Welcome to Club Research, located within the School of Health and Society at Salford University, Manchester, 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 (DFM), 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 15 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 as part of situated practices in specific socioeconomic and cultural contexts such as contemporary night-time economies (NTEs) and domestic party spaces.

Most recently, I have 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 have also co-authored a report on the regulation of MDMA/Ecstasy for the Beckley Foundation.

I have previously written about gender and drug use (Moore and Measham 2013); undertaken a critique of recent scholarly activity on the Balearic ‘party island’ of Ibiza (Moore and Bhardwa 2014); and used the emergent concept of ‘assemblage urbanism’ (Shaw 2014) to explore licensing, ‘securitisation’ and the concept of ‘atmosphere’ (or ‘vibe’) in urban playspaces at night (Moore 2016).

I am also conducting an ethnographic research project on the ‘trance scene’ in the north of England, and a study on post-dance-event afterparties.

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 Criminology

Department of Sociology and Criminology

Salford University

United Kingdom

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


Shaw, R. (2014) Beyond Night-time Economy: Affective atmospheres of the urban night, Geoforum, 51: 87-95.