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Jessica Spratt, (PhD Researcher)

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Jessica Spratt is a first year PhD Researcher at Ulster University in the School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences. She completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Ulster University in 2019 and a MRes of Social Science Research at Queen's University Belfast in 2021. 

She returned to Ulster in September 2022 to begin her PhD, for which she was awarded a NINE DTP studentship with the ESRC. 

Research Interests

Jessica's PhD research is an investigation into drug use amongst members of the LGBTQ+ communities in Northern Ireland, and is in collaboration with The Rainbow Project and The Department of Health. 

Her primary research interests are drug use, particularly recreational or non-problematic use, drug policy, and harm reduction. 

PhD Researcher Profile

Jessica presented at a Drugs Science event hosted by Queen's University Belfast in March 2023, where she presented the findings from her Masters research on the consideration of pleasure in drug policy in the UK and Ireland.

Teaching Interests

Jessica is employed as a postgraduate teaching assistant on the BSc Criminology and Criminal Justice degree programme. She has taught on the Crime and Criminal Justice and Research Methods for Criminologists modules.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Masters of Research, Social Science Research, Queen's University Belfast

1 Sept 20201 Sept 2021

Award Date: 9 Dec 2021

Bachelor, BSc Hons, Criminology and Criminal Justice

Sept 2016Jun 2019

Award Date: 4 Jul 2019


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • drug use
  • harm reduction
  • LGBTQ+
  • drugs


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