Professor Robin Room


Principle Research Fellow 
Professor Robin Room
Phone: +61 94798780

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


The Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR) has been led by Professor Robin Room in the last 12 years, who has worked throughout his career in the alcohol and other drug research field. Professor Room is a sociologist who has directed alcohol and drug research centres in the United States, Canada and Sweden, and now in Australia, his native country. He has been an advisor for the World Health Organization since 1975, and has received awards for scientific contributions in the USA, Sweden and Australia, the premier award in alcohol studies, the Jellinek Memorial Award for Alcohol Studies, as well as the prestigious 2012 Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Drug and Alcohol Endeavours.

Professor Room was a researcher at the National Alcohol Research Centre (Berkeley, California) from 1963 to 1991; he was appointed as the Scientific Director from 1977 to 1991. He was later appointed as Vice-President for Research at the Addiction Research Foundation of Ontario, Canada, from 1991 to 1998. In 1999 Professor Room was appointed professor and founding director of the Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs at Stockholm University. In March, 2006, in addition to becoming the director of CAPR, Professor Room became the Professor of Alcohol Policy Research at the School of Population Health of the University of Melbourne. In 2015, along with the shift of CAPR to La Trobe University, he became a professor at La Trobe.

Professor Room has worked on social, cultural and epidemiological studies of alcohol, drugs and gambling behaviour and problems, and studies of social responses to alcohol and drug problems and of the effects of policy changes. He has been part of many cross-national research projects, and is co-author of 30 books. He has been president of an international scientific society (Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol) and in 2006-2012 of the Australian national peak organisation of nongovernmental organisations in the field, the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA). He is Editor-in-Chief of Drug and Alcohol Review, an international, peer-reviewed journal.

The centre which Professor Kuntsche and Room direct, CAPR, presently includes ten other research staff: Dr Michael Livingston, Dr Amy Pennay, Dr Anne-Marie Laslett, Dr Sarah Callinan, Dr Jason (Heng) Jiang, Dr Elizabeth Manton, Dr Sarah MacLean, Janette Mugavin, Claire Wilkinson and Oliver Stanesby.

Research interests:

  • Social, cultural & epidemiological studies of alcohol, drugs and gambling behaviour and problems
  • Studies of social responses to alcohol and drug problems and effects of policy changes

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