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, B., Beccaria, F., Bjerge, B., Duke, K., Eisenbach-Stangl, I.,Herring, R., Holmila, M., Houborg, E., Asmussen Frank, V., Moskalewicz, J., Rolando, S., Thickett, A., Warpenius, K. and Welbel, M. (2015). Stakeholder ownership: a theoretical framework for cross national understanding and analyses of stakeholder involvement in issues of substance use, problem use and addiction. Addiction and Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe: Reframing Addictions Project (ALICE RAP).
Herring, R., Bayley, M. and Hurcombe, R. (2014) "But no one told me it's okay to not drink": a qualitative study of young people who drink little or no alcohol, Journal of Substance Use: 19(1-2), 95-102.
Thom, B., Herring, R., Luger, L. and Annand, F. (2014) Delivering Alcohol IBA broadening the base from health to non-health contexts: Review of the literature and scoping. Report submitted to Alcohol Research UK.
Toner, P., Lloyd, C, Thom, B., MacGregor, S., Godfrey, C, Herring, R. and Tchilingirian, J. (2014) Perceptions on the role of evidence: an English policy case study, Evidence and Policy, 10(1), 93-112.
Duke, K., Herring, R., Thickett, A. and Thom, B. (2013) Substitution Treatment in the Era of "Recovery": An Analysis of Stakeholder Roles and Policy Windows in Britain, Substance Use and Misuse, Aug 2013, 48 (11), 966-976.
Thom, B. ,Herring, R., Bayley, M, Waller, S. and Berridge, V. (2013) Partnerships: survey respondents' perceptions of inter-professional collaboration to address alcohol-related harms in England, Critical Public Health, 23 (1), March 2013, 62-76
Thom, B., MacGregor, S., Godfrey, C., Herring, R. , Lloyd, C., Tchilingirian, J. and Toner, P. (2013) The Alcohol Improvement Programme: Evaluation of an Initiative to Address Alcohol-Related Health Harm in England, Alcohol and Alcoholism, 48 (5), 585–591.
Thom, Betsy and Herring, Rachel and Bayley, Mariana and Hafford-Letchfield, Trish and Luger, Lisa and Annand, Fizz and Bristow, Alan (2016) The role of training in delivering alcohol IBA in non-medical settings: broadening the base of IBA delivery. Project Report. Alcohol Research UK.
Thom, Betsy and Herring, Rachel and Bayley, Mariana and Hafford-Letchfield, Trish (2016) Delivering alcohol IBA in housing, probation and social work settings: opportunities and constraints. Project Report. Alcohol Research UK.
Thom, Betsy and Herring, Rachel and Bayley, Mariana (2016) The role of training in IBA implementation beyond primary health care settings in the UK. Drugs: education, prevention, and policy . ISSN 0968-7637 (Published online first)
Herring, Rachel and Thom, Betsy and Bayley, Mariana and Tchilingirian, Jordan (2016) Delivering alcohol identification and brief advice (IBA) in housing settings: a step too far or opening doors? Drugs: education, prevention and policy . ISSN 0968-7637 (Published online first)
Bell, Linda and Lewis-Brooke, Sarah and Herring, Rachel and Lehane, Lynne and O'Farrell-Pearce, Siobhan and Quinn, Karen and So, Theresa (2016) Mothers’ voices: hearing and assessing the contributions of ‘birthmothers’ to the development of social work interventions and family support. In: 6th European Social Work Research Conference - Reflective social work practices in contemporary societies: crossed dialogues and new pathways between praxis and research, 30 Mar - 1 Apr 2016, Lisbon, Portugal.
'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).'Evaluating 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.