Dr Karenza Moore

Welcome to Club Research, located within the Sociology unit of the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology (GPS) at Newcastle University, UK

Club Research is run by me, Dr Karenza Moore, and is the home of academic research on the use of alcohol, illegal drugs, novel psychoactive substances (NPS) and dependency forming medications , drug markets, drug policy, the night-time economy (NTE) and other contemporary leisure spaces, dance music (EDM) club (sub)cultures or ‘scenes’, and drug research methods and ethics. Another strand of my work focuses on gender and digital technologies, young people’s use of digital technologies, and most recently the relationship between ‘deviant pleasure markets’ and digital technologies.

I have been researching and writing about drugs for 18 years. My research explores the prevalence, use patterns, emerging drug trends, meanings, motivations and consequences of drug use (widely defined), especially polydrug use, and drug use in recreational settings, including illegal raves, clubs, festivals and afterparties. Using quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods, and drawing on recent turns towards the material, affective and sensory within the social sciences, I contest simplistic notions of ‘drugs’ and explore drug use as highly contested practices involving moral significance and normative judgements. I am committed to contributing to ‘critical drug studies’, cultural and critical criminology, the sociology of crime and deviance, digital sociology, youth studies and critical public health.

Taking a sociological view of intoxication (rather than or alongside epidemiological, public health and criminal justice approaches), my work explores drug use and intoxication as part of situated practices in specific socioeconomic and cultural contexts such as contemporary night-time economies (NTEs) and domestic party spaces.

I am currently writing around the stigma associated with MDMA use in leisure-pleasure spaces/times, notably in Covid times (quarantine raves, socially distanced events etc). I am also involved in work on ‘liminal leisure’ of disadvantaged young people in England with Dr Nick Woodrow. In 2019 I co-authored a report on the regulation of MDMA/Ecstasy for the Beckley Foundation. In 2018 co-authored a book chapter and an EU report about undertaking targeted population surveys on recreational drug use across Europe, in collaboration with the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and the European Society for Social Drug Research (ESSD).

I am currently conducting an ethnographic research project on the trance and techno ‘scenes’ of the north of England, conducting an online survey around ketamine use in the UK, and writing a book on drug use at parties in domestic spaces. I have written over 40 articles on various issues around drugs, youth cultures, and also gender and technologies.

You can find my Google Scholar profile here

I am a member of Drugs: North West

I hope you find this site useful and interesting.

Dr Karenza Moore, Lecturer in Sociology of Crime (July 2021 onwards), School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University, United Kingdom

Degree: PhD Sociology (Surrey), MA Medical Sociology (Distinction) (University of East Anglia), BA (Hons) Sociology and French (First Class) (UEA), Higher Education Academy Fellow