Neil McKeganey BA, MSc, PhD is a sociologist and has carried out research in a wide range of topics related to drugs misuse including undertaking work on pre-teen drug use, on the link between drugs and crime, on the effectiveness of drug enforcement activities, on the effectiveness of drug treatment services and on the impact of drugs policy. He is a frequent commentator on drug related issues within the media and has written widely for a range of UK newspapers including the Guardian, Times, Sunday Times, Observer, Independent.
In 2012 Neil was awarded the Nils Bejerot Award for Global Drug Prevention by The World Federation Against Drugs (WFAD) in recognition of career in drug research and for his contributions to drug policy, in particular for his championing of drug free policies, much like Nils Bejerot did in Sweden.
In 1994 Neil McKeganey founded the Centre for Drug Misuse Research at the University of Glasgow which was responsible for carrying out innovative policy relevant research on the UK drugs problem- this included developing the statistical techniques for estimating the size of hidden populations, understanding the impact of parental drug use on children, quantifying the impact of drug seizures, and analysing drug users risk behaviour. In 2011 the Centre closed at the University of Glasgow and opened as an independent research Centre working in collaboration with a number of UK universities and other bodies.
Neil is the author of over 150 academic papers and six books -the most recent of which is “A to Z of Substance Misuse and Addiction” (Palgrave Macmillan 2014). He has written widely in the media on the topic of illegal drugs and has acted in an advisory role for a wide range of international organisations including the World Health Organisation, the UK Home Office, the United Nations. In 2011.
Neil has undertaken research for a wide range of bodies including the World Health Organisation, the Scottish Government, the UK Home Office, the Medical Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council ,and the UK Department of Health.
Neil’s recent publications have included work on the effectiveness of drugs enforcement operations on local drug markets, on the development of a recovery focus in drug treatment policy, on the effectiveness of drug misuse treatment services. Neil is currently involved in a wide range of studies looking at users experiences of e-cigarettes and the evidence base in relation to the standardised packaging of tobacco products.