Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Michelle Addison

Research Associate


Michelle is part of a core team developing the Equal North Network, a community of academics, researchers and practitioners across the north of England who share a common interest in addressing health and social inequalities. This network specifically aims to support PHE in taking forward the Due North Report recommendations. The team include Prof Eileen Kaner and Prof Clare Bambra.

Michelle is co-investigator for the study: 'Exploring Novel Psychoactive Substance (NPS) use and its consequences for police practitioners and substance users in the North East of England', working alongside Prof Eileen Kaner, Dr Iain McKinnon, Dr Ruth McGovern, Dr Kelly Stockdale (Teesside University), Will McGovern (Northumbria University), Dr Lisa Crowe, and Chief Inspector Lisa Hogan (Northumbria Police).  

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Michelle is project manager of ATTUNE: Understanding Pathways to Stimulant Use: a mixed-methods examination of the individual, social and cultural factors shaping illicit stimulant use across Europe; working alongside Dr Amy O' Donnell (PI), Prof Eileen Kaner (PI) and Dr Ruth McGovern and EU partners

Previous studies:

ACCEPT - A pilot feasibility randomized control trial of alcohol screening and brief intervention in the police custody setting

Michelle's research interests are in: 

  • Social and health inequalities
  • Stigma
  • Substance Use
  • Criminological settings
  • Identity Formations
  • Gender
  • Social Relations - game-playing, logic of practice
  • Theory: P. Bourdieu; E. Goffman; A. Hochschild 

Previous to this Michelle worked as a Researcher in the private sector for several years, conducting research for clients such as the BBC, ITV, The Northumbrian Criminal Justice Board, UTV, The Children's Society and EMAP. Michelle moved into academia to work as a Researcher on the ESRC funded study: ‘From the coal to the car park?’ with Professor Yvette Taylor (PI) looking at gender intersections within a post-industrial climate. She has also worked on the 'Bright Lights, Big city?', looking at queer identity and scene space within a post-industrial landscape (PIs Prof Yvette Taylor and Dr Mark Casey). She has extensive qualitative experience working with hard to reach demographics, 'elite' groups, and vulnerable groups of people across multiples themes.


Social Sciences (BA Hons) Durham University

Social Research (MA) Newcastle University, 1st Class

PhD, Newcastle University

Grant Awards

Bambra C, Kaner E, Whitehead M, Salway S, Addison M, Moffatt S, Carr S, Powell K, Barr B, Holland P, Taylor-Robinson D, Popay J, Hatton C, Orton L, Collins M, Johnson P. Equal North 2: Taking forward the Due North research agenda. £91,793

McGovern R (PI); Kaner, E.; Gilvarry, E.; Lingham, R.; Alderson, H.; Addison, M.; Geijer-Simpson, E.; Minos, D. 'Addressing the impact of parental substance misuse on children', Public Health England, 2016, £59,903.37

M.Addison (co-I); Kaner, E. (co-I); Crowe, L.; McGovern, R.; McKinnon, I.; French, J.; Benson, K. Exploring Novel Psychoactive Substance (NPS) use and its consequences for police practitioners and substance users in the North East of England. investigator, N8 Police Research Partnership, 2016, £23,500