Research aims

The broad aims of my research are as follows:

  • To undertake sociological and interdisciplinary research on intoxication in contemporary night-time economies (NTE) and beyond (Ibiza, ‘chill-out’ parties) and building on emergent theoretical concepts such ‘assemblage urbanism’ (Shaw 2014) and securitisation to contribute to our understandings of contemporary urban experiences.
  • To critically analyse how alcohol/NPS/drug policy in the UK and beyond is produced and how policy shapes experiences ‘on the ground’.
  • To understand the role of pleasure and agency in relation to the consumption of alcohol/NPS/drugs.
  • To research the use of digital technologies and social media by social groupings (predominately young adults, specifically trance clubbers) and to explore their potential in sociological and interdisciplinary research.
  • To contribute to debates regarding the significance of dance club scene participation in its local, global and virtual contexts.
  • To provide the research base to shape the development of harm reduction models relevant to the contexts of alcohol/legal/NPS and drug use.

Research to date

To date I have explored what it means to be a ‘committed clubber’ (Moore 2004), the role of ‘insider knowledge’ in the development of Club Studies (Measham and Moore 2006), ketamine use amongst British young people (Moore and Measham 2008), ‘official’ responses to rave and dance club cultures and related drug use (Measham and Moore 2008), ‘impermissible pleasures’ in UK leisure spaces (Moore and Measham 2011); the (re)emergence of MDMA powder and crystal as a ‘premium product’ in the face of falling purity of ecstasy tablets (Measham, Moore and Welch 2009) and displacement and demand in relation to substituted cathinones (such as mephedrone) (Measham, Moore, Welch and Newcombe 2010).

I received funding from the British Academy for a two year project looking at GHB and GBL use focused on the use of these and other drugs amongst gay male clubbers (Moore et al 2013).

I have an enduring interest in digital technologies and social media such as mobile devices and Facebook in terms of how they are used and experienced by ‘committed clubbers’ (Moore 2004, 2006).

I also have an enduring interest in gender notably in digital industries (Moore et al 2008) and in relation to drug use (Moore and Measham 2013).

Most recently I have been developing the concept of ‘digital affect’ to try to capture the relationship between clubbers’ identity formation, emotional commitment to clubbing, and use of digital media technologies (Moore 2010, 2011).

From May 2014, I am working on a critique of contemporary scholarship on Ibiza with a postgraduate researcher Bina Bhardwa, writing on the securitisation of the ‘warehouse rave experience’, and undertaking an ethnographic research project on the trance ‘scene’ in the North of England. Any thoughts are most welcome. Please contact Karenza.