Welcome to Club Research, located within the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University, a top ten UK academic institution.

Club Research is run by me, Dr Karenza Moore, and is the home of academic research on alcohol, illegal drug and novel psychoactive substance (NPS) use, the night-time economy (NTE) and electronic dance music (EDM) club (sub)cultures or ‘scenes’.

I have been researching and writing about clubs, club drugs and dance music fans for nearly 15 years. My research explores the roles that raving/clubbing and related drug use play in the lives of people today. Using predominately ethnographic 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’.

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 written 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 written a report on the regulation of MDMA/Ecstasy for the Beckley Foundation. All three publications are in press and will be out late Summer 2018.

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 a five year ethnographic research project on the ‘trance scene’ in the north of England, and a study on post-dance-event afterparties.

I hope you find this site useful and interesting.

Dr Karenza Moore

Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology

Department of Sociology

Lancaster University

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

Associated research centres and groups: Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies

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