Professor Suzanne Fraser

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Program Leader

Suzanne Fraser’s research focuses on drug use, the body, gender, health and the self. She is program leader for the Drugs, Gender and Sexuality Program, and associate editor, qualitative research for the international journals, Contemporary Drug Problems, and Addiction. She is also an editorial board member for the International Journal of Drug Policy, Addiction Research and Theory, and Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy.

Suzanne is the author of a number of books on the body and health in society and culture, the most recent being Habits: Remaking addiction (with David Moore and Helen Keane). Her first book, Cosmetic surgery, gender and culture, was based on her PhD research. Later books focused on methadone maintenance treatment (Substance and substitution: Methadone subjects in liberal societies, with kylie valentine), hepatitis C (Making disease, making citizens: The politics of hepatitis C, with Kate Seear), and the modern self (Vanity: 21st century selves, with Claire Tanner and JaneMaree Maher). She has also co-edited a collection of essays on drugs and addiction (The drug effect: Health, crime and society, with David Moore),

Suzanne’s main research focus at present is two-fold: she is lead investigator on two Australian Research Council-funded projects, one exploring injecting practices and harm reduction needs among men who inject performance and image enhancing drugs, and the other investigating impediments to the uptake and diffusion in Australia of take-home naloxone, the lifesaving opioid overdose medication.

In 2020 she will begin work with colleagues on two new ARC-funded projects, both looking at experiences of treatment for hepatitis C.

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


Suzanne welcomes supervision opportunities in addiction, drug use, the body, and health, disease and wellbeing. Her theoretical interests include feminist theories of the body and subjectivity, science and technology studies, and governmentality theory. She is experienced in a wide range of qualitative research methods, and has successfully supervised projects in areas as diverse as HIV in South Africa, hepatitis C, the body in psychotherapy, and childbirth and maternity in war.


  • Grad Cert Higher Education, Monash University
  • PhD Gender Studies, University of Sydney
  • BA (Hons) History and Women’s Studies, University of Sydney

Research Interests

  • Illicit drug use, drug treatments, ideas of compulsion and addiction, the body in society

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