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Ms Amanda Atkinson

Ms Amanda Atkinson

Telephone: 0151 231 4284

Biography

Amanda Atkinson is a Senior Researcher within the Public Health Institute. Over the last 9 years Amanda has worked on a range of research projects within the Institute, predominantly relating to young people, drinking cultures, alcohol and substance use. She has a particular interest in media representations of substance use and is currently writing in this area (PhD by publication). 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 has experience of both qualitative and quantitative methods and has conducted research with a range of groups, including children and young people, substance users, prisoners, victims of domestic violence, young offenders, practitioners and media professionals. Her general research interests relate to youth leisure and health, gender, substance use and media representations of these issues. Amanda is also the UK coordinator for the EMCDDAs Early Warning System on New Psychoactive Substances (NPS, popularly known as ‘Legal Highs)’ and lead on both local and European research projects on NPS. She supervises a number of PhDs related to NPS and drug user identity

Degrees

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

Publications

Highlighted publications

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

Journal Articles

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, :1-10 >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 >Link

Atkinson AM, Ross-Houle KM, Begley E, Sumnall H. 2017. An exploration of alcohol advertising on social networking sites: an analysis of content, interactions and young people's perspectives ADDICTION RESEARCH & THEORY, 25 :91-102 >DOI >Link

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 >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

Atkinson AM, Sumnall H, Measham F. 2011. 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, 18 :454-467 >DOI >Link

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 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

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 (journal proceedings)

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

Engagement & Impact

Award:

Award title: British Sociologial Association Early Careers Award