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