Neil Mckeganey
B.A. M.Sc. Ph.D. FRSA

Neil McKeganey is Co-Director of the Centre for Substance Use Research. He has worked in the substance use field for over twenty five years having set up the research centre in 1994 attached to the University of Glasgow where he held a personal chair in substance use research. Since 2011 the Centre has functioned as an entirely independent research group under the direction of Dr Marina Barnard and Neil. He is the author of 8 books and more than 300

academic papers. Along with his academic writing Neil has contributed widely to media discussion of substance use related issues. In 2012 Neil was awarded the Nils Bejerot prize for his contribution to international drug policy and in 2005 he was invited to the White House to discuss his research on teens and substance use. Neil’s research has been supported by a wide range of national and international organisations including: the UK Medical Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, the World Health Organisation, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the U.S. Department of Justice. In addition to securing research funding from public bodies Neil has also succeeded in attracting funding from both the tobacco industry and the e-cigarette industries to develop research in the area of tobacco harm reduction.


He has carried out research combining both quantitative and qualitative research methods on topics as diverse

pre-teen drug use, the effectiveness of drug treatment services, the link between drug use and male and female prostitution, the impact of drugs enforcement tactics and the development and impact of drugs policies at both a national and local level. Neil was instrumental in the U.K. developing a recovery focus in its national drug strategy. For the last three years Neil has been working in the area of tobacco harm reduction focused in particular on the possible role of electronic nicotine delivery systems to help smokers to quit smoking. 


Much of Neil’s current research is in Europe and North America though he is currently engaged in research exploring the possible role of tobacco harm reduction approaches in a range of developing countries.

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