Dr Claire Wilkinson
Senior Lecturer

Dr Claire Wilkinson

PhD in Population HealthUniversity of MelbourneGraduate 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

Arts,Design & Architecture
Social Policy Research Centre

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.

+61-2-9065 8351
122 Goodsell Building
  • Book Chapters | 2020
    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
    Book Chapters | 2019
    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
    Book Chapters | 2017
    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
    Book Chapters | 2014
    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
    Book Chapters | 2013
    Wilkinson C, 2013, 'Public information and education campaigns', in Alcohol Science, Policy and Public Health, Oxford University Press
  • Journal articles | 2023
    Kowalski M; Wilkinson C; Livingston M; Ritter A, 2023, 'Piloting a classification framework for the types of evidence used in alcohol policymaking', Drug and Alcohol Review, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.13599
    Journal articles | 2022
    Colbert S; Wilkinson C; Feng X; Thornton L; Richmond R, 2022, 'You've got mail: Drinks are on sale! A study to assess volume and content of direct marketing received from online alcohol retailers in Australia.', Int J Drug Policy, vol. 105, pp. 103705, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2022.103705
    Journal articles | 2022
    Cook M; Wilkinson C; Caluzzi G; Duncan T; Dwyer R, 2022, 'Qualitative insights on alcohol and other drug consumption during COVID-19', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 41, pp. 1263 - 1266, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.13517
    Journal articles | 2022
    Wilkinson C; Dwyer R; Kowalski M, 2022, 'News media both represents and acts: Commentary on Howse et al. news media content analysis of Sydney's ‘last drinks’ laws', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 41, pp. 575 - 576, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.13457
    Journal articles | 2021
    Colbert S; Wilkinson C; Thornton L; Feng X; Richmond R, 2021, 'Online alcohol sales and home delivery: An international policy review and systematic literature review', Health Policy, vol. 125, pp. 1222 - 1237, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthpol.2021.07.005
    Journal articles | 2021
    Guizzo M; Ward B; Wilkinson C; Vally H; Kuntsche S, 2021, 'Understanding local government responses to alcohol-related harm', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 40, pp. 761 - 770, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.13236
    Journal articles | 2021
    MacLean S; Dwyer R; Pennay A; Savic M; Wilkinson C; Roberts S; Turner K; Saleeba E; Room R, 2021, 'The ‘social worlds’ concept: a useful tool for public health-oriented studies of drinking cultures', Addiction Research and Theory, vol. 29, pp. 231 - 238, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/16066359.2020.1820491
    Journal articles | 2021
    Wilkinson C; Ritter A, 2021, 'Applying a ‘harm to others’ research framework to illicit drugs: political discourses and ambiguous policy implications', Addiction, vol. 116, pp. 1941 - 1946, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/add.15243
    Journal articles | 2021
    Wilkinson C; Ritter A, 2021, 'Thinking beyond the individual, a response to commentaries', Addiction, vol. 116, pp. 1952 - 1953, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/add.15605
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 2020
    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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 2019
    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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 2018
    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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 2017
    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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 2016
    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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 2013
    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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 2012
    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
    Journal articles | 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, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000293804500005&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Journal articles | 2011
    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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 2010
    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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 2009
    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
    Journal articles | 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
  • Conference Abstracts | 2022
    Colbert S; Wilkinson C; Feng X; Thornton L; Richmond R, 2022, 'You've got mail: Drinks are on sale! A study to assess volume and content of direct marketing received from online alcohol retailers in Australia', in International Journal of Drug Policy, WILEY, Vol. 105, pp. S57 - S58, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2022.103705
    Conference Papers | 2021
    Djordjevic F; Wilkinson C; Reynolds J; Cook M; Dwyer R, 2021, 'AUSTRALIAN MEDIA COVERAGE OF ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG CONSUMPTION DURING COVID-19', in DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, WILEY, pp. S67 - S67, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000715073200167&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Papers | 2021
    Djordjevic F; Wilkinson C; Reynolds J; Dwyer R; Hickman P, 2021, 'PUBLIC HEALTH AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: A CRITICAL COMPARISON OF LIQUOR LICENSING LEGISLATION IN AUSTRALIA AND THE UNITED KINGDOM', in DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, WILEY, pp. S67 - S67, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000715073200168&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Reports | 2020
    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
    Other | 2019
    Wilkinson C, 2019, Commentary on Shih et al. (2019): Lessons from alcohol outlet availability, England, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/add.14803
    Theses / Dissertations | 2018
    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
    Reports | 2018
    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/
    Conference Papers | 2012
    Livingston M; Maclennan B; Kypri K; Room R; Langley J; Wilkinson C, 2012, 'SYMPOSIUM - ALCOHOL POLICY AT THE LOCAL LEVEL - AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ACTION?', in DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, WILEY-BLACKWELL, pp. 3 - 3, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000311236700009&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

  • 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


  • 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

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


Editorial Duties:


  • Early Career Academic Network Committee Member, Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture, UNSW, 2020 to present.
  • Advisory Group Member, Support Local Government Project, Alcohol & Drug Foundation, 2020.
  • Early Career Academic Representative, Social Policy Research Centre/Centre for Social Research on Health Research Committee, UNSW, 2018-2019.
  • Coordinating Committee, Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol, 2015-2017.
  • Higher-Degree Research Student Representative, School of Global and Public Health, University of Melbourne, 2012-2013.

Visiting appointments:

  • Centre for Research on Addiction, Control and Governance, University of Helsinki, 2012

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.



2022 - Keelin O'Reilly (Honours, School of Social Science, UNSW) - Drug trafficking thresholds

2019 - Miranda Guizzo (Masters, Public Health, La Trobe University) - Understanding local government responses to alcohol‐related harm - Guizzo - - Drug and Alcohol Review - Wiley Online Library

2018 - Ella Dyson (Honours, Psychology, La Trobe University) - Attitudes towards Warning Statements about Short-Term and Long-Term Harms of Alcohol in Younger and Older Drinkers

2006 - Lisa Gelbart (Honours, Biomedical Science, Monash University) - Trends in media reporting on alcohol-related violence since 2005

My Teaching

Teaching Areas

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

Past teaching


  • 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