Sarah Fox

I am an Early Career Researcher within the Substance Use and Associated Behaviours (SUAB) research group based in the department of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University. I was awarded my Doctorate in February 2019 with a thesis that explored the journeys to support among women who experienced co-occurring substance use and domestic abuse victimisation; this was funded by the SSA.

I hold a MSc in Drug and Alcohol Studies from The University of Glasgow, an MSc in Applied Social Research from Trinity College Dublin, and a BA (Hons) in Humanities from Dublin City University. I have professional experience in research and social care including children’s support, homeless services, and women’s services.

My area of expertise is women and substance use, influenced by feminist theory. My research uses narrative and creative methods to explore the lived experiences of substance use among women from diverse backgrounds. In 2018 I founded the SUAB PhD group, which includes national and international PhD students working in the area of substance use.

Gendered shame: supporting South Asian women and their families affected by problematic substance use

We will draw from our project exploring the substance use support needs of South Asian women. The research aims to identify the support needs of this group of women and to develop a culturally appropriate service model.  This paper will focus on the women’s reports of the extent to which their family and community helped or hindered their substance use. It will highlight what future services need to do to respond appropriately to their needs. The presentation will include a podcast of a woman talking about her experiences.