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Drugs: Markets, policies and consumption

The projects our CCCJ researchers are involved in that concern drug use, policy and markets.

Drug taking pathways in adulthood: The impact of ageing and adult roles

Funder: University of Manchester Strategic Investment Research Fund (SIRF)

Principal Investigator: Lisa Williams

Project aim: This project provided institutional seed funding for a scoping exercise to locate and collect further data from the Illegal Leisure cohort. Over 200 participants were found and they all agreed to take part in the study again. Consequently, a funding proposal was submitted to the ESRC which is now under review.

Internet facilitated drugs trade: Analysis of the size, scope and role of the Netherlands

Funder: Dutch Ministry of Justice

Principal Investigators: RAND Europe

School of Law staff member: Judith Aldridge

Project aim: This aimed to examine the trade of drugs on cryptomarkets in the Netherlands and internationally, and to assess the extent to which the trade has grown in the years since the closure of the first major drug cryptomarket, Silk Road.

Marketing, advertising and promotion by retail drug dealers on cryptomarkets: establishing trust and effective market functioning

Principal Investigator: Judith Aldridge

Project aim: This project uses data scraped from drug cryptomarkets to analyse vendor-produced advertising text using qualitative content and discourse analytic approaches.

Novel psychoactive substances on drug cryptomarkets

Funder: Q-Step Internship Programme (Nuffield, ESRC, HEFCE)

Principal Investigator: Judith Aldridge

Project aim: A second year student will be a research assistant on a project examining the role of illegal drug cryptomarkets in the diffusion of often legal novel psychoactive substances in these international markets.

The Darknet as online market innovation

Funder: NESTA, UK

Principal Investigators: Judith Aldridge and David Décary-Hétu (University of Montreal)

Project aim: This project produced the hidden web crawler and scraper DATACRRYPTO, and aimed to assess the harms and benefits of drug cryptomarkets, and the extent of international and wholesale trade on these marketplaces.

The effect of marketplace closures on cryptomarket drug trading

Funder: Macquarie University

Principal Investigator: James Martin (Macquarie University)

School of Law project member: Judith Aldridge

Project aim: To establish how marketplaces closures affects the frequency and type of cryptomarket drug trading, and an analysis of the characteristics of the Australia-specific cryptomarket trade.

Virtual drug markets

Funder: University of Manchester Strategic Investment Research Fund (SIRF)

Principal Investigator: Judith Aldridge

Project aim: This project provided institutional seed funding for a number of funding bids, including European funding from ERANID (‘PATHMARK: New Markets, New Drugs, New Pathways’); and Australian bid to the NHMRC (‘Drugs on the darknet: Assessing the global health risks of a rapidly expanding market;).

Youth gangs in an English city: Social exclusion, drugs and violence

Funder: Economic and Social Research Council

Principal Investigator: Judith Aldridge