Dr. Rebecca Foster

Research Fellow

University of Stirling



Rebecca is a Research Fellow based in the Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences, at the University of Stirling. She is currently co-lead or work on a range of projects relating to problem substance, including intersections with homelessness. Prior to joining this research centre in May 2018, she was a government social researcher in the crime research team (Scottish Government), and undertook her PhD in Criminology with the SCCJR at the University of Glasgow. While her research interests are varied, inequality and marginalisation and the manifestations and experiences of these, are common themes. She is particularly interested in the lived experience of problem substance use, homelessness and the criminal justice system (especially prison).

Recent publications

Foster, R., Carver, C., Wallace, J., Dunedin, A., Burridge, S., Foley, P., Pauly, B., and Parkes, T (2021). “PPI? That sounds like Payment Protection Insurance”: Reflections and learning from a substance use and homelessness study Experts by Experience group.” BMC Research Involvement and Engagement. 7(82). https://researchinvolvement.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40900-021-00324-8

Mercer, F. Miler, J.A., Pauly, B., Carver, H., Hnizdilova, K., Foster, R. and Parkes, T. (2021). “Peer Support and Overdose Prevention Responses: A Systematic ‘State-of-the-Art’ review.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18 (22), 12073. https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/18/22/12073

Barkas, B., Deacon, K., Foster, R., Jardine, C., Primrose K., Troy, V. (2021). “Getting it right for families affected by imprisonment: Lessons from ten years of research, Briefing Paper.” Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. https://www.sccjr.ac.uk/publications/getting-it-right-for-families-affected-by-imprisonment/


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University of Stirling

Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research,
Faculty of Social Sciences

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