Drug Policies Beyond the War on Drugs?

Hosted by LSE Works: LSE IDEAS

Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House,


Dr John Collins

Dr John Collins

Professor Lawrence Phillips

Professor Lawrence Phillips

Dr Joanne Csete

Dr Joanne Csete


Dr Michael Shiner

Dr Michael Shiner



Dr Mary Martin

Dr Mary Martin

As countries examine new ways of managing drug issues beyond the problematic and simplistic model of the 'war on drugs', this lecture will examine how LSE research, among others, can help impact and drive government policies. Drawing on a number of LSE IDEAS reports, including the Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy, a decision science based approach to ranking drug harms, the outcomes of the Lancet Commission on Drug Policy, and an examination of cannabis reclassification in the UK  we will examine new methods for evaluating and managing global drug issues.

John Collins is Executive Director of the International Drug Policy Project (IDPP) at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Lawrence Phillips is Emeritus Professor of Decision Sciences in the Department of Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Joanne Csete teaches at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and is a Commissioner of the Lancet Commission on Drug Policy and lead author of the Lancet report Public Health and International Drug Policy.

Michael Shiner is Head of Teaching for IDPP and an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Mary Martin is a Senior Research Fellow in LSE IDEAS and the LSE Department of International Relations. She was previously Director of Communications and Research for Human Security at LSE Global Governance, and from 2006-2010, co-ordinator of the Human Security Study Group, which reports to the High Representative of the European Union. She is also Visiting Professor in International Security at the Barcelona Institute for International Studies (IBEI).

LSE IDEAS (@lseideas) is an IGA Centre that acts as the School’s foreign policy think tank.

LSE Works is a series of public lectures, that will showcase some of the latest research by LSE's academic departments and research centres. In each session, LSE academics will present key research findings, demonstrating where appropriate the implications of their studies for public policy. A list of all the LSE Works lectures can be viewed at LSE Works.

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A copy of Dr John Collins' powerpoint presentation is available to download. Download 'Moving Beyond the Global "War on Drugs"'(pdf)

A copy of Professor Lawrence Phillips' powerpoint presentation is available to download. Download 'An MCDA framework for evaluating and appraising government policy for psychoactive drugs' (pdf)

A copy of Dr Joanne Csete's powerpoint presentation is available to download. Download 'Public health as smoke‐screen in drug policy reform' (pdf)

A copy of Dr Michael Shiner's powerpoint presentation is available to download. Download 'Learning from a foiled reform. Cannabis reclassification in England and Wales' (pdf)

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