Dr Robyn Dwyer

Robyn Dwyer

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

Ph. +61 3 9479 8791





Robyn is a Research Fellow at CAPR, La Trobe University and Adjunct Research Fellow in the Social Studies of Addiction Concepts (SSAC) Research Program, National Drug Research Institute (Melbourne Office), Curtin University. Robyn has a PhD in public health/anthropology. Her doctoral research – an ethnography of the everyday lives and economic practices of a set of Vietnamese-Australian heroin user/dealers – was centrally concerned with questions of drug user agency, and more broadly with patterns of social interaction, culturally-diverse social networks and social exchange.

Robyn has been involved in qualitative and quantitative alcohol and other drug use research since 1999. She has an academic background spanning anthropology, sociology and public health, and has worked in a variety of settings including universities, research institutes and community/NGOs. Her current work at CAPR focuses on studies of drinking norms and practices among subcultural groups.



  • Drinking cultures and communities of practice
  • Social, cultural and economic contexts of alcohol and drug use
  • Public perceptions and understandings of drug use; stigma
  • Alcohol and drug policy
  • Peer-based harm reduction
  • Injecting drug use
  • Take-home naloxone


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