PhD in Population Health, University of Melbourne; Graduate Certificate in Addiction Research, Dresden International University; Diploma in Japanese, University of Melbourne; Bachelor of Science (Honours, Psychology), University of Melbourne; Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, Development Studies & Psychology, University of Melbourne
Dr Claire Wilkinson is a NHMRC Senior Research 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.
Current Research Interests
Community ownership as an instrument for public health and welfare: Lessons from Australia’s community-owned licensed premises
A new research interest in advancing knowledge about the trend in town groups buying pubs across regional Australia. I'm interested in advancing knowledge about the role of co-operatively owned licensed premises, such as pubs and sports clubs, in promoting the health and well-being of communities throughout Australia. I'd like to understand the impact of co-operatively owned licensed premises on community health and well-being, social cohesion and local economies.
List of media reporting on co-operatively purchased and run pubs in regional Australia (updated March 2022)
Member, Australian Fabians, Policy Action group on Co-operatives and Mutuals 2022 - ongoing
Professional Society Memberships:
I am a member of the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol & other Drugs, and The Alcohol and Drugs History Society, and the Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol.
My Research Supervision
Stephanie Colbert (PhD, Public Health, UNSW) - Understanding the online alcohol delivery market in Australia to inform improved regulation of the industry and reduce alcohol-related harm (Joint Supervisor); 2020 to present.
Michala Kowalski (PhD, NDARC, UNSW) - Alcohol policy-making in the night-time economy (Scientia Scholarship Project, Joint Supervisor); 2020 to present.
Filip Djordjevic (PhD, Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe University) - Participation in alcohol policy-making (Sheffield Hallam-La Trobe Universities joint-PhD Scheme, Joint Supervisor); 2021 to present.
Social research methods, policy-making, policy case studies, policy analysis, qualitative research methods
Completion of the BTT Program (UNSW) in 2020