Gillian Shorter

Lecturer and Researcher

Dr Gillian Shorter is a Lecturer in Psychology at Ulster University. A committed harm reductionist, Dr Shorter has 15 years of experience working as a researcher in the addiction field. Her research focuses on change in alcohol and drug use: specifically what change is measured and what it means for different people, and how this influences decision making (especially for policy makers or those with lived experience).

Some current projects relate to alcohol brief interventions, overdose prevention, drug consumption rooms, and health in the creative sector. Gillian is always keen to collaborate and co-produce her research in partnership with experts by experience. Gillian sits on a range of policy bodies including the New Strategic Direction in Alcohol and Drugs Steering Group (Department of Health, NI Assembly) and the North/South Alcohol Policy Forum.

She still can’t believe we do not have a Drug Consumption Room open in the UK or Ireland (although the Irish one is on the way…). More details about Gillian’s work can be found at her website.


If all we need is a table, a chair, and a sharps box. This presentation covered differing models of safer drug use spaces.


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