Dr Amy Pennay


Dr Amy Pennay

Email: a.pennay@latrobe.edu.au
Phone: +61 (3) 9479 8725

Address: Level 5, HS2, La Trobe University, Bundoora, VIC 3086, Australia



Amy is a NHMRC Early Career Fellow at CAPR, La Trobe University. Amy has a BA in Criminology and a PhD in Health Sciences. Her PhD explored the social, cultural and economic contexts of alcohol and ‘party drug’ use among young people patronising the night-time economy.

Amy has worked in alcohol and drug research for more than 10 years across a diverse range of methodologies including both qualitative and quantitative studies. She has a keen interest in research methodology, with her PhD utilising an ethnographic, naturalistic study design. Her recent work at CAPR has included studies on the use and effects of alcohol combined with stimulants (including energy drinks) among young adults, alcohol practices among same-sex attracted women and studies of drinking cultures.

Research interests

  • Drinking cultures
  • Social, cultural and economic contexts of alcohol and drug use
  • Public perceptions and understandings of drug use; stigma
  • Alcohol and drug policy
  • Research methodology

Click here for a list of Amy’s publications, book chapters, and presentations.