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Dr Michelle Addison

Assistant Professor


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Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology  

Biography

I joined the Department of Sociology at Durham University in 2021. I am interested in the criminalisation of poverty and how this is (re)produced through structures of power and mechanisms of stigma. My research is broadly concerned with a key long-term vision of social justice for those facing the greatest social and health disadvantages in society. I focus on the everyday experiences of people subjected to marginalisation and multiple complex axes of inequality - particularly around gender, class and ‘crime’. Some of the research studies I have been involved in have included working with people who use illicit drugs, detainees in police and prison custody, women in probation, street homeless, as well as policy makers and practitioners. I am on the board of UK alliance ‘Is it a Crime to be Poor?’ which brings together voices across academia and the general public, policy and practice to discuss key issues about the criminalisation of poverty.

I am PI of a Wellcome Trust study examining health and social inequalities amongst people who use drugs, with a particular focus on social justice for the most vulnerable individuals and communities in society. I am Co-I on an ESRC funded study (PI – Dr Gethin Rees; £569,494): ‘What is 'Equivalence' in Police Custody Healthcare?’, exploring how detainees are treated in the criminal justice system in comparison to a person at liberty.

As a first-generation student myself once at Durham University, I was inspired by discussions about (non)belonging, power and marginalisation. I have always been curious about ‘who gets to belong, and why?’ - later in my career I was awarded funding by the ESRC Festival of Social Science as well as a Teaching Excellence Grant to explore the impact of ‘imposterism’ amongst students in Higher Education. Feeling ‘out of place’ in certain spaces and around certain people because of ‘who you are and where you’re from’ emerged as a painful everyday experience for some people. The unfairness and inequity of this means I am passionate about inclusivity in education.

My publications are international and inter-disciplinary in focus. My monograph Social Games and Identity in the Higher Education Workplace: Playing with Gender, Class and Emotion (2016) was nominated for three awards. Dr Kelly Stockdale and I are co-editors of Marginalised Voices in Criminology (Routledge, 2023). I have published widely in international journals such as Addiction; Drugs, Education, Prevention and Policy (DEPP); Journal of Public Health; Alcohol and Alcoholism; British Medical Journal Online, Sociological Research Online, and my research has been used variously by organisations such as: Home Office, Public Health England, Northumbria Police, NHS, Changing Lives.

Research interests

  • •Criminalisation of Poverty
  • •‘Crimes’ of the powerless / powerful
  • •Marginalisation and Stigma
  • •Theory: Intersectionality, Zemiology, Bourdieu
  • •Lived experiences of people who use illicit drugs
  • •Social and Health inequalities

Publications

Authored book

  • Addison, M. (2016). Social games and identity in the higher education workplace: Playing with gender, class and emotion.
  • 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 Educational Diversity: the subject of difference and different subjects. Taylor, Y. Houndsmill, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan. 236-256.

Chapter in book

  • McGovern, W. Addison, M. & McGovern R (2022). Negotiating “self-stigma” and an “Addicted Identity” in Traditional 12 Step Self-Help Groups. In Drugs, Identity and Stigma. Addison, M. McGovern, W. & McGovern, R. Houndsmill, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Addison, M. & Stephens-Griffin, N. (2022). The Canary in the Coalmine: The impact of Imposter Syndrome on students’ learning experience at University. In Imposter Syndrome in Higher Education Handbook. Addison, M. Breeze, M. & Taylor, Y. Houndsmill, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Stockdale, K. Addison, M. & Ramm, G. (2022). ‘Navigating Custodial Environments: Novel Psychoactive Substance Users Experiences of Stigma’. In Drugs, Identity and Stigma. Addison, M. McGovern, W. & McGovern, R. Houndsmill, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Breeze, M. Taylor, Y. & Addison, M (2022). Imposter Agony Aunts: Ambivalent Feminist Advice. In Imposter Syndrome in Higher Education Handbook. Addison, M. Breeze, M. & Taylor, Y. Houndsmill, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Breeze, M., Addison, M. & Taylor, Y. (2022). Situating Imposter Syndrome In Higher Education. In Imposter Syndrome in Higher Education Handbook. Addison, M. Breeze, M. & Taylor, Y. Houndsmill, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Taylor, Y. & Addison, M. (2014). Placing Research: City Publics and the Public Sociologist. In The Entrepreneurial University. Public Engagements, Intersecting Impacts. Taylor, Y. Houndsmill, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan. 242 - 260.
  • Taylor, Y. & 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 Young People, Class and Place. Macdonald, R. Shildrick, T. & Blackman, S. London and New York: Routledge.
  • Addison, M. (2010). Unpaid Labour. In The Multimedia Encyclopaedia of Women in Today’s World. Strange, Z., Strange, M., Oyster, K. C. & Sloan, J. E. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Edited book

  • Stockdale, K. & Addison, M. (2023). Marginalised Voices in Criminology. London and New York: Routledge.
  • Addison, M. McGovern, W. & McGovern, R. (2022). Drugs, Identity and Stigma. Houndsmill, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Addison, M. Breeze, M. & Taylor, Y. (2022). Imposter Syndrome in Higher Education Handbook. Houndsmill, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Taylor, Y. & Addison, M. (2013). Queer Presences and Absences. Houndsmill, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal Article

  • McGovern, R., Newham, J.J., Addison, M.T., Hickman, M. & Kaner, E.F.S. (2021). Effectiveness of psychosocial interventions for reducing parental substance misuse. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2021(3).
  • Spencer, L, Addison, M, Alderson, H, McGovern, W McGovern, R, Kaner, E & O'Donnell, A (2021). 'The drugs did for me what I couldn’t do for myself’ A qualitative exploration of the relationship between mental health and amphetamine-type stimulant (ATS) use. Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment
  • Addison, M., Kaner, E., Spencer, L., McGovern, W., McGovern, R., Gilvarry, E. & O’Donnell, A. (2021). Exploring pathways into and out of amphetamine type stimulant use at critical turning points: a qualitative interview study. Health Sociology Review 30(2): 111-126.
  • McGovern, W., Addison, M. & McGovern, R. (2021). An exploration of the psycho-social benefits of providing sponsorship and supporting others in traditional 12 step, self-help groups. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18(5): 1-13.
  • McGovern, R., Gilvarry, E., Addison, M., Alderson, H., Geijer-Simpson, E., Lingam, R., Smart, D. & Kaner, E. (2020). The Association Between Adverse Child Health, Psychological, Educational and Social Outcomes, and Nondependent Parental Substance: A Rapid Evidence Assessment. Trauma, Violence, and Abuse 21(3): 470-483.
  • McGovern, R., Crowe, L., Addison, M., Hickman, M., Kidger, J., McColl, E., Newbury-Birch, D. & Kaner, E. (2020). Containment and care? A qualitative interview study exploring police custody staff views about delivering brief alcohol interventions to heavy drinking arrestees. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy 27(6): 436-444.
  • Martens, M.-S., Zurhold, H., Rosenkranz, M., O'donnell, A., Addison, M., Spencer, L., McGovern, W., Gabrhelík, R., Petruželka, B., Rowicka, M., Liebregts, N., Degkwitz, P., Kaner, E. & Verthein, U. (2020). Using life course charts to assess and compare trajectories of amphetamine type stimulant consumption in different user groups: A cross-sectional study. Harm Reduction Journal 17(1).
  • Rosenkranz, M., O'Donnell, A., Verthein, U., Zurhold, H., Addison, M., Liebregts, N., Rowicka, M., Barták, M., Petruželka, B., Kaner, E.F. & Martens, M.-S. (2019). Understanding pathways to stimulant use: a mixed-methods examination of the individual, social and cultural factors shaping illicit stimulant use across Europe (ATTUNE): study protocol. BMJ open 9(8): e029476.
  • O'Donnell, A., Addison, M., Spencer, L., Zurhold, H., Rosenkranz, M., McGovern, R., Gilvarry, E., Martens, M.-S., Verthein, U. & Kaner, E. (2019). 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. Addiction 114(1): 24-47.
  • Addison, M., Kaner, E., Johnstone, P., Hillier-Brown, F., Moffatt, S., Russell, S., Barr, B., Holland, P., Salway, S., Whitehead, M. & Bambra, C (2019). 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 41(4): 652–664
  • Cheetham, M., Moffatt, S., Addison, M. & Wiseman, A. (2019). Impact of Universal Credit in North East England: A qualitative study of claimants and support staff. BMJ Open 9(7).
  • Addison, M., Stockdale, K., McGovern, R., McGovern, W., McKinnon, I., Crowe, L., Hogan, L. & Kaner, E. (2018). Exploring the intersections between novel psychoactive substances (NPS) and other substance use in a police custody suite setting in the north east of England. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy 25(4): 313-319.
  • 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. (2018). Alcohol screening and brief intervention in police custody suites: Pilot Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial (AcCePT). Alcohol and Alcoholism 53(5): 548-559.
  • Mcgovern, R., Addison, M.T., Newham, J.J., Hickman, M. & Kaner, E.F. (2017). Effectiveness of psychosocial interventions for reducing parental substance misuse. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017(10).
  • 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. & Victoria, G.M. (2015). Talking the talk and fitting in: Troubling the practices of speaking ‘what you are worth’ in higher education in the UK. Sociological Research Online 20(2).
  • Addison, M. & Roy, S. (2011). Winning and short-listed entries from the 2009 feminist and women's studies association annual student essay competition. Journal of International Women's Studies 12(2): 1-2.
  • Taylor, Y. & Addison, M. (2011). Placing research: 'City publics' and the 'public sociologist'. Sociological Research Online 16(4).
  • Taylor, Y. & Addison, M. (2009). (Re)constituting the past, (re)branding the present and (re)imagining the future: women's spatial negotiation of gender and class. Journal of Youth Studies 12(5): 563-578.
  • Taylor, Y. & Addison, M. (2009). Introduction: Winning and short-listed entries from the 2007 feminist and women's studies association annual student essay competition. Journal of International Women's Studies 11(3): 1-3.

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