Dr. Rachel Herring is a Senior Research Fellow with a particular interest in social and policy aspects of alcohol and drug 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). She is Co-Director of the Drug and Alcohol Research Centre and also a Co-Editor in Chief of the peer-reviewed international journal Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy
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.
Bell, Linda and Lewis-Brooke, Sarah and Herring, Rachel and Lehane, Lynne and O'Farrell-Pearce, Siobhan (2020) Mothers' voices: hearing and assessing the contributions of 'birth mothers' to the development of social work interventions an family support. British Journal of Social Work . ISSN 0045-3102 (Accepted/In press)
Somerville, Linda Alexandra and Thom, Betsy and Herring, Rachel (2020) Public health participation in alcohol licensing decisions in England: the importance of navigating "contested space". Drugs and Alcohol Today . ISSN 1745-9265 (Published online first)
Thom, Betsy and Herring, Rachel and Milne, Emma (2020) Drinking in pregnancy: shifting towards the 'precautionary' principle. In: Risk and substance use: framing dangerous people and dangerous places. MacGregor, Susanne and Thom, Betsy , eds. Routledge Studies in the Sociology of Health and Illness . Routledge, pp. 66-87. ISBN 9781138491243
Herring, Rachel and Thom, Betsy and Duke, Karen L. (2020) Translation and transferability of approaches and intervention programmes: cross country report WP7. Project Report. Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Middlesex University.
Vashishtha, Rakhi and Livingston, Michael and Pennay, Amy and Dietze, Paul and MacLean, Sarah and Holmes, John and Herring, Rachel and Caluzzi, Gabriel and Lubman, Daniel I. (2019) Why is adolescent drinking declining? A systematic review and narrative synthesis. Addiction Research & Theory . ISSN 1606-6359 (Published online first)
'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.
One of the Editors-in-Chief of the peer reviewed journal Drugs: education, prevention and policy.