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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/



University of Stirling


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

June 2021

Getting it right for families affected by imprisonment

Getting it right for families affected by imprisonment: Lessons from ten years of research This briefing paper draws on five […]

‘Doing the wait’: an exploration into the waiting experiences of prisoners’ families

Waiting is a universal experience and a ‘taken for granted’ form of time. However, it is given a social specificity […]


Knife Crime Interventions: ‘What Works?’

In recent years, there has been growing concern over knife carrying and associated knife crime, in Scotland and elsewhere. Despite […]

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29th October 2019

Updated Learning Resource for Schools

28th September 2015

Knife crime interventions: What Works?