Dr Adrian Farrugia

Research Fellow

Adrian is a Research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University. Adrian’s research focuses on understandings of addiction and health, youth drug consumption, drug education and other health interventions. He has a multidisciplinary background in Indigenous Studies, Politics and Education. Adrian’s current research focusses on the impediments to the uptake of take-home naloxone (THN) in Australia. Part of the Social Science of Addiction Concepts (SSAC) research program, this qualitative project will collect the stories of people who consume opioids and health professionals to understand the meanings of THN and shed light on impediments to scale-up.

Adrian’s current research on THN continues his focus on health promotion developed during his PhD research which analysed how young people, their drug consumption and their social lives are constituted in Australian classroom drug education and social marketing. Adrian has published on young men’s drug consumption and friendship, young men’s understandings of health promotion information, gender and drug education and neuroscientific accounts of youth and addiction.

For a full list of Adrian’s publications and projects, click here.


Adrian welcomes supervision opportunities in the sociology of alcohol and other drug consumption, youth drug consumption, drug education and health promotion, masculinity and gender and social approaches to health and illness more broadly. His theoretical interests include post-structural and post-human approaches to subjectivity, materiality and the body. Adrian has particular interest in the use of Deleuze and Guattari, Latour and Actor Network Theory and Science and Technology Studies (STS) in qualitative research.


  • PhD Health Sciences, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University
  • BEd (Hons), Monash University
  • BA/BEd Indigenous studies, Politics, ESL education, Monash University

Research Interests

Understandings of addiction, illicit drug consumption and treatment, drug education and health promotion, youth illicit drug use, gender and the body, the sociology of health.