Qualifications - PhD
George (Kev) Dertadian, Ph.D. is a social researcher who conducts field-based research with people who use drugs, including the non-medical use of pharmaceuticals and injection drug use, and among marginalised as well as structurally advantaged people who use drugs. He is interested in alcohol and other drugs, the sociology of crime and deviance, and social and cultural theory. Kev advocates for non-carceral responses to drug use, with a particular focus on harm reduction. He is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology as part of the School of Law, Society and Criminology in the Faculty of Law and Justice at the University of New South Wales.
Research Areas - alcohol and other drugs, the sociology of crime and deviance, social and cultural theory
I regularly contribute media articles to the public domain to ensure that my research is reaching the broadest group of people. A short list of media articles is below:
Dertadian, G. (2018) The people turning to painkillers for emotional relief. The Sydney Morning Herald: November 14.
Dertadian, G. (2018) Pain isn’t just physical: why many are using painkillers for emotional relief, The Conversation: November 2018.
Dertadian, G. & Tomsen, S. (2018) Drug users in outer Sydney need another medically supervised consumption room, The Conversation: August 2018.
Dertadian, G. (2018) Public housing ban on people with drug records likely to do more harm than good, research tell us, The Conversation: April 2018.
Tomsen, S. & Dertadian, G. (2016) Not everyone who takes painkillers for fun is an addict; some have just found a different way to cope, The Conversation: April 2016.
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CRIM2042 - Explaining Crime
CRIM2038 - Young People and Juvenile Justice
CRIM3000 - Criminology in Practice
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