Dr Tristan Duncan

Dr Tristan Duncan

Research Fellow, Clinical and Social Research Team, Turning Point and Monash University


Tristan currently works on the Australian Research Council funded ‘Alcohol Consumption in Crisis’ project team where he explores the role of crises in (re)shaping how alcohol is consumed, experienced, and governed. His research draws on qualitative methods to map these transformations and their connections with gender, social media, and digital technologies. 

Tristan also contributes to Monash University’s Graduate Program of Addictive Behaviours and evaluations of harm reduction and drug treatment initiatives. His research and teaching are informed by social theory and emphasise the social, cultural, and political dimensions of alcohol and other drug consumption and service delivery.


Tristan is a qualitative social researcher, with a background in public health, alcohol and other drugs, and health promotion. His research is concerned with everyday experiences of alcohol and other drug consumption and care, with a particular focus on issues of gender, wellbeing, and equity. 

Tristan’s empirical investigations are theoretically driven and have encompassed drug consumption room interventions, masculinity and men’s drinking, and digital drug practices. In each instance, Tristan adopts an applied research approach – by combining critical theory and qualitative methods, he seeks to encourage more productive and ethical ways of understanding, researching, and governing drug problems. 

Before joining Turning Point, Tristan was as a research associate at the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR), La Trobe University, where he explored digitally-mediated practices of alcohol and other drug consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic. He has also worked in various capacities within the harm reduction and homelessness sectors, including roles in alcohol and other drug outreach, drop-in centre service provision, and overdose prevention program design.

Research interests

  • Critical perspectives on alcohol and drug use and public health
  • Dynamics of alcohol and other drug service engagement and care
  • Harm reduction policy and practice
  • Social theory
  • Qualitative methods
  • Gender, culture and alcohol and other drug use

Contact details

You can contact Tristan at [email protected]

More information

You can view Tristan's work via Research Gate and Google Scholar.