John Corkery joined the University of Hertfordshire in April 2011 as Research Co-ordinator in the Department of Pharmacy. Prior to this he was the Programme Manager of National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths from 7 March 2005 to October 2010 & Volatile Substance Abuse Mortality Project from April 2009 to October 2010; he remains an advisor to the programme which he helped to set up in 1997 when he was working in the Drugs & Alcohol Research Section of the Home Office.  John worked for the Home Office for 30 years in a range of policy areas including Immigration & Nationality, Prison Department, Fire Service Training & Research, and from 1987 onwards in the Research, Development and Statistics Directorate on topics including Courts & Financial Penalties, Firearms, Capital Punishment, Race & the Criminal Justice System, but especially Drug Statistics.

Having worked with various drug-related indicators for more than quarter of a century, at UK and international levels, John has become a recognised authority/expert on drug-related statistics, especially on drug-related deaths and mortality of drug users. John is a member of the UK’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs’ NPS Committee, and has worked on a number of the Council’s working groups over the last 15 years, and as being a Home Office official on the Working Group on Drug-Related Deaths. He has been the UK Focal Point on Drug’s expert on drug-related deaths since 2000, and has contributed to the work of the European Centre for Drugs & Drug Addiction since its establishment, as well as to the United Nations and World Health Organisation, acting as an advisor to both of the latter agencies.

Specific Home Office research posts included:

Senior Research Officer, 16 June 2003 – 4 March 2005: International & Race Statistics Section – responsible for race statistics on the Criminal Justice System in England & Wales, and on ethnic monitoring in that connection. Collating data from various sources and compiling an annual Command Paper to go to Parliament.

Research Officer, 1 September 2000 to 15 June 2003: Drugs & Alcohol Research Unit – Collection, validation, analysis and publication of statistics on Notified Drug Addicts, Drug Seizures & offenders, etc viagra priser. Manager of project by Forensic Science Service on the chemical and statistical profiling of heroin, and for the National Statistics Review of Drug Seizure and Offender Statistical Series.

Executive Officer (ADP), 5 January 1994 to 31 August 2000: Crime & Criminal Justice Unit – Drugs Research and Statistics Section – as above, plus Scientific Procedures to April 1996.

During this time he studied part-time with the Open University, and was awarded BA Hons (2:1) in 1988 and a MSc in Advanced Educational & Social Research Methods in 1992. This was followed by the award of a MPhil in the Sociology of Religion and Onomastics by King’s College London in 2001. He completed awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education in  2012 and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

John was Senior Research Fellow in Drug Epidemiology, International Centre for Drug Policy (ICDP), St George’s, University of London from March 2005 to August 2010. Programme Manager of National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths from 7 March 2005 to October 2010 & Volatile Substance Abuse Mortality Project from April 2009 to October 2010. He joined the ICDP on a full-time basis in March 2005, having previously held an Honorary Research Fellowship since 1997. Following cessation of Government funding for his post, John became an Honorary Research Fellow in Drug Epidemiology from 1 September 2010 to March 2014.

When not undertaking co-ordinating research or undertaking it directly, John enjoys spending time with his young grandson – he likes to think he is still young at heart.

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