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Curtin University
National Drug Research Institute

Preventing Harmful Drug Use In Australia

NDRI staff member

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Dr Aaron Hart

Research Associate


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Aaron is Research Associate at the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University. Aaron’s current research on performance and image enhancing drug (PIED) use focuses on the ways that individuals give meaning to PIED use and the practices associated with it (e.g. injecting, gender and the body, health, the self, hepatitis C risk). It will develop insights into the preferences for harm minimisation information among people who use PIEDs, and ideas about how health professionals and service providers might respond to PIED use.


  • PhD Sociology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University
  • BA (Hons) Political Science and Philosophy, University of Melbourne

Research Interests

  • Aaron's research focuses on intersections between public health, human service practice, disadvantage and social stratification. His PhD – awarded in 2016 by Curtin University – investigated the ways in which social and economic disadvantages transform young adults’ heavy drinking events. It contributed to the fields of alcohol epidemiology, public policy and clinical science. Aaron has previously worked as a researcher for a number of community service organisations and has published about youth homelessness, unemployment and economic development.

Current projects

  • Understanding performance and image enhancing drug (PIED) injecting to improve health and minimise hepatitis C transmission Details


Murphy, D.A., Hart, A.C. and Moore, D. (2017). Shouting and providing: Forms of exchange in the drinking accounts of young Australians. Drug and Alcohol Review, 36, (4), pp. 442-448. DOI: 10.1111/dar.12444 [RJ1189] Paper

Hart, A.C. (2016). Good Sports, drinking cultures and hegemonic masculinities in a community sporting club case study. Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy, 23, (4), pp. 302-311. DOI: 10.3109/09687637.2015.1136267 [RJ1273] Paper

Scott, N., Hart, A.C., Wilson, J.C., Livingston, M., Moore, D. and Dietze, P. (2016). The effects of extended public transport operating hours and venue lockout policies on drinking-related harms in Melbourne, Australia: Results from SimDrink, an agent-based simulation model. International Journal of Drug Policy, 32, pp. 44-49. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2016.02.016 [RJ1142] Paper

Scott, N., Livingston, M., Hart, A.C., Wilson, J.C., Moore, D. and Dietze, P. (2016). SimDrink: An agent-based NetLogo model of young, heavy drinkers for conducting alcohol policy experiments. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 19, (1). DOI: 10.18564/jasss.2943 [RJ1089] Paper

Hart, A.C. and Moore, D. (2014). Alcohol and alcohol effects: Constituting causality in alcohol epidemiology. Contemporary Drug Problems, 41, (3), pp. 393-416. DOI: 10.1177/009145091404100306 [RJ965] Paper

Non-NDRI Publications

Grace, M., Keys, D. and Hart, A.C. Homeless university students: experiences with a foyer-type service. Journal of Social Inclusion, 3, (1). [In Press] [RJ]

Grace, M., Keys, D., Hart, A.C. and Keys, B. (2011). Achieving Extraordinary Aspirations: A research project exploring the role that the Step Ahead Youth foyer has played in the lives of young people affected by homelessness. Victoria University, Melbourne Citymission, Melbourne. [T]

Grace, M., Keys, D., Hart, A.C. and Keys, B. (2011). Responding to youth homelessness - young people's experiences with a foyer-type service. Parity, 24, (9). [UJ]

Grace, M. and Hart, A.C. (2009). Regulation of Privatised Public Utilities: Interest & Ethics. Just Policy, 50. [RJ]

Considine, M. and Hart, A.C. (2008). Integrating Homeless Young People into Housing and Employment. In Considine, M. and Giguerre, S. (eds.) The Theory and Practice of Local Governance and Economic Development. Palgrave, London. [CH]

Hunt, J. and Hart, A.C. (2008). Transitional labour market programs: procurement for social inclusion?. presented at Partnerships for Social Inclusion conference, 2008, Centre for Public Policy, Melbourne. [UP]

Considine, M. and Hart, A.C. (2006). Designing Local Governance Partnerships: Issues and Dynamics in Two Australian Cases. presented at Government and Communities in Partnership conference, Centre for Public Policy, Melbourne 2006. See [UP]