John is Executive Director of the LSE’s International Drug Policy Unit (IDPU), a Fellow of the LSE US Centre and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Yale Centre for the Study of Globalization. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Illicit Economies and Development (JIED), an Open Access journal published by LSE Press. John is also Coordinator and Contributing Editor for the LSE Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy. Previously, he was contributing editor of the 2014 LSE Blue Ribbon report Ending the Drug Wars and the 2012 LSE IDEAS Special Report, Governing the Global Drug Wars. He has led a number of policy projects at IDPU, including a British Council Newton Fund Institutional Links grant with the Universidad de Los Andes, examining ‘illicit drug production and the search for peace in Colombia’; a GIZ partnership developing an ‘Innovation Lab on Drugs and Development’; and an LSE Knowledge Exchange and Impact Project examining drug policy legislative reform in Ireland and the UK.
He is currently a co-Investigator on a Global Challenges Research Fund project examining illicit drug economies in the borderlands of Myanmar, Afghanistan and Colombia and PI on a major Open Society Foundations Institutional Support grant focusing on drugs and sustainable development.
John’s historical research focuses on the political economy of international drug control. He earned a PhD from the Department of International History at the London School of Economics looking at Anglo-American relations and international drug control over the period 1939-1964, culminating in the creation of the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs in 1961. John’s contemporary policy interests focus on the political economy of international drug control and the evolving dynamics on national and international policy reforms.