Mr Richard Huggins

Principal Lecturer


Richard Huggins is Principal Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University. He has published a number articles and chapters on globalization, new media and politics and a number of books including New Media and Politics (edited with B. Axford) Sage, Politics: An Introduction (Co-author 1st and 2nd Editions). Over the last ten years he has undertaken various research projects related to substance use and misuse, homelessness and social inclusion including studies of heroin and crack cocaine use in the Thames Valley, needle exchange schemes, youth homelessness and the service needs of children whose parents are substance users. He is a trustee and director of the Substance Misuse Arrest Referral Team, (SMART CJS), and a trustee (Chair) and director of the Oxfordshire User Team, (OUT) a pioneering user advocacy charity. He was a member Drugs Prevention Advisory Service (DPAS) Regional Training Forum – contributed to the development of the South East Regional Training Strategy and Your Career in Substance Misuse Work: The Challenges and the Opportunities, DPAS/GOSE, 2002-4 and worked with a number of Communities Against Drugs Projects in the Thames Valley. Amongst other community activities he was a member of the management group for the an innovative assertive outreach project for vulnerable young people funded by the Oxfordshire DAAT and delivered by the Youth Offending Team between 2002-2005.He is also a member of the Oxford City and County Regeneration Steering Group. He is a fellow of the Reinvention Centre (Warwick and Oxford) and was a member of the Politics in Action project team (see and is currently working with a number of community, voluntary and statutory agencies in the delivery of a range of community-based research activities. He is also the Secretary of the Global Studies Association see

Recent and forthcoming publications include:

Axford, B and Huggins, R(2003), (Guest Editors) ‘ICT, Local Governance and Democracy', (Special Edition) Telematics and Informatics, 20,3.

Huggins, R and Sondhi, A (2005) ‘Towards and Effective Case Management Model for Arrest Referral: Implications for Criminal Justice Interventions for Problem Drug Users' accepted by Drugs Policy, Prevention and Education Volume 12, 2005.


Huggins, R (2006), ‘Mapping Addiction: Embodiment, Drug Use, and Representation' in D. Waskul and P. Vannini (Eds), Body/Embodiement: Symbolic Interaction and the Sociology of the Body. Ashgate..


Huggins, R, (2007), “Normalisation of Drug Use and the Criminal Justice System in the UK” in Manning, P, Popular Culture and Drug Use, Devon, Willan Publishing.

Axford, B and Huggins, R, (2007), ‘The European Information Society: European public spheres, informal cosmopolitanism and the slow death of methodological nationalism'in C, Rumford, (Ed), Cosmopolitanism and Europe, Studies in Social and Political Thought, Liverpool, Liverpool University Press.






Huggins, R, (2010), ‘Images of Addiction: The Body and Illicit Drug Use in Popular Media' Fleshed Out: Key Readings in Social and Cultural Studies of the Body, co-edited with Lisa-Jean Moore, New York, New York University Press.


He is currently completing a book for Willanpublishing entitled Dealing with Drugs: Strategy, Policy and Practice which will be published in 2010 and working on a 3rd Edition of Politics: An Introduction for Routledge.