Dr Adrian Farrugia

Research Fellow

Adrian is a Research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University. His research is informed by contemporary theoretical insights from new materialist thinkers such as Deleuze and Science and Technology Studies scholars. Adrian’s research specialisations include understandings of addiction and health, opioid overdose and take-home naloxone and youth drug consumption and drug education. Adrian’s current research focuses on the impediments to the uptake of take-home naloxone (THN) in Australia. Part of the Drugs, Gender and Sexuality (DruGS) research program, this ARC-funded qualitative project has collected the stories of people who consume opioids and health professionals to understand the meanings of THN and shed light on impediments to scale-up.

As a member of the DruGS team, Adrian also enjoys a productive research relationship with South Western Sydney Local Health District. He collaborates on a range of social research projects exploring lived experiences of alcohol and other drug consumption and drug treatment in South Western Sydney.

Adrian has published in two key areas: (1) young men’s drug consumption and drug education and (2) take-home naloxone in Australia. He has published articles on masculinity, friendship and intimacy; young men’s understandings of health promotion information; gender and drug education; neuroscientific accounts of youth and addiction; take-home naloxone and the politics of care; take-home naloxone administration practices and; the relationship between stigma and take-home naloxone uptake and use.

For a full list of Adrian’s publications and projects, click here.


Adrian welcomes supervision opportunities in the sociology of alcohol and other drug consumption, youth drug consumption, drug education and health promotion, masculinity and gender and social approaches to health and illness more broadly. His theoretical interests include post-structural and post-human approaches to subjectivity, materiality and the body. Adrian has particular interest in the use of Deleuze and Guattari, Latour and Actor Network Theory and Science and Technology Studies (STS) in qualitative research.


  • PhD Health Sciences, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University
  • BEd (Hons), Monash University
  • BA/BEd Indigenous studies, Politics, ESL education, Monash University

Research Interests

Understandings of addiction, illicit drug consumption and treatment, overdose and take-home naloxone, drug education and health promotion, youth illicit drug use, gender and the body, the sociology of health.