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Addictions Department Staff

Dr Polly Radcliffe

Research Fellow

B.Soc.Sci.(Hons), MA, PhD


Tel: 020 7848 0127



Polly Radcliffe is Co-Applicant and Research Fellow on the ADVANCE programme. She managed the qualitative research in the UK for the ESRC funded Men, Substance Use and Relationships study. She recruited men in substance use treatment for survey questionnaires and conducted qualitative interviews with men who identified as perpetrators of IPV in order to explore their rationales and understandings of perpetrating violence. She conducted a policy mapping exercise and interviewed policy and practice stake holders. She coordinated the national Learning Alliance, wrote a project blog and is lead and co-author of papers and the Framework for working safely and effectively with male perpetrators of IPV in the context of substance use treatment. Polly has over twenty years of experience of qualitative research that has focused on gender and identity in the context of the criminal justice system, substance use treatment and health care services. She has extensive experience of accessing and engaging hard to reach research participants and analysing qualitative data using discourse and narrative analysis. 



Gilchrist, G, Canfield, M, Radcliffe, P & Flavia Pires Lucas D’Oliveira, A, (2017). Controlling behaviours and technology-facilitated abuse perpetrated by men receiving substance use treatment in England and Brazil: Prevalence and risk factors;  Drug and Alcohol Review, 36, pp 52–63

Radcliffe, P.;  Flávia Pires Lucas d’Oliveira, A., Lea, S.; Dos Santos Figueiredo, W. and Gail Gilchrist, (2016). Accounting for intimate partner violence perpetration. A cross-cultural comparison of English and Brazilian male substance users’ explanations. Drug and Alcohol Review, doi:10.1111/dar.12450

Radcliffe, P. and Gilchrist, G. (2016). ‘‘You can never work with addictions in isolation’’:  Addressing intimate partner violence perpetration by men in substance misuse treatment. International Journal of Drug Policy, doi:10.1016/j.drugpo.2016.03.010

Radcliffe,P.; Tompkins,C., (2016). Recovery in addictions policy and practice: meanings and challenges, Guest editorial; Drugs and Alcohol Today, doi:101108/DAT-01-2016-0003

Hughes, L., Fitzgerald, C., Radcliffe, P., Gilchrist, G. (2015). A framework for working safely and effectively with men who perpetrate intimate partner violence in substance use treatment settings. London: King’s College London.

Gilchrist, G., Radcliffe, P., McMurran, M., Gilchrist, L.  (2015). The need for evidence-based responses to address intimate partner violence perpetration among male substance misusers (Editorial). Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health. 25,4, pp: 233–238.

Radcliffe, P. and Hunter, G. (2015). ‘It was a safe place for me to be’. Accounts of attending Women’s Community Services and moving beyond the offender identity, British Journal of Criminology, doi: 10.1093/bjc/azv093.

Fleetwood, J., Radcliffe, P., and Stevens, A., (2015) Shorter sentences for drug mules: The early impact of the sentencing guidelines in England and Wales, Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 22, 5, pp: 428-436.

Radcliffe, P. and Measham, F. (2014). Repositioning the cultural: intoxicating stories in social context. International Journal of Drug Policy, 25, 3, pp: 346–347

Radcliffe, P. and Parkes, T. (2013).The Politics of Providing Pharmacotherapy (Editorial), International Journal of Drug Policy, online e-book publication. PMID: 24183331

Hunter, G.,  Radcliffe, P (2013, May). Are Magistrates Doing Justice to Women Offenders? Criminal Justice Matters, Vol 92(1).

Radcliffe, P. (2011) Substance Misusing Women. Stigma in the Maternity Setting, British Journal of Midwifery, 19 (8): 497 – 504.

Radcliffe, P (2011) Motherhood, pregnancy and the negotiation of identity: the moral career of drug treatment. Social Sciences and Medicine, 72: 984-991. PMID: 21353360  

Stevens A, Radcliffe P, Sanders M, Hunt N. Early exit: estimating and explaining early exit from drug treatment. Harm Reduction J. 2008 Apr 25;5:13. doi: 10.1186/1477-7517-5-13. PMID:18439239.

Radcliffe, P.,  Stevens, A. (2008) Are drug treatment services only for ‘thieving junkie scumbags’? Drug users and the management of stigmatized identities, Social Science & Medicine Volume 67 (7): 1065-1073. PMID:18640760


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