Katinka van de Ven is a participant in the prestigious Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology and is based jointly at the University of Kent and the University of Utrecht. Her research focuses on the trafficking of performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs). In particular, she analyses the ways in which supply networks form and develop in Belgium and the Netherlands in relation to non-medical use amongst bodybuilding and fitness-trainers.
Charlotte Mclean is a Ph.D. student at the Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University. Her research focuses on gathering evidence relating to the extent and characteristics of the use of muscle building drugs (including anabolic steroids and growth hormone) within female amateur or aspiring body builders.
Sophia Mirmigkou is a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher within the University of Leicester’s INTREPID Forensics programme. Her current research focuses on the pharmacology of newly emerging Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS).
Jennifer Brizell is a Ph.D. student at the Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University. Her PhD explores the use of unlicensed weight loss (UWL) drugs in females in the United Kingdom, overall contributing to formulating an appropriate public health response supporting people in making healthier lifestyle choices.
Rebekah Brennan is a Ph.D. student at Waterford Institute of Technology. She is conducting an ethnopharmacological study on the injecting use of performance and image enhancing drugs such as anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, melanotan, botox, dermal filler, and oil injectables like syntherol used to enhance muscle.
Liviu Alexandrescu is a doctoral student at Lancaster University – The Department of Sociology. His research focuses mainly on the moral discourses and materialities of injecting NPS use.
Maurits Beltgens is a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher within the University of Leicester’s INTREPID Forensics programme. His current research focuses on the availability and use of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS).
Rebecca Crook is a Ph.D. student at the Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University. Her research explores the concept of ‘identity’ in non-dependent drug users and their substance related decision making.