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Personal profile


Dr Julie Harris joined the Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJ) team at Ulster University in October 2018.  She is the Subject Director for the CCJ minor degree.  She completed a BA (Hons) in Politics in 2004 and a Master’s in Social Research Methods (distinction) in 2006 at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB).  Julie returned to QUB to complete her Ph.D. in Sociology which was awarded in 2018.  Her Masters and Ph.D. was funded by the Department of Employment and Learning.  

Before joining the CCJ team at Ulster University, Julie taught on a wide range of criminology, sociology and research methods modules at QUB and Ulster University.  She had also worked as a statistician, harm reduction trainer and low threshold, assertive outreach worker for people who use and/or inject drugs.   

Research Interests

Julie's Ph.D. examined transitions to and from injecting drug use and subsequent patterns of use within the context of Northern Ireland.  The research specifically examined risk environment influences upon these processes to identify enabling environments mitigating drug-related harms. Her research findings have been published in leading international journals including Qualitative Health Research and Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Her primary research interests focus on drug consumption practices, harm reduction programmes, drug markets and criminalisation.  She is particularly interested in the drug policy, public health and criminal justice responses to these issues.  Julie has also been involved in research examining gender-specific drug treatment and support experiences, probation, survivors of historic institutional abuse and the impacts of counter-terrorism and emergency legislation.


Teaching Interests


Drugs and Crime (PUP547)

Research Methods for Criminologists (PUP308)

Surveys and Quantitative Methods (SOP708)

Criminology Applied Placement and Learning (PUP349)


Previous Teaching

Introduction to Crime and Deviance (PUP119)

Crime and Criminal Justice (PUP120)

Preparing for your Dissertation (PUP546)

Phd Researcher Profile

Current Ph.D. Students

Zoe Campbell: Charting and understanding the health and social care experiences of those with long-term alcohol dependence.

Joao Raphael Da Silva: Responding to extremism: examining the criminal justice response.

John McQuaide: Harm reduction interventions to improve the health-related quality of life of people with long-term alcohol dependence.

Josie Scott: Sentencing disparities between domestically motivated assaults and non-domestically motivated assaults.

Alison Smyth: An evaluation of a well-being programme for parents of children with ADHD.

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Research Output

Risk perception, changing social context, and norms prevent transition to regular injection among people who smoke heroin

Harris, J., Shorter, G. W., Davidson, G. & Best, P., 1 Mar 2020, In : Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 208, 107878.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Setting the Scene: Alcohol and Drug-Related Deaths in Northern Ireland

    Harris, J., 28 Feb 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

    1 Downloads (Pure)

    Methadone as Social Control: Institutionalized Stigma and the Prospect of Recovery (2012)

    Harris, J. & McElrath, K., 1 Jan 2015, The American Drug Scene: Readings in a Global Context. Oxford University Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Peer injecting: implications for injecting order and blood-borne viruses among men and women who inject heroin (2013)

    McElrath, K. & Harris, J., 1 Jan 2015, The American Drug Scene: Readings in a Global Context. 7 ed. New York: Oxford University Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Researching the 'Vulnerable'

    Harris, J., O'Neill, N. & Pinkerton, J., 30 Jun 2015, Five Common Principles of Social Science Research: Academy of Social Sciences Conference.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


    • 2 Editorial work
    • 2 Invited talk

    Drug and Alcohol Dependence (Journal)

    Julie Harris (Reviewer)

    3 Feb 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

    Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression (Journal)

    Julie Harris (Reviewer)

    26 Mar 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

    Qualitative Data Analysis with NVivo Software

    Julie Harris (Speaker)

    29 May 2013

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Researching Illegal Drug Use

    Julie Harris (Speaker)

    12 Feb 2013

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk