Sites of resistance: an online ethnography of harm reduction work in community drug treatment services

Oct. 2016 – December 2023, funded by Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) and Middlesex University (MDX)

Aim: This interdisciplinary project aims to examine how harm reduction workers negotiate and manage the tension between achieving harm reduction goals that condone illegal drug use, whilst operating in a contrasting policy context that envisions ‘a drug free world’.

Methods: This PhD project employs online ethnographic methods to examine the lived experiences of harm reduction activists. Data takes the form of conversational interviews and further communication exchanges through Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and emails.

Research team: Adele Philips (PI, doctoral thesis); Supervisory panel: Professor Shane Blackman (CCCU): First supervisor, Dr Ian Marsh (CCCU): Chair


Contact: Adele Phillips,