Fiona Measham has been Professor of Criminology in the Department of Sociology at Durham University since 2013. Fiona has conducted research for three decades exploring changing trends in drugs and intoxication, festival and night time economies, and the wider socio-cultural context to consumption. Fiona’s current research programme includes annual research at UK festivals exploring the prevalence and policing of festival drug and alcohol use; mapping local drug markets; research and evaluation of drug safety testing services; a study of sexual harassment and sexual violence at festivals; and a partnership developing rapid forensic analysis for public health.
Fiona completed her US Inside-Out prison exchange programme instructor training in 2013 and with Durham University colleagues, introduced Inside-Out in the UK in 2014. She is Director of an Inside-Out programme taught annually at two men’s and one women’s prisons at undergraduate and postgraduate level and accredited by Durham University. After qualifying as a yoga teacher with the UK Yoga Alliance in 2018 she now incorporates this in her prison teaching.
At UK policy level, after being appointed to Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs by the Home Secretary in 2009 to 2018, Fiona remains a permanent member of the ACMD Technical Standing Committee and New Psychoactive Substances Standing Committee. Fiona is also a founding member of David Nutt’s DrugScience committee.
Fiona is co-founder and co-director of The Loop (established in the UK in 2013) and The Loop (established in Australia in 2018), both non profit NGOs providing an integrated service of drugs, alcohol and sexual health advice and support, forensic testing for harm reduction, heath consultations, staff training, research and evaluation. The Loop is best known for introducing Multi Agency Safety Testing (MAST) to UK festivals in 2016 and UK cities in 2018. For more details see: www.wearetheloop.org.