Dr Maria Fotopoulou

Lecturer in Criminology

University of Stirling


Maria is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Stirling with research interests in the areas of substance misuse, particularly problem drug use and recovery, gender and drug policy. Her expertise is in qualitative approaches.

Maria’s doctoral work explored the experience of becoming a problem drug user in Greece, as well as drug affected parents’ experiences of, and responses to unfolding problem drug using careers. Prior to joining the University of Stirling she worked in the field of policy and service evaluation of the health and social care of marginalized and minority groups in the UK and Greece. She originally joined the University of Stirling as a research fellow at WithScotland, where she was involved in knowledge exchange activities within the area of adult and child protection. 

Maria’s current research activity revolves around the framing and construction of social problems, with a focus on the ‘drug problem’, the process of problematisation in research, policy and practice as well as the impact of problematising processes. As part of a multidisciplinary team, Maria was successful in securing funding for a University of Stirling, Cross-School Impact Studentship, which involves a comparative analysis of the representation and governance of the drug problem in Scotland and Greece. She is also currently co-investigator in a Carnegie Trust funded study looking into Scottish Local Authorities’ responses to unaccompanied asylum seeking children. Maria will beworking collaboratively with the Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research at the University of Stirling


Maria Fotopoulou & Tessa Parkes (2017) Family solidarity in the face of stress: responses to drug use problems in Greece, Addiction Research & Theory, 25:4, 326-333, DOI: 10.1080/16066359.2017.1279152

Fotopoulou M (2016) Mapping of Child Sexual Exploitation Resources across Scotland. WithScotland

Gadda A & Fotopoulou M (2016) Multi-agency decision making: understandings and implementations of thresholds. East Ayrshire Council. East Ayrshire Child Protection Committee.

Fotopoulou, M., Munro, A. and Taylor, A., 2015. ‘Allowing the right’ and its currency in managing drug stigma in Greece. International Journal of Drug Policy, 26(8), pp.723-730. 

Fotopoulou, M., 2014. Reasons behind Greek problem drug users’ decisions to quit using drugs and engage in treatment of their own volition: sense of self and the Greek filotimo. Addiction, 109(4), pp.627-634.


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