Fay Dennis

Staff details

Position Wellcome Research Fellow
Department Sociology
Email f.dennis (@gold.ac.uk)
Fay Dennis

Fay Dennis is a Wellcome Research Fellow in Social Science and Bioethics in the Department of Sociology (mentored by Professor Marsha Rosengarten and Dr Rebecca Coleman). Her research explores the increase in drug-related deaths in the UK through an ethnographic method of body mapping.

Fay was previously a Mildred Blaxter Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department, funded by the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness. During this time, she worked on disseminating her PhD research (undertaken at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine), which explored injecting drug use experiences and practices, with a particular interest in pleasure as a neglected topic in drug research and policy. She has also worked as a researcher at King’s College London on a national project investigating the role of substance use in intimate partner violence. 

Research Interests

Her research interests include sociological theories of the body, Science and Technology Studies, substance use, and ‘inventive’ research methods.

Fay has published articles in Critical Public Health, Contemporary Drug Problems, International Journal of Drug Policy, Journal of Media and Culture, and co-edited a themed collection on 'Drugged Pleasures' for the International Journal of Drug Policy. She currently has a book under contract at Routledge with the provisional title: ‘Injecting bodies in more-than-human worlds’.

Fay is on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Drug Policy and the Sociology of Health & Illness. She co-convenes the BSA Study Groups on New Materialisms and Medical Sociology (London). She is a member of the London Conference in Critical Thought (LCCT) collective, and Goldsmiths' Centre for Invention and Social Process.



Dennis, Fay. 2019. Injecting Bodies in More-than-Human Worlds. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9781138609556

Edited Journal

Dennis, Fay and Farrugia, Adrian, eds. 2017. Materialising drugged pleasures: Practice, politics, care, International Journal of Drug Policy, 49. 0955-3959


Dennis, Fay; Rhodes, Tim and Harris, Magdalena. 2020. More-than-harm reduction: Engaging with alternative ontologies of ‘movement’ in UK drug services. International Journal of Drug Policy, 82, ARTN102771. ISSN 0955-3959

Dennis, Fay. 2020. Advocating for diamorphine: Cosmopolitical care and collective action in the ruins of the ‘old British system’. Critical Public Health, ISSN 0958-1596

Dennis, Fay. 2020. Mapping the drugged body: Telling different kinds of drug-using stories. Body & Society, ISSN 1357-034X

Dennis, Fay. 2019. Making Problems: The Inventive Potential of the Arts for Alcohol and Other Drug Research. Contemporary Drug Problems, 46(2), pp. 127-138. ISSN 0091-4509

Dennis, Fay. 2017. Conceiving of addicted pleasures: A ‘modern’ paradox. International Journal of Drug Policy, ISSN 0955-3959

Dennis, Fay. 2017. The injecting ‘event’: harm reduction beyond the human. Critical Public Health, 27(3), pp. 337-349. ISSN 0958-1596

Dennis, Fay. 2016. Drugs: Bodies Becoming “Normal”. Journal of Media and Culture, 19(1), ISSN 1441-2616

Dennis, Fay. 2016. Encountering “Triggers”. Contemporary Drug Problems, 43(2), pp. 126-141. ISSN 0091-4509