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Dr Claire Wilkinson

Research Fellow

Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (psychology and development studies), University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Science (honours, psychology), University of Melbourne
Diploma of Modern Language (japanese), University of Melbourne
Graduate Certificate in Addiction Research, Dresden International University
Doctor of Philosophy (population health), University of Melbourne

Social Policy Research Centre


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246 Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus
Fields: Public Policy, Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified, Public Health and Health Services

Dr Claire Wilkinson is a Research Fellow at the Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) at the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). She is an NHMRC Early Career Fellow (2018 to 2022).

She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR) at La Trobe University. Claire's PhD evaluated recent and historical approaches to limiting alcohol outlet density at a local level in Victoria using both licensing and planning legislation. Claire’s research on alcohol policy is multidisciplinary drawing on public health, public policy, policy-making and implementation science as well as historical perspectives. Claire uses qualitative and mixed methods. She maintains close links with the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe University, where she worked as a Research Associate prior to commencing at UNSW. She has published over 30 publications including peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and reports.


    Book Chapters

    • Livingston M;Wilkinson C, 2017, 'Controlling density, hours and days of sale and zoning to reduce alcohol-related harm', in Preventing Alcohol-related Problems Evidence and Community-based Initiatives, American Public Health Association
    • Wilkinson C;MacLean S, 2014, 'Enforcement of Liquor Laws: the introduction of civilian inspectors in Victoria', in Stemming the tide of alcohol : liquor licensing and the public interest, Foundation for Alcohol Research & Education, pp. 188 - 195
    • Wilkinson C, 2013, 'Public information and education campaigns', in Alcohol Science, Policy and Public Health, Oxford University Press

    Journal articles

    • Livingston M;Callinan S;Wilkinson C, 2019, 'The impact of high profile restrictions on support for alcohol control policies', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 38, pp. 399 - 405, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.12933
    • Cook M;Wilkinson C, 2019, 'How did live music become central to debates on how to regulate the Victorian night-time economy? A qualitative analysis of Victorian newspaper reporting since 2003', Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, vol. 26, pp. 265 - 272, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09687637.2018.1426730
    • Wilkinson C;McCalman J;Howe R, 2018, 'Commentary on Stanesby et al. (2018): The importance of social change and trends in understanding increases in women's drinking in post-WWII Australia', Addiction, vol. 113, pp. 2203 - 2204, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/add.14433
    • MacLean S;Savic M;Pennay A;Dwyer R;Stanesby O;Wilkinson C, 2018, 'Middle-aged same-sex attracted women and the social practice of drinking', Critical Public Health, pp. 1 - 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09581596.2018.1495828
    • O'Brien P;Gleeson D;Room R;Wilkinson C, 2018, 'Commentary on 'Communicating messages about drinking': Using the 'big legal guns' to block alcohol health warning labels', Alcohol and Alcoholism, vol. 53, pp. 333 - 336, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/alcalc/agx124
    • Wilkinson C;Pennay A;MacLean S;Livingston M;Room R;Hamilton M;Laslett AM;Jiang H;Callinan S;Waleewong O, 2018, 'Addiction research centres and the nurturing of creativity: The Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR), Melbourne: a decade on', Addiction, vol. 113, pp. 568 - 574, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/add.14075
    • O'Brien P;Gleeson D;Room R;Wilkinson C, 2017, 'Marginalising health information: Implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement for alcohol labelling', Melbourne University Law Review, vol. 41, pp. 341 - 391
    • Wilkinson C;Livingston M, 2016, 'Alcohol policy research: Putting together a global evidence base', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 35, pp. 3 - 5, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.12368
    • Wilkinson C;Livingston M;Room R, 2016, 'Impacts of changes to trading hours of liquor licences on alcohol-related harm: A systematic review 2005-2015', Public Health Research and Practice, vol. 26, http://dx.doi.org/10.17061/phrp2641644
    • Wilkinson C;Maclean S, 2013, 'Enforcement of liquor licence provisions: The introduction of civilian licence inspectors in Victoria', Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, vol. 20, pp. 15 - 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/09687637.2012.676106
    • Livingston M;Wilkinson C, 2013, 'Per-capita alcohol consumption and all-cause male mortality in Australia, 1911-2006', Alcohol and Alcoholism, vol. 48, pp. 196 - 201, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/alcalc/ags123
    • Gainsbury SM;Blankers M;Wilkinson C;Schelleman-Offermans K;Cousijn J, 2013, 'Recommendations for international gambling harm-minimisation guidelines: Comparison with effective public health policy', Journal of Gambling Studies, vol. 30, pp. 771 - 788, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10899-013-9389-2
    • Wilkinson C, 2012, 'Responses to risk: Public submissions on Australian alcohol guidelines for low-risk drinking', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 31, pp. 162 - 169, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-3362.2011.00413.x
    • Wilkinson C;Livingston M, 2012, 'Distances to on- and off-premise alcohol outlets and experiences of alcohol-related amenity problems', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 31, pp. 394 - 401, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-3362.2011.00346.x
    • Ferris JA;Laslett A-M;Livingston M;Room R;Wilkinson C, 2011, 'The impacts of others' drinking on mental health', MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, vol. 195, pp. S22 - S26, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000293804500005&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    • Laslett AM;Room R;Ferris J;Wilkinson C;Livingston M;Mugavin J, 2011, 'Surveying the range and magnitude of alcohol's harm to others in Australia', Addiction, vol. 106, pp. 1603 - 1611, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1360-0443.2011.03445.x
    • Ferris JA;Laslett AM;Livingston M;Room R;Wilkinson C, 2011, 'The impacts of others' drinking on mental health', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 195
    • Room R;Ferris J;Laslett AM;Livingston M;Mugavin J;Wilkinson C, 2010, 'The drinker's effect on the social environment: A conceptual framework for studying alcohol's harm to others', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 7, pp. 1855 - 1871, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph7041855
    • Livingston M;Wilkinson C;Laslett AM, 2010, 'Impact of heavy drinkers on others' health and well-being', Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, vol. 71, pp. 778 - 785, http://dx.doi.org/10.15288/jsad.2010.71.778
    • Wilkinson C;Room R, 2009, 'Warnings on alcohol containers and advertisements: International experience and evidence on effects', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 28, pp. 426 - 435, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-3362.2009.00055.x
    • Wilkinson C;Room R;Livingston M, 2009, 'Mapping Australian public opinion on alcohol policies in the new millennium', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 28, pp. 263 - 274, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-3362.2009.00027.x


    Theses / Dissertations

    • Wilkinson C, 2018, Local input in issuing liquor licences: contemporary policy issues in historical context, University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

Honours and prizes

2018 - Late Breaking Presentation Winner, Scientific Alcohol & Drug Conference of the Australasian Professional Society for Alcohol and Other Drugs (APSAD). Auckland, New Zealand


2018-2022: NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (APP 1140292) - Preventing alcohol related-harms: using comparative policy analysis to study the effects and development of local government alcohol policy.($322,952). Sole CI.

Research grants include:

  • Alcohol cultures in middle and older age groups in Victoria – Victorian Health Promotion Foundation
  • Alcohol Availability Trends in Australia – Western Australia Mental Health Commission, for The Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs (Federal Government)
  • Community impact of liquor licences - NSW Ministry of Health

Engagement and Professional contributions

Deputy Editor, Drug and Alcohol Review

Member,Kettil Bruun Societyfor Social andEpidemiologicalResearch onAlcohol

Member, Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol & other Drugs

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