Claire Wilkinson

Research Fellow
Lecturer

Dr Claire Wilkinson is a NHMRC Early Career Fellow at the Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) at UNSW, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR), La Trobe University.

Claire's PhD evaluated recent and historical approaches to limiting alcohol outlet density at a local level in Victoria using both licensing and planning legislation. Claire’s research on alcohol policy is multidisciplinary drawing on public health and public policy as well as historical perspectives. She uses  mixed methods. She maintains close links with CAPR, La Trobe University, where she worked as a Research Associate prior to commencing at UNSW. She has published over 30 publications including peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and reports.

Claire is grateful for outstanding mentors, especially Prof Robin Room and A/Prof Sarah MacLean, La Trobe University and now, at UNSW, from Prof Alison Ritter AO. She counts herself lucky to have spent a formative ten years at Melbourne's TurningPoint, Alcohol & Drug Centre, which has given rise to many of Australia's former and current leaders in AOD research, practice and policy.

Journal articles
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Guizzo M; Ward B; Wilkinson C; Vally H; Kuntsche S, 2021, 'Understanding local government responses to alcohol-related harm', Drug and Alcohol Review, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.13236
2021
Reynolds J; Wilkinson C, 2020, 'Accessibility of ‘essential’ alcohol in the time of COVID-19: casting light on the blind spots of licensing?', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 39, pp. 305 - 308, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.13076
2020
Wilkinson C, 2020, 'Industry submissions on alcohol in the context of Australia's trade and investment agreements: a content and thematic analysis of publicly available documents', Drug and Alcohol Review, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.13219
2020
Wilkinson C; Dwyer R; MUGAVIN J; Jackson S, 2020, 'Barriers to addressing alcohol-related harm through planning and licensing systems: A case study from Victoria, Australia', Drug and Alcohol Review, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.13061
2020
MacLean S; Dwyer R; Pennay A; Savic M; Wilkinson C; Roberts S; Turner K; Saleeba E; Room R, 2020, 'The ‘social worlds’ concept: a useful tool for public health-oriented studies of drinking cultures', Addiction Research and Theory, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/16066359.2020.1820491
2020
Cook M; Livingston M; Wilkinson C; Shanthosh J; Morrison CN, 2020, 'Alcohol Industry vs. Public Health Presentations at Judicial Reviews of Liquor Licence Applications in Australia', International Journal of Drug Policy, vol. 82, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2020.102808
2020
Colbert S; Wilkinson C; Thornton L; Richmond R, 2020, 'COVID-19 and alcohol in Australia: industry changes and public health impacts', Drug and Alcohol Review, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.13092
2020
Wilkinson C; Ritter A, 2020, 'Applying a ‘harm to others’ research framework to illicit drugs: political discourses and ambiguous policy implications', Addiction, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/add.15243
2020
Cook M; Wilkinson C, 2019, 'How did live music become central to debates on how to regulate the Victorian night-time economy? A qualitative analysis of Victorian newspaper reporting since 2003', Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, vol. 26, pp. 265 - 272, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09687637.2018.1426730
2019
Livingston M; Callinan S; Wilkinson C, 2019, 'The impact of high profile restrictions on support for alcohol control policies', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 38, pp. 399 - 405, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.12933
2019
MacLean S; Savic M; Pennay A; Dwyer R; Stanesby O; Wilkinson C, 2019, 'Middle-aged same-sex attracted women and the social practice of drinking', Critical Public Health, vol. 29, pp. 572 - 583, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09581596.2018.1495828
2019
Wilkinson C; MacLean S; Room R, 2019, 'Restricting alcohol outlet density through cumulative impact provisions in planning law: Challenges and opportunities for local governments', Health and Place, pp. 102227 - 102227, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2019.102227
2019
Wilkinson C; McCalman J; Howe R, 2018, 'Commentary on Stanesby et al. (2018): The importance of social change and trends in understanding increases in women's drinking in post-WWII Australia', Addiction, vol. 113, pp. 2203 - 2204, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/add.14433
2018
O'Brien P; Gleeson D; Room R; Wilkinson C, 2018, 'Commentary on 'Communicating messages about drinking': Using the 'big legal guns' to block alcohol health warning labels', Alcohol and Alcoholism, vol. 53, pp. 333 - 336, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/alcalc/agx124
2018
Wilkinson C; Pennay A; MacLean S; Livingston M; Room R; Hamilton M; Laslett AM; Jiang H; Callinan S; Waleewong O, 2018, 'Addiction research centres and the nurturing of creativity: The Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR), Melbourne: a decade on', Addiction, vol. 113, pp. 568 - 574, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/add.14075
2018
O'Brien P; Gleeson D; Room R; Wilkinson C, 2017, 'Marginalising health information: Implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement for alcohol labelling', Melbourne University Law Review, vol. 41, pp. 341 - 391
2017
Wilkinson C; Livingston M; Room R, 2016, 'Impacts of changes to trading hours of liquor licences on alcohol-related harm: A systematic review 2005-2015', Public Health Research and Practice, vol. 26, http://dx.doi.org/10.17061/phrp2641644
2016
Wilkinson C; Livingston M, 2016, 'Alcohol policy research: Putting together a global evidence base', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 35, pp. 3 - 5, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.12368
2016
Wilkinson C; Maclean S, 2013, 'Enforcement of liquor licence provisions: The introduction of civilian licence inspectors in Victoria', Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, vol. 20, pp. 15 - 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/09687637.2012.676106
2013
Gainsbury SM; Blankers M; Wilkinson C; Schelleman-Offermans K; Cousijn J, 2013, 'Recommendations for international gambling harm-minimisation guidelines: Comparison with effective public health policy', Journal of Gambling Studies, vol. 30, pp. 771 - 788, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10899-013-9389-2
2013
Livingston M; Wilkinson C, 2013, 'Per-capita alcohol consumption and all-cause male mortality in Australia', Alcohol and Alcoholism, vol. 48, pp. 196 - 201, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/alcalc/ags123
2013
Wilkinson C; Livingston M, 2012, 'Distances to on- and off-premise alcohol outlets and experiences of alcohol-related amenity problems', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 31, pp. 394 - 401, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-3362.2011.00346.x
2012
Wilkinson C, 2012, 'Responses to risk: Public submissions on Australian alcohol guidelines for low-risk drinking', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 31, pp. 162 - 169, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-3362.2011.00413.x
2012
Ferris JA; Laslett AM; Livingston M; Room R; Wilkinson C, 2011, 'The impacts of others' drinking on mental health', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 195, http://dx.doi.org/10.5694/j.1326-5377.2011.tb03261.x
2011
Laslett AM; Room R; Ferris J; Wilkinson C; Livingston M; Mugavin J, 2011, 'Surveying the range and magnitude of alcohol’s harm to others in Australia', Addiction, vol. 106, pp. 1603 - 1611, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1360-0443.2011.03445.x
2011
Ferris JA; Laslett A-M; Livingston M; Room R; Wilkinson C, 2011, 'The impacts of others' drinking on mental health', MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, vol. 195, pp. S22 - S26, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000293804500005&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
2011
Livingston M; Wilkinson C; Laslett AM, 2010, 'The impact of heavy drinkers on health and wellbeing', Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, vol. 71, pp. 778 - 785, http://dx.doi.org/10.15288/jsad.2010.71.778
2010
Room R; Ferris J; Laslett AM; Livingston M; Mugavin J, 2010, 'The Drinker's Effect on the Social Environment: A Conceptual Framework for Studying Alcohol's Harm to Others', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 7, pp. 1855 - 1871, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph7041855
2010
Wilkinson C; Room R, 2009, 'Warnings on alcohol containers and advertisements: International experience and evidence on effects', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 28, pp. 426 - 435, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-3362.2009.00055.x
2009
Wilkinson C; Room R; Livingston M, 2009, 'Mapping Australian public opinion on alcohol policies in the new millennium.', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 28, pp. 263 - 274, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-3362.2009.00027.x
2009
Book Chapters
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Hart A; Wilkinson C, 2020, 'Policies Addressing Alcohol-Related Violence Among Young People: A Gendered Analysis Based on Two Australian States', in Young Adult Drinking Styles, pp. 295 - 312, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-28607-1
2020
Hart A; Wilkinson C, 2019, 'Policies addressing alcohol-related violence among young people: A gendered analysis based on two Australian states', in Young Adult Drinking Styles: Current Perspectives on Research, Policy and Practice, pp. 295 - 312, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-28607-1_15
2019
Livingston M; Wilkinson C, 2017, 'Controlling density, hours and days of sale and zoning to reduce alcohol-related harm', in Preventing Alcohol-related Problems Evidence and Community-based Initiatives, American Public Health Association
2017
Wilkinson C; MacLean S, 2014, 'Enforcement of Liquor Laws: the introduction of civilian inspectors in Victoria', in Stemming the tide of alcohol : liquor licensing and the public interest, Foundation for Alcohol Research & Education, pp. 188 - 195
2014
Wilkinson C, 2013, 'Public information and education campaigns', in Alcohol Science, Policy and Public Health, Oxford University Press
2013
Reports
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Ritter A; Wilkinson C; Vuong T; Kowalski M; Barrett L; Mellor R; Sommerville K, 2020, Distilling our changing relationship with alcohol during COVID-19, UNSW Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, DPMP Monograph No. 29, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5f84c1dba9f36
2020
Wilkinson C; Mugavin J; Dwyer R; Jackson S, 2018, Public health arguments in planning and licensing appeal processes: A case study of the City of Casey’s attempt to regulate a new chain packaged liquor outlet, http://fare.org.au/public-health-arguments-in-planning-and-licensing-appeal-processes/
2018
Other
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Wilkinson C, 2019, Commentary on Shih et al. (2019): Lessons from alcohol outlet availability, England, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/add.14803
2019
Theses / Dissertations
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Wilkinson C, 2018, Local input in issuing liquor licences: contemporary policy issues in historical context, University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
2018
  • 2020: Honourable Mention, Early Career Academic Publication Award, Faculty of Art & Social Sciences, UNSW
  • 2018: Winner, Late Breaking Presentation, Scientific Alcohol & Drug Conference, Australasian Professional Society for Alcohol & Other Drugs, New Zealand
  • 2018-2022: Early Career Fellowship, National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia
  • 2013: Junior Researcher Paper Price, Master Class in Addiction, Addiction Research Institute (IVO) Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2012: Finnish Government Doctoral Scholarship, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • 2012: Postgraduate Overseas Research Scholarship, The University of Melbourne
  • 2012: Graduate Social Science/Humanities Scholarship, Queen’s College, The University of Melbourne
  • 2011: Frank Murphy Travelling Scholarship, Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre, Melbourne
  • 2011-2014: Australian Postgraduate Award, Australian Government
  • 2020 Alcohol purchasing and consumption: Learning from pandemic containment measures for more effective alcohol policy
  • 2019 -2020 La Trobe University Sheffield Hallam University Collaborative Research Seed Grants, $10,000 
  • 2019 NSW Ministry of Health, $32,000
  • 2018 - 2022: NHMRC Early Career Fellowship, $322,952
  • 2016 Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, $150,000
  • 2016 Western Australia Mental Health Commission, for The Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs (Federal Government), $75,000
  • 2015 NSW Ministry of Health, $20,000
  • 2013 World Health Organization, $14,000

 

Teaching Areas

Social research methods, policy-making, policy case studies, policy analysis, qualitative research methods

Past teaching

Lecturer: 

  • SRAP3002 (undergraduate) - Social Research and Policy Project (2020)

Guest Lecturer: 

  • SOSS2001 (undergraduate) - Qualitative Social Research
  • PHCM9604 (undergraduate) - Tobacco, Alcohol and Illicit Drugs
  • SRAP1001 (undergraduate) - Social Research and Society
  • SRAP5102 (graduate) - Theory, Ethics and Social Impact  
  • PHE5LAE (graduate) -  Health, Law and Ethics (LaTrobe University)

Completion of the BTT Program (UNSW) in 2020