La Trobe University, Centre for Alcohol Policy Research
Robin Room is a sociologist who has directed alcohol and drug research centres in the United States, Canada and Sweden, and now in Australia, his native country. He is a Professor at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health of the University of Melbourne and at the Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs at Stockholm University, and the Director of the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research at Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia. Hehas received awards for scientific contributions in the U.S., Sweden and Australia, including the premier international award in alcohol studies, the Jellinek Memorial Award for Alcohol Studies, and the 2012 Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Drug and Alcohol Endeavours.
He has been an advisor for the World Health Organisation since 1975, has been a president of an international scientific society, the Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol, and is Editor-in Chief of Drug and Alcohol Review. Professor Room’s research is onsocial, cultural and epidemiological studies of alcohol, drugs and gambling behaviour and problems, and studies of social responses to alcohol and drug problems and of the effects of policy changes.