• About

    Dr Ella Dilkes-Frayne completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Criminology in 2009 at The University of Melbourne, and a PhD in 2016 in the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University.  From 2014-17 she worked as a Research Assistant in Sociology at Monash University, in association with the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University. Ella joined the Neuroethics and Public Policy group at BMH as a Research Fellow in 2017.

    Her research at BMH builds on her background in qualitative research in sociology and criminology, and focuses on online counselling for family members concerned about a loved one’s alcohol and other drug consumption. She supervises HDR and honours students in the areas of addiction and online counselling, and is a convenor of Nexus: Monash Social Science, Humanities and Medicine Network.

    Ella's recent publications have addressed the social and spatial contexts of both recreational and problematic alcohol and other drug use. In 2013 she received a guest researcher grant to visit the Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research, Aarhus University, Denmark, and she visited the Chemical Youth Research Program at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands in 2014.


    Top publications:

    Dilkes-Frayne, E., Pienaar, K., Fraser, S., & Kokanovic, R. (2017). Iterating ‘addiction’: Residential relocation and the spatio-temporal production of alcohol and other drug consumption patterns. International Journal of Drug Policy, 44, 164-173.

    Dilkes-Frayne, E., & Duff, C. (2017). Tendencies and trajectories: The production of subjectivity in an event of drug consumption. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space (Online first).

    Pienaar, K., & Dilkes-Frayne, E. (2017). Telling different stories, making new realities: The ontological politics of ‘addiction’ biographies. International Journal of Drug Policy, 44:145-154.

    Dilkes-Frayne, E. (2016). Drugs at the campsite: Socio-spatial relations and drug use at music festivals. International Journal of Drug Policy, 33, 27-35.

    Dilkes-Frayne, E. (2014). Tracing the “event” of drug use: “Context” and the coproduction of a night out on MDMA. Contemporary Drug Problems, 41(3), 445-479.


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