Dr John Collins

Dr John Collins

Executive Director, International Drug Policy Unit

United States Centre

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Dr John Collins is Executive Director of the LSE IDEAS International Drug Policy Unit. He is also coordinator of the Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy.

He edited the 2012 LSE IDEAS Special Report, Governing the Global Drug Wars, the 2014 Report Ending the Drug Wars and the 2016 Report, After the Drug Wars.

John is coordinating an LSE Research Division project on “Shifting Drug Strategies in Ireland and the UK”.

John earned a PhD from the Department of International History at the London School of Economics. His research focuses on Anglo-American relations and international drug control over the period 1939-1964 and the creation of the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs in 1961. Specifically, his work seeks to locate the issue of drug control both within the context of evolving Anglo-American relations, and the Cold War more broadly.             


drug policy; drug regulation