Robin Room was the director of the Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs at Stockholm University and a Professor in sociology 1999-2005. He remains affiliated with and retains an appointment at SoRAD.  But since 2006 his primary appointments have been in Australia, as Director of the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, initially at Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre and now at La Trobe University in Melbourne. He was a professor at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, and is now a professor at La Trobe University. 

Topics of interest are: Alcohol and drug policy, social, cultural and epidemiological studies of alcohol, drugs and gambling behaviour, social responses to alcohol and drug problems

For SoRAD, Robin Room has worked in recent years on the ALICE RAP project, a multisite European Union project concerned with redefining addiction across substances and behaviours.  In this context, among other work he coedited and contributed to The Impact of Addictive Substances and Behaviours on Individual and Societal Well-Being (Oxford University Press, 2015), wrote an introduction to a journal issue of historical studies on addiction terminology and the social handling of problematic substance use in Nordic societies (Nordic Studies on Alcohol & Drugs, 2014), co-authored papers on concepts and terms for addiction in English and in Nordic societies, and co-authored with Jenny Cisneros Örnberg a paper on the governance of addictions at the international level.  Room is also involved in preparing the second edition of Drug Policy and the Public Good, in an international group of scholars led by Tom Babor, and in a new book on the epidemiology of gambling problems and on the evidence on strategies to reduce such problems in an international group led by Tom Babor and Pekka Sulkunen, and also involving Cisneros Örnberg from SoRAD.

A good deal of Room’s past work can be found at his website.