Marina Barnard has worked as a qualitative researcher since finishing her Anthropology Degree at Durham University in 1986. She worked at Glasgow University from 1987 until 2011 were she held a research chair in substance use and the family. Marina has led numerous research projects associated with drug use and risk behaviour. She co-authored and single authored 3 books and also has extensively published in top rated, peer-reviewed academic journals. Marina’s own research experience has been diverse, from exploring the HIV risks associated with drug injecting behaviours to estimating hidden populations of drug users and male and female sex workers. Her main interests have always lain in the exploration of behaviour by means of qualitative interview and observational work. However, in the course of her career she has also developed and conducted quantitative research, as for example on the drug and alcohol taking behaviours of
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Scottish schoolchildren. Her qualitative research on the impacts of parental drug problems on their children and the family more generally was closely aligned to governmental policy developments at the time and was able to contribute important insights to that debate.
In 2011 she and Neil McKeganey set up an independent research company. Since that time their work at the Centre for Substance Use Research has very largely been focussed on the uptake of ENDS (electronic nicotine delivery systems) and exploring the role of these devices in assisting people to give up smoking cigarettes. Most recently the Centre for Substance Use Research has secured funding to develop extensive research on initiatives to reduce the prevalence of cigarette smoking in a range of developing countries. The research will be conducted in close partnership with local experts in Asia, Africa and Europe. Although this work will be largely quantitative in focus, Marina is involved in the development of the qualitative component investigating the potential barriers to smoking cessation and the uptake of ENDS to reduce the risks associated with combustible tobacco.