The Gender, Law and Drugs (GLaD) program draws on social scientific and legal research methods to develop new critical, socio-legal understanding of gender, sexuality, health and drugs.
Established by ARC Future Fellow and practising lawyer Associate Professor Kate Seear in 2021, the program builds on the leading role played by Australian researchers in the critical study of alcohol and other drugs by championing work with an explicit focus on the links between alcohol and other drugs, gender and the law.
Key research questions the program seeks to explore include:
To answer these and other questions, the GLaD program brings together critical analyses of law and drugs from feminist perspectives, queer theory, science and technology studies and other theoretical traditions, and draws on interdisciplinary research methods from sociology, cultural studies, gender studies and anthropology, among others. Beyond its mission to develop critical drug scholarship in Australia and internationally, the GLaD program seeks to directly inform the design of legislation, policy and social service practice in ways that improve alcohol and other drug-related health and social outcomes in Australia.
The GLaD program is funded through an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship grant, and supported by La Trobe University. It is based at the Bundoora Campus of La Trobe University, Melbourne.