Professor Peter Trubowitz is Project Director of the International Drugs Policy Unit. Professor Trubowitz is Department Head of International Relations and Director of the US Centre at the LSE and Associate Fellow at Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs.
John Collins 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.
Sallyann Oates is the Administrative Coordinator for the International Drug Policy Unit.
Alexander Soderholm is the Policy Coordinator of the IDPU. He completed an MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies at the LSE in 2015. Upon finishing his studies, he interned for the UNODC in Tehran, having previously worked in a number of developing countries. His research focuses on the intersection between drugs and development, specifically on scaling up harm reduction in the Middle East.
Head of Teaching
Michael Shiner is Head of Teaching for the IDPU. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Policy at LSE. Michael has published widely around the place and meaning of illicit drug use in late industrial societies, including patterns of use and desistance; drug law enforcement; and the politics of drug control. He is author of Drug Use and Social Change: The Distortion of History.
Honorary Senior Associate
George P. Shultz is an Honorary Senior Associate of the International Drug Policy Unit. Mr Shultz’s remarkable career spans academia, business and government. He served as US Secretary of Labor (1969-70), Director of the Office of Management and Budget (1970-72), US Secretary of the Treasury (1972-74) and US Secretary of State (1982-89). Previously he was a professor of economics and MIT and the University of Chicago, as well as Dean of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Between government roles he served as an executive at Bechtel, eventually becoming its president.
Visiting Senior Fellow
David Mansfield is a Visiting Senior Fellow associated with the International Drug Policy Unit. He currently works as an independent consultant, advising organisations such as the UK Government, the EC, the World Bank, GTZ, and various NGOs on both policy and operational issues with regard to illicit drugs in Afghanistan and on alternative livelihoods in particular. He has worked in overseas drugs and development issues since 1991 and has experience in each of the major drug producing regions of South and South East Asia, and Latin America.
Mark Shaw is a Senior Associate with the International Drug Policy Unit. He is Director of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime, a global policy and practitioner network based in Geneva. He is also the National Research Foundation Professor of Security and Justice at the Centre of Criminology, University of Cape Town.
Senior Research Associates
Joanne Csete is on the faculty of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health (New York, USA) where she teaches health and human rights. She was previously the deputy director of the Global Drug Policy Program of the Open Society Foundations and the founding director of the HIV Program at Human Rights Watch (New York). She worked on HIV and other health programs in sub-Saharan Africa for many years, including in the UNICEF Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa. She is an associate editor of the journal BMC International Health and Human Rights and a member of the UN Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights. She was the lead author of the 2016 report of the Lancet Commission on international drug policy and public health.
Dr Caitlin Hughes is a Senior Research Associate with the LSE International Drug Policy Unit (IDPU). She is a criminologist and Senior Research Fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Australia. She works as part of the multi-disciplinary Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) which seeks to improve Australian drug policy by identifying what works, translating research evidence and engaging directly with policy makers. Dr Hughes' prime focus is improving understanding of the effects of different legislative regimes and law enforcement approaches, and the role of law enforcement relative to other aspects of drug policy. Read her full bio.
Emile Dirks is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. His research examines how local state and community actors collaborate to implement drug harm reduction services and HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention programs aimed at socially vulnerable communities in Yunnan Province, China. Previously, Emile was a visiting researcher at Yunnan University's School of Public Administration, where he was funded by a Chinese Government Scholarship provided through the Canada-China Scholars Exchange Program.Emile is also a graduate of the London School of Economic's MSc China in Comparative Perspective program (2009-2010).
Luiz Guilherme Paiva holds an MSc and PhD in criminal law at the University of São Paulo. He was the head of the Secretariat for Drug Policy at the Ministry of Justice of Brazil, and coordinated the country's position for the Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGASS 2016). Previously, he was Chief Advisor to the President of the Federal Supreme Court of Brazil and a member of the National Council for Criminal and Penitentiary Policy, responsible for overseeing prison conditions in the country. He is currently the coordinator for Legislative Affairs at the Brazilian Institute for Criminal Sciences. His current research interest focus on criminal justice reform and drug-related overincarceration, and the legal implications of drug policy and development issues on urban settings. Besides his participation as a member of Brazilian delegation on several UNODC, OAS and regional commissions, Luiz is a regular contributor as an independent expert on international forums on drug policy, including the GIZ, MFLF and UNODC Expert Group Meeting on Alternative Development, and the LSE and GIZ "Innovation Lab on Drugs and Development".
Jay Pan is a Research Associate at IDPU. He is also a research student at the LSE and works on illicit drug markets in Latin America as well as anti-slavery in colonial Africa.
Christian Schneider is an illicit drug market and drug policy analyst currently working at the Swiss Federal Office of Police. In his role, he assists the Swiss government and Swiss police forces in understanding how illicit drug markets affect the crime situation in Switzerland. He also serves as a member of the International Police Advisory Group of the Law Enforcement and HIV Network (LEAHN). Christian holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Zurich, an MSc in Security Sector Management from Cranfield University and a PhD in International Relations from the University of Zurich. His research interests focus on how states address the challenges of transnational illicit flows, with an emphasis on how these flows are measured and monitored, how government agencies adapt to them and why states create international frameworks to solve the problems created by them.
Nick Werle is a research associate at IDPU. He is also a law student at the Yale Law School, where he works on US drug policy and the international law of drug control. He has also contributed to the IDPU’s work on Irish drug policy reform. With the support of the UK’s Marshall Scholarship, Nick received an MSc in risk and finance from the LSE and MSc in economic policy from University College London.