Dr. Katie LOWE
I currently hold the position of Postdoctoral Fellow within the Department of Sociology at the University of Hong Kong. My research is in drug use and supply, risk (edgework), gender and harm reduction. My PhD thesis focused on the hidden use of cocaine amongst privileged expatriates in Hong Kong.
My postdoctoral research builds on understandings of drug use by hidden populations of users and suppliers, through which I explore recreational drug use and supply at large scale dance events in Hong Kong. The research partners with a local NGO to assess the feasibility and possible implementation of harm reduction strategies at these events. Applied more broadly, the research will demonstrate how harm reduction strategies may operate in drug policy environments which are largely prohibitionist.
I have presented my research at local and international conferences. I have also taught both ‘Crime and Media’ and ‘Introduction to Criminology’ undergraduate courses. Previous to my PhD, I qualified as a barrister in the UK. I spent a decade working in legal recruitment, where I published articles in legal journals, and conducted research on behalf of international law firms.