Dr Michael Livingston


Dr Michael Livingston

Centre for Alcohol Policy Research

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

Email: m.livingston@latrobe.edu.au
Phone: +61 (3) 9479 8761



Michael Livingston is one of Australia’s leading alcohol policy researchers, with a strong track record of publication, grant success and a commitment to translating research into real policy outcomes. He leads the quantitative research group within CAPR and his work examines trends and patterns in alcohol consumption and harm and the impact of alcohol policies. He has undergraduate qualifications in statistics and criminology, a PhD in population health.

Publications: Dr Livingston has published 87 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 2 books and 3 book chapters since 2007 – 44 in the past two years. His work has been cited more than 4000 times (Google Scholar). His research productivity is steadily increasing, with 44 articles published or accepted in the past two years, doubling the 43 published between 2007 and 2013.

 Grants: Dr Livingston has attracted over $3.5m in career grant funding, including $2.75m in Category 1 grants. He has led successful ARC and NHMRC grants and has been a member of research teams on successful ARC, NHMRC, VicHealth and ANPHA grants in the past 5 years.

 Peer recognition: Dr Livingston has been awarded major prizes from local and international research societies, including early career awards from the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) and the Kettil Bruun Society of Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol and a commendation in the Victoria Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research. He has given invited presentations in Scotland, New Zealand and Canada as well as at major Australian conferences. He has editorial roles at leading Australian and international journals and has recently been invited to be a member of the NHMRC committee to revise the Australian low-risk drinking guidelines.

 Research translation: Dr Livingston is a member of key policy advisory committees, including the Victorian Alcohol Policy Coalition and the Liquor Control Advisory Council. He regularly gives evidence at liquor licensing hearings and has a significant media presence (>600 media mentions since 2013). Dr Livingston was included at #36 in The Age Magazine’s list of 100 influential Melburnians in 2012, recognising the impact that his work has had on Australian planning and liquor licensing policies.


Research interests:

  • Trends in alcohol consumption and harms
  • Alcohol and violence
  • Liquor licensing and the night-time economy
  • Individual and environmental determinants of alcohol-related harm
  • Quantitative methodologies

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