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Professor Robin Room Distinguished Professor CAPR, Ctr Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR)

Professor Robin Room, of the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR), is a sociologist who has directed alcohol and drug research centres in the United States, Canada, Sweden, and Australia. He has been an advisor for the World Health Organization since 1975, and has received awards for scientific contributions in the USA, Sweden and Australia, including the premier award in alcohol studies, the Jellinek Memorial Award for Alcohol Studies, as well as the 2012 Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Drug and Alcohol Endeavours.

Professor Room was a researcher at the Alcohol Research Group in Berkeley, California, a US National Alcohol Research Centre, from 1963 to 1991 and its Scientific Director from 1977 to 1991. He was then Vice-President for Research at the Addiction Research Foundation of Ontario, Canada, from 1991 to 1998. In 1999 Professor Room was appointed professor and founding director of the Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs at Stockholm University. In March, 2006, in addition to becoming the director of CAPR, Professor Room became the Professor of Alcohol Policy Research at the School of Population Health of the University of Melbourne. In 2015, along with the shift of CAPR to La Trobe University, he became a professor at La Trobe.

Professor Room has worked on social, cultural and epidemiological studies of alcohol, drugs and gambling behaviour and problems, and studies of social responses to alcohol and drug problems and of the effects of policy changes. He has been part of many cross-national research projects, and is co-author of 30 books. He has been president of an international scientific society (Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol) and of ADCA, the Australian national peak organisation of nongovernmental organisations in the field of alcohol and drug research.


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