In: BMJ Open
  • Understanding Pathways to Stimulant Use, Rosenkranz, M., O'Donnell, A., Verthein, U., Zurhold, H., Addison, M., Liebregts, N., Rowicka, M., Barták, M., Petruželka, B., Kaner, E., Martens, M. 10 Aug 2019, In: BMJ Open
  • Which individual, social and environmental influences shape key phases in the amphetamine type stimulant use trajectory? A systematic narrative review and thematic synthesis of the qualitative literature, O'Donnell, A., Addison, M., Spencer, L., Zurhold, H., Rosenkranz, M., McGovern, R., Gilvarry, E., Martens, M., Verthein, U., Kaner, E. Jan 2019, In: Addiction
  • Alcohol screening and brief intervention in police custody suites, Addison, M., Mcgovern, R., Angus, C., Becker, F., Brennan, A., Brown, H., Coulton, S., Crowe, L., Gilvarry, E., Hickman, M., Howel, D., Mccoll, E., Muirhead, C., Newbury-Birch, D., Waqas, M., Kaner, E. Sep 2018, In: Alcohol and Alcoholism
  • Equal North, Addison, M., Kaner, E., Johnstone, P., Hillier-Brown, F., Moffatt, S., Russell, S., Barr, B., Holland, P., Salway, S., Whitehead, M., Bambra, C. 20 Oct 2018, In: Journal of Public Health
  • Exploring the intersections between novel psychoactive substances (NPS) and other substance use in a police custody suite setting in the north east of England, Addison, M., Stockdale, K., Mcgovern, R., Mcgovern, W., Mckinnon, I., Crowe, L., Hogan, L., Kaner, E. 4 Jul 2018, In: Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy
  • The Association Between Adverse Child Health, Psychological, Educational and Social Outcomes, and Nondependent Parental Substance, McGovern, R., Gilvarry, E., Addison, M., Alderson, H., Geijer-Simpson, E., Lingam, R., Smart, D., Kaner, E. 8 May 2018, In: Trauma, Violence, and Abuse
  • Effectiveness of psychosocial interventions for reducing parental substance misuse, Mcgovern, R., Addison, M., Newham, J., Hickman, M., Kaner, E. 10 Oct 2017, In: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
  • Factors shaping different trajectories of amphetamine-typestimulant use, A., O., M., A., L., S., H., Z., M., R., R., M., E., G., M.-S., M., U., V., E., K. Nov 2017, In: The Lancet


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