Staff Profiles

Angus Bancroft

Angus Bancroft
Dr Angus Bancroft
co-Director for Research Programmes, Graduate School of Social and Political Science
SociologySchool of Social and Political ScienceUniversity of Edinburgh
6.23 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 650 6642
Research Interests
Smoking, Alcohol, Addiction, Public problems, Ethnicity & 'race', Sexuality, Marginalisation, Senses and sensuality, Normalisation and pathologisation, Intensive care recovery, Public health, Politics of the brain and 'nudge' policy, E-learning, Pharmaceutical policy, Visual Sociology, drug policy, drug culture, Big data, human trafficking

Guidance and feedback: Wednesday 11am-1pm. Just email to arrange to meet me outside of that.

Selected Publications

Angus Bancroft (2012) 'Drinking With and Without Fun: Female students' accounts of pre-drinking and club-drinking', Sociological Research Online, 17 (4).

Ralph Fevre and Angus Bancroft (2010) Dead White Men and Other Important People: Sociology's Big Ideas, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Reviews: "This project of self-discovery in alien worlds enables an artful review of topics that over the past two decades have become paramount in sociology." Prof. Steve Fuller, Times Higher Education Supplement.

Visit the website with a regularly updated blog, jargon buster, how to use the book and more resources.

Angus Bancroft (2009) Drugs, Intoxication and Society, Cambridge: Polity PressBuy at Amazon UK.


"As a study of the social relations of psychoactive substances and the myriad myths that surround drug use, this book will make a lasting contribution to the field. Bancroft’s evocation of real and imagined vignettes of everyday drug use and drug-related experience, illuminated accessibly for the reader new to the topic, show the extent to which our lives are imbricated with licit and illicit use of substances from cocaine to coffee. Quotations from Plato to Homer Simpson emphasise the persistence and continuity of intoxication and its problematisation throughout history and across cultures.†Polly Radcliffe, Sociology.

"[A] fascinating and nicely subversive dissection of a universal behaviour - well worth reading." Alex Paton, Alcohol & Alcoholism.

You can listen to me talking about the book on Laurie Taylor's Thinking Allowed, Radio 4, here

Angus Bancroft (2005) Roma and Gypsy-Travellers in Europe: Modernity, Race, Space and Exclusion, Avebury: Ashgate Press.


Topics interested in supervising

I am keen to supervise PhD students in the fields of: drug, alcohol and tobacco use, health and illness, crime and deviance, ethnicity and race, augmented reality, and neuroculture. Recent or current PhD topics include: Drug trafficking, Rape, Pimping, Sexual communication, Roma and Gypsy-Travellers, Human trafficking, Drug policy, Self-harm, Drug treatment, Gender and Karate.

If you are interested in being supervised by Angus Bancroft, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Sociology