Who are we ?

The Substance Use and Addictive Behaviours (SUAB) research group is an exciting and creative group comprising MMU academics from a range of disciplines, as well as community partners and associates from policy and practice around the UK and internationally.

Its overall purpose is to develop and conduct research and related activities that ultimately result in a better service for people who experience problematic substance use. This is achieved through the production of high quality research and ensuring this is disseminated and applied to policy and practice.


The groups focus is on

  • Delivering high quality research which is responsive to the needs of individuals and is driven by policy and practice needs and community voices.
  • Building international, national and regional networks of colleagues researching and practising in the area of a range of legal and illegal substances. These include alcohol, prescription drugs, new psychoactive substances, performance enhancing substances, and addictive behaviours, for example, gambling or eating disorders.
  • Acting as a conduit for knowledge exchange between policy, practice and research.
  • Providing education, training and continuing professional development (CPD) in response to the needs of our regional, national and international partners from policy and practice.
  • Developing novel approaches to the lab and field detection of substances of abuse, illicit drugs and New Psychoactive Substances.
  • Understanding the chemical, pharmaceutical and biological properties of substances of abuse, illicit drugs and New Psychoactive Substances.
  • Developing technologies to identify the sources and restrict/control the trafficking of New Psychoactive Substances on a local, national and international level.


SUAB researchers secure major new study to explore end-of-life care for people with alcohol or other drug problems. In partnership with five charities, the study will chronicle the prevalence and frequency of substance problems in palliative and end-of-life care, as well as the experiences of individuals, family members and professionals living and working with these overlapping issues. More

Group members contribute a range of expertise and disciplinary backgrounds including:

  • Social Care
  • Nursing
  • Criminology
  • Community development and empowerment
  • Chemistry and forensic science
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Community voices and partners
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Applied Social Science
  • Economics
  • Public Health
  • Physiotherapy
  • Education
  • Statistics