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Dr Amanda Atkinson

Dr Amanda Atkinson

Telephone: 0151 231 4284

Biography

Dr Amanda Marie Atkinson is a Senior Researcher within the Public Health Institute. Over the last 10 years Amanda has worked on a range of research projects within the Institute, predominantly relating to young people, drinking cultures, alcohol and substance use. Her general research interests relate to consumption and identity, media representations, and gender relations. She has a particular interest in media representations of drug and alcohol use, media influence and the gendered nature of substance use. Recent research projects Amanda has led include an ARUK funded project exploring the role of Social Network Sites (e.g. Facebook) in young people’s drinking cultures and gendered identities, and the 2011/2014 European School Survey on Alcohol and other Drugs (ESPAD). She uses both qualitative and quantitative methods (with a specialism in the former), creative/artistic research dissemination and has conducted research with a range of groups, including children and young people, substance users, prisoners, victims of domestic violence, young offenders, practitioners, policy makers and media professionals. Amanda is also the UK coordinator for the EMCDDAs Early Warning System on New/Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS, popularly known as ‘Legal Highs)’. She is supervisor for a number of PhDs related to the NPS market; drug user identity; drug risk communication and harm reduction; and young peoples health and social media, and teaches on the BSci Public Health and MSci Public Health (Addictions).

Amanda is a reviewer for a number of journals including Drugs: Education Prevention and Policy, Addiction Research and Theory, International Journal of Drug Policy, Drug and Alcohol Review, BMC Public Health and Journal of Gender Studies. She is a member of the Fawcett Society UK and Merseyside, the BSA Alcohol Study Group, LJMU Uses of the Arts Lab and the LJMU Women in Research Working Group.

She is also a volunteer for the Real Love street team, a group of volunteers who go out weekly to help meet the needs of people who are homeless and living on the streets of Liverpool. She also works with The Homeless Period, an initiative that provides sanitary items to homeless and vulnerable women across Merseyside, and is an artist creating art works informed by her research findings as part of public engagement.

Degrees

University of Manchester, United Kingdom, MRes Crime and Criminal Justice Research
University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, BA Criminology and Sociology
LJMU, United Kingdom, PhD

Publications

Highlighted publications

Atkinson AM, Sumnall H. 2017. ‘Isn’t it mostly girls that do pre-drinks really?’ Young men and women’s accounts of pre-loading in the UK Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy, >DOI

Atkinson AM, Sumnall HR. 2016. 'If I don't look good, it just doesn't go up': A qualitative study of young women's drinking cultures and practices on Social Network Sites INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DRUG POLICY, 38 :50-62 >DOI >Link

Atkinson A, Ross-Houle KM, Begley E, Sumnall H. An exploration of alcohol advertising on social networking sites: an analysis of content, interactions and young people’s perspectives ADDICTION RESEARCH & THEORY, >DOI

Atkinson AM, Sumnall H, Bellis MA. Young people's perspective on the portrayal of alcohol on televison: findings from a focus group study Addiction, Research and Theory,

Atkinson AM, Kirton AW, Sumnall HR. The gendering of alcohol in consumer magazines: an analysis of male and female targetted publications Journal of Gender Studies, 21 :365-386 >DOI

Journal article

Atkinson AM, Sumnall H. 2017. ‘Isn’t it mostly girls that do pre-drinks really?’ Young men and women’s accounts of pre-loading in the UK Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy, >DOI

Brunt TM, Atkinson AM, Nefau T, Martinez M, Lahaie E, Malzcewski A, Pazitny M, Belackova V, Brandt SD. 2017. Online test purchased new psychoactive substances in 5 different European countries; a snapshot study of chemical composition and price International Journal of Drug Policy, 44 :105-114 >DOI

Atkinson AM, Sumnall HR. 2016. 'If I don't look good, it just doesn't go up': A qualitative study of young women's drinking cultures and practices on Social Network Sites INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DRUG POLICY, 38 :50-62 >DOI >Link

Jones L, Atkinson A, Bates G, McCoy E, Porcellato L, Beynon C, McVeigh J, Bellis MA. 2014. Views and experiences of hepatitis C testing and diagnosis among people who inject drugs: Systematic review of qualitative research International Journal of Drug Policy, 25 :204-211 >DOI

Jones L, Hughes K, Atkinson AM, Bellis MA. 2011. Reducing harm in drinking environments: a systematic review of effective approaches. Health Place, 17 :508-518 >DOI >Link

Hughes SK, Hughes K, Atkinson AM, Bellis MA, Smallthwaite L. 2011. Smoking behaviours, access to cigarettes and relationships with alcohol in 15- and 16-year-old schoolchildren. Eur J Public Health, 21 :8-14 >DOI >Link

Atkinson AM, Sumnall HR, Measham F. 2010. Depictions of alcohol use in a UK Government partnered online social marketing campaign: Hollyoaks ‘The Morning after the night before’ Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, :1-14

Atkinson AM, Sumnall HR. 2010. Alcohol and Drug Depictions in Magazines Consumed by Young People Sucht Magazine, :23-24

Montgomery C, Field M, Atkinson AM, Cole JC, Goudie AJ, Sumnall HR. 2010. Effects of alcohol preload on attentional bias towards cocaine-related cues. Psychopharmacology (Berl), 210 :365-375 >DOI >Link

Atkinson A, Ross-Houle KM, Begley E, Sumnall H. An exploration of alcohol advertising on social networking sites: an analysis of content, interactions and young people’s perspectives ADDICTION RESEARCH & THEORY, >DOI

Atkinson AM. Gunby, C. and Atkinson, A.M. (2014). Drinking stories: The importance of gender, narrative and epistemology. International Journal of Drug Policy, 25, 361–362. International Journal of Drug Policy,

Atkinson AM, Sumnall H, Bellis MA. Young people's perspective on the portrayal of alcohol on televison: findings from a focus group study Addiction, Research and Theory,

Atkinson AM, Kirton AW, Sumnall HR. The gendering of alcohol in consumer magazines: an analysis of male and female targetted publications Journal of Gender Studies, 21 :365-386 >DOI

Report

Atkinson A, Pirona A, Begley E, Sumnall H. 2016. Health responses to new psychoactive substances >DOI

Atkinson A, Ross KM, Begley E, Sumnall H. 2015. Constructing alcohol identities: the role of Social Network Sites (SNS) in young peoples’ drinking cultures

Jones L, Atkinson A, Porcellato L, Bates G, McCoy E, Beynon C, McVeigh J, Bellis M. 2011. A systematic review of qualitative research on the views, perspectives and experiences of hepatitis B and C testing among practitioners and people at greatest risk of infection. >Link

Atkinson AM, Sumnall HR, Bellis M. 2011. Substance use among 15 and 16 year olds in the UK: Key findings from the 2011 European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD)

Atkinson AM, Sumnall HR, Elliott G. 2011. Young people, alcohol and the media :1-90

Hughes KE, Jones L, Atkinson A, Whelan G, Bellis M. 2010. Reducing harm in drinking environments: a systematic review of effective approaches

Atkinson AM, hughes K. 2010. Smoking behaviour in North West school children: a study of fifteen and sixteen year olds

Atkinson AM, jones L, hughes K. 2010. Reducing harms in drinking environment: a systematic review of effective approachs

Hughes KE, Atkinson A, Bellis M, Wood S, Smallthwaite L. 2009. Smoking behaviour in North West school children: a study of fifteen and sixteen year olds

Quigg ZA, Atkinson A, Hughes K, Bellis M, Sumnall H, Syed Q. 2009. Interpersonal violence and illicit drugs

Medforth N, Atkinson A, Clarke P, Connolly J, Greenop D, Huntingdon E, Kewley O, Turner G. Sex, Drugs and Risk Control: report on the small-acale evaluation of the course commissioned by St. Helens Young People's Services

Atkinson AM, quigg Z, Hughes K, Sumnall HR, Bellis MA. Interpersonal violence and illicit drugs

Chapters

Ross-Houle KM, atkinson A, SUMNALL H. 2015. The Symbolic Value of Alcohol: The importance of alcohol consumption, drinking practices and drinking spaces in classed and gendered identity construction Thurnall-Read T. Drinking Dilemmas: Space, Culture and Identity :28-44 Routledge. London 978-1-138-93114-5

Other

Atkinson AM, Sumnall HR. 2011. Young people,alcohol and the media: findings from a mixed method study Social Research Association News, :8-9

Conference publication

Atkinson AM. 2009. Alcohol on Television: an analysis of alcohol representations in TV programmes viewed by young people Society of Addiction Annual Conference,

Atkinson AM, Ross K. Constructing alcohol identities: The role of Social Network Sites in young people's drinking culture Research In Focus Seminar

Atkinson AM. The monitoring of new psych oactive substances (NPS) in the UK: current trends, press reporting and policy implications 8th International Club Health Conference 2013 San Francisco

Atkinson AM. Constructing Alcohol Identities Faculty of Education, Health & Community Research Conference

Atkinson AM. Round table expert discussion Young people, alcopops and TV culture (Daphne Project),

Atkinson AM. Young people, Alcohol and the Media Faculty of Applied Social Science Faculty Seminar Series

Atkinson AM. Young people, alcohol and the media Centre for Young People's Research Seminar

Atkinson AM. Young people's perspective on alcohol depictions in popular magazines (with an emphasis on celebrity alcohol use) Club Health Conference: Media Influence on Nightlife

Atkinson AM. Media representations of alcohol and drinking: An analysis of men’s and women’s targeted magazines Club Health Conference

Atkinson AM. Gender differences in media representations of alcohol and drinking: An analysis of male and female targeted magazines British Sociological Association Annual Conference

Atkinson AM. The media, binge drinking and moral panics: an analysis of the popular British press' portrayal of binge drinking Club Health Conference

Exhibition

Atkinson AM. Homeless: the human cost of austerity

Atkinson AM. Gender Dilemmas: negotiating femininity and masculinity in contemporary nightlife

Thesis/Dissertation

Atkinson AM. The role of the media in shaping young people’s drinking cultures, practices and related identity making: studies of multiple media platforms Gee I.

Engagement & Impact

Award:

British Sociologial Association Early Careers Award