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Dr Michael Savic is a Senior Research Fellow in Addiction Studies at the Eastern Health Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Strategic Lead of Clinical and Social Research at Turning Point, Eastern Health. Michael’s research focuses on the social and cultural contexts of alcohol and other drug use, addiction concepts, treatment and experiences of intervention implementation and care across several mediums. His research is multi-disciplinary in orientation, policy and practice relevant, and often draws on critical approaches and qualitative methods. He coordinates units in the Monash University Master of Addictive Behaviours and is a Culture and Policy Theme leader at the Monash Addiction Research Centre. Michael is a co-convener of the Victorian Substance Use Research Forum, an Associate Editor at the International Journal of Drug Policy, and a Deputy Editor at Drug and Alcohol Review.


Research Interests

  • Critical perspectives on alcohol and drug use, addiction, treatment and recovery
  • Role of clinical tools, practices and interventions in shaping how alcohol and drug ‘problems’ (and the people who access treatment) are framed
  • Experiences of illness, care and treatment
  • Stigma and alcohol and drug use
  • Online technologies for treatment and peer support
  • Gender, culture and alcohol and other drug use
  • Alcohol and drug policy
  • Qualitative research

Michael welcomes enquires from potential collaborators or students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds who have interests in these or related areas. 

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 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Addiction
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Mental Health
  • Digital Health
  • Qualitative Research
  • Medical anthropology
  • Social Theory
  • Science and Technology Studies


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