Global and national organisations acknowledge the importance of meaningful opportunities for policy participation among young people and people who use drugs. However, the voices of young people are sidelined in drug policy processes. By using critical social science approaches to rethink policy participation practices, it may be possible to create opportunities for complex drug policy problems to be reimagined through young voices typically excluded from drug policy processes.

The overarching aim of this project is to explore whether and how alternative ways of doing ‘participation’ can open up new ways of thinking about policy problems relating to young people and drugs. Specifically, the project aims to:

  • Analyse how ‘young people’ and ‘drugs’ are constituted in Australian drug policies.
  • Map different ways that young people participate in Australian drug policy.
  • Explore experiences of youth participation in Australian drug policy processes.
  • Design modes of participation that centre ‘young people’ on matters relating to ‘drugs’.
Research Centre

Social Policy Research Centre

Research Area

Drug Policy Modelling Program

This project is being conducted as part of Isabelle Volpe’s PhD, which is supported by Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship and UNSW ADA HDR Top-up Scholarship. Additional research funds have been provided by the UNSW ADA HDR Essential Costs of Research Funding Scheme.

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