Staff Profiles

Mr Richard Huggins

Principal Lecturer

Department of Social Sciences

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Richard Huggins

Phone number: +44 (0)1865 483716



Richard Huggins is Principal Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University. He has published a number articles and chapters on globalization, new media and politics and a number of books including New Media and Politics (edited with B. Axford) Sage, Politics: An Introduction (Co-author 1st and 2nd Editions). Over the last ten years he has undertaken various research projects related to substance use and misuse, homelessness and social inclusion including studies of heroin and crack cocaine use in the Thames Valley, needle exchange schemes, youth homelessness and the service needs of children whose parents are substance users. He is a trustee and director of the Substance Misuse Arrest Referral Team, (SMART CJS), Oxford and a trustee (Chair) and director of the Oxfordshire User Team, (OUT) a pioneering user advocacy charity. He was a member Drugs Prevention Advisory Service (DPAS) Regional Training Forum – contributed to the development of the South East Regional Training Strategy and Your Career in Substance Misuse Work: The Challenges and the Opportunities, DPAS/GOSE, 2002-4 and worked with a number of Communities Against Drugs Projects in the Thames Valley. Amongst other community activities he was a member of the management group for the an innovative assertive outreach project for vulnerable young people funded by the Oxfordshire DAAT and delivered by the Youth Offending Team between 2002-2005.He is also a member of the Oxford City and County Regeneration Steering Group. He is a fellow of the Reinvention Centre (Warwick and Oxford) and was a member of the Politics in Action project team (see and is currently working with a number of community, voluntary and statutory agencies in the delivery of a range of community-based research activities. He is also the Secretary of the Global Studies Association see