Professor David Moore

David Moore is a Professorial Research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS). He has published extensively in key sociological and health journals on youth, gender, alcohol and other drug use, addiction concepts and drug policy. David is the author of The Lads in Action: Social Process in an Urban Youth Subculture (Arena, 1994), and (with Suzanne Fraser and Helen Keane) Habits: Remaking Addiction (Palgrave, 2014). He also edited (with Paul Dietze) Drugs and Public Health: Australian Perspectives on Policy and Practice (Oxford University Press, 2008) and (with Suzanne Fraser) The Drug Effect: Health, Crime and Society (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

David has held positions at The Australian National University (Anthropology) and Deakin University (Public Health). Prior to joining ARCSHS in mid-2019, he established and led the Ethnographic Program at the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University (2003-2019). He is a Consulting Editor for Contemporary Drug Problems, having been the journal’s Editor from 2010-2020.

David’s current research in the Drugs, Gender and Sexuality (DruGS) research program at ARCSHS, funded by the Australian Research Council, focuses on (1) identifying how unexamined concepts, such as gender, influence research and policy on alcohol-related violence in Australia, Canada and Sweden, and (2) exploring injecting practices and harm reduction needs among men who inject performance and image-enhancing drugs.

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


David is available for the supervision of qualitative research focusing on alcohol and other drug use, drugs and gender, drugs and young people, drug policy and drug science.


  • PhD, University of Western Australia
  • MA, Anthropology, University of Western Australia
  • BA(Hons), Anthropology, University of Western Australia

Research Interests

Qualitative approaches, alcohol and other drug use, youth, gender, addiction concepts, alcohol and other drug policy