Dr. Rachel Herring is a Senior Research Fellow with a particular interest in social and policy aspects of alcohol use. Prior to joining Middlesex University she has worked as a researcher at a a number of insitutions including the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Imperial College (at the Centre for Research on Drugs and Health Behaviour).
Learning & Teaching Interests
Dr Herring was involved in the development of the European Masters in Drug and
Alcohol Studies, which funded by an Erasmus Lifelong Learning Curriculum
Development Grant Oct 2007-Sept 2010 and led by Prof. Betsy Thom. Dr Herring
supervises MSc and PhD students.
Research Outputs & Interests
Dr Herring is a social scientist with a particular interest in the social and
policy aspects of alcohol use, including alcohol consumption across the life
course, licensing and the implementation of alcohol policy at the local level.
Thom, Betsy (2013) Partnerships: survey respondentsâ perceptions of inter-professional collaboration to address alcohol-related harms in England. Critical Public Health, 23 (1). pp. 62-76. ISSN 0958-1596
Herring, Rachel (2013) But no one told me itâs okay to not drink: a qualitative study of young people who drink little or no alcohol. Journal of Substance Use . ISSN 1465-9891
Funded Research & Knowledge Exchange Projects
'The role of IBA training in non-medical settings', Thom, B. and Herring, R. Alcohol Research UK, July 2013 – June 2015 (£54,500)
'Evaluation of The Healthy Drinking Choices Online Tool', Thom B. and Herring R. Funded by Lundbeck Pharmaceuticals, 2013-4 (£14,997)
'Asses the feasibility and potential effectiveness of IBA in a range of workplaces', Thom,B. and Herring, R. Alcohol Education and Research Council Academy, 2012 (£8,000).
'Identifying promising approaches and initiatives for developing multi-component programme', Herring, R. Bayley. M and Alcohol Concern, Alcohol Education and Research Council and Joseph Rowntree Foundation, June 2010-Dec 2010 (£35,223)
'Being young and 'dry' in a drinking culture' (project on young adults who drink little/not all): Herring R. and Bayley, M., Joseph Rowntree Foundation May 2010-Sept 2011 (£67,374).
' Evaluation of the Alcohol Improvement Programme', Thom B., Herring R., MacGregor S. (LSHTM), Godfrey C., Lloyd C. (York), Department of Health, March 2010- Sept 2011 (£297,506).
the impact of Regional Alcohol Managers/Offices', Lloyd C. (York), Thom B.,
MacGregor S., Herring R. Hurcombe R. Funded by the Department of Health. March
2010-Sept 2010, (£30,000).
Herring, R. and Bayley, M.' Being young and 'dry' in a drinking culture', Joseph Rowntree Foundation, £67,374, May 2010-Aug 2011.
Engagement & Impact
One of the Editors -in-Chief of the peer reviewed journal Drugs:education, prevention and policy.