Dr Judith A Aldridge - personal details
Judith Aldridge is originally from Toronto Canada, but has lived and worked in Manchester since 1989. Judith's current research projects include one on sales and purchasing decisions of the (recently criminalised) drug mephedrone, and another on drug dealing and other ways of doing business within gangs.
Judith has co-authored a number of books on young people's drug use. Illegal Leisure Revisited, the second edition of the best-selling Illegal Leisure: The Normalisation of Adolescent Recreational Drug Use (Routledge 1998) is due out in autumn 2010. A two year study of dance drug use culminated in the publication ofDancing on Drugs: Risk, Health and Hedonism in the British Club Scene (Free Association Books 2001). UK Drugs Unlimited describes results from number of research studies undertaken during the life of the SPARC research centre (Palamin 2001).
She was Principal Investigator on an ESRC funded ethnographic study of youth gangs in an English city. Articles from the research have been published in Children and Society, Research Ethics Review, the Journal of Youth Studies, and in a number of edited collections. A book describing the results of this research is under contract with Willan, and due out early in 2011. Judith collaborated with Home Office researchers in Britain to produce 'gang' questions for the 2004-8 Offending Crime and Justice Survey, resulting in the first nationally representative data on gangs and co-offending. Longitudinal analysis of subsequent sweeps of this survey is currently under way, funded by Nuffield.
She teaches in the areas of drugs, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and statistics.
She is Deputy Director of Research and Director of Postgraduate Research for the School of Law.