I am Professor of International Relations and Public Policy and founding Director of the Global Drug Policy Observatory (2013). Since appointment as a lecturer at Swansea University in 2000 I have been visiting faculty at universities in the USA, Australia, Hungary, India, and - as you are aware - Hong Kong, and mainland China. While engaging with a wide-range of drug policy issues, my interdisciplinary research focuses predominantly on the United Nations and international drug control policy. In addition to numerous book chapters and journal articles, I have written two major research monographs, The United States and International Drug Control, 1909-1997 (Continuum, 2001) and International Drug Control: Consensus Fractured (Cambridge University Press, 2012), and am co-editor of the Research Handbook on International Drug Control Policy (Edward Elgar 2020).

I was the founding Secretary of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (2006-7) and am currently on the Editorial Board of The International Journal of Drug Policy. I’m also a member of the International Advisory Committee of the International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy, (University of Essex), a member of the International Advisory Board of the David F. Musto Center for Drug Policy Studies (Shanghai University), and a technical advisor to the Centre on Drug Policy Evaluation. I have played an advisory role to governments and international organisations and collaborated with and produced policy reports for a range of international non-governmental organisations. At present I am a Senior Associate of the International Drug Policy Consortium (which I co-founded in 2006) and a Research Fellow of the Transnational Institute’s Drugs and Democracy Programme.

International Relations and Public Policy
Department of Political and Cultural Studies
Swansea University

Research Area:

  • International drug control policy
  • International relations
  • Global governance
  • International Relations Theory
  • Public policy (policy making process)