Dr Sarah MacLean



Sarah has particular expertise in qualitative and policy-focused investigations and a strong interest in collaborative research methods. Sarah’s career spans academic, senior public service, policy advocacy and youth work roles. Much of her research has explored meanings of drug and alcohol use for young people. Her PhD, completed in 2007, was a study of social meanings of inhalant use in Melbourne, Australia. Subsequently she was employed at Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre in Melbourne working on a range of research projects concerning young poeple’s drug use and health service research.  Sarah is shortly to commence a three year postdoctoral fellowship exploring qualitative and quantitative measures of alcohol consumption and associated harms for young people within two local government areas in Victoria, Australia. This study is funded by the Australian Research Council and involves partnership with local governments, the state health department and VicHealth