Through our research, we aim to develop and conduct research that results in a better service for people who experience problematic substance use.
We are an exciting and creative group comprising Manchester Met academics from a range of disciplines, as well as community partners and associates from policy and practice around the UK and internationally.
The overall purpose of SUAB is to develop and conduct research and related activities that ultimately result in a better service for people who experience problematic substance use.
We aim to achieve this through the production of high quality research, ensuring this is disseminated and applied to policy and practice.
End of life care for people with alcohol and drug problems
funded by the Big Lottery Fund, PI – Sarah Galvani, with MMU colleagues Lucy Webb, Jo Ashby, Gemma Yarwood, Carol Haigh, Josie Tetley, Fiona Duncan and Lorna Templeton (Independent Research Consultant).
Evaluation of Aquarius’ Time of My Life Older People and Alcohol Service
co-funded by Aquarius and Alcohol Research UK, PI – Sarah Galvani with MMU colleagues Jo-Pei Tan, Sophie Smailes, Bev Smith, Stephen Jefferies, Kevin Albertson, and Denise Tanner (University of Birmingham)
Prevalence study of New Psychoactive Substance use in Manchester
funded by Manchester City Council Public Health Department, PI – Rob Ralphs with MMU colleagues Paul Gray and Anna Ykhlef
An exploration of the prevalence and nature of New Psychoactive Substance use and drug markets in a custodial setting
funded by MMU Research and Knowledge Exchange, PI Rob Ralphs and Oliver Sutcliffe with MMU colleagues Rebecca Askew and Anna Ykhlef
Performance and Image Enhancing Drugs: Motivations, Pathways and Implications for Public Health, Service Provision and Harm Reduction
funded by MMU Research and Knowledge Exchange, PI Rob Ralphs with MMU colleagues Mike Salinas, Craig Fletcher and William Floodgate (University of Manchester)
Development of rapid screening methods for New Psychoactive Substances (NPS)
funded by MMU Research and Knowledge Exchange, PI Oliver Sutcliffe with MMU colleagues Craig Banks and Ryan Mewis.
New Psychoactive Substances
New Analytical Challenges. PI Oliver Sutcliffe with MMU colleagues Craig Banks and Ryan Mewis in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde (Darren Edwards) and the University of Dundee (Niamh Nic Daeid)
Care leavers: Boom Project
Lucy Webb in association with Greater Manchester Voluntary Services Organisation and Greater Manchester Youth Network, Vulnerable and Disengaged Young People Fund, The Cabinet Office, HM Govt.
Voices from the Brink: Digital technology as outreach among disengaged substance misusers.
Webb and colleagues.
Back from the Brink: supporting disengaged drinkers toward recovery
PI Lucy Webb, MMU Research Institute for Health and Social Care
Trajectories of Recovery: Changing relationship with help seeking and receiving through the recovery process. Testimony from voices in Recovery
PI, Lucy Webb.
Available online from https://www.basw.co.uk/pocket-guides/ or hard copies from BASW.
Curriculum Guidance: Substance Use. The College of Social Work. Available online from: http://www.swapbox.ac.uk/1269/1/Curriculum_Guide_Substance_17July2012_proofed.pdf
We would like to highlight a range of collaborators who have contributed to its research or knowledge exchange. These are organisations who have worked in partnership with us to ensure our research and knowledge exchange remains current and relevant for policy and/or practice. We are grateful to them for their ongoing support.
If you would like to know more about SUAB research group and its activities or talk to us about research collaboration please contact us on