The Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research

The Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research has been established to take forward the Salvation Army (TSA) Drug and Alcohol Strategy (SDAS) through collaborative working between TSA and the Faculty of Social Sciences in the University of Stirling. Dr Tessa Parkes, Centre Director, is joined by Dr Hannah Carver (Knowledge Exchange Fellow), Marcus Cusack (Knowledge Exchange Assistant) and Dr Maria Fotopoulou (Lecturer in Criminology). Within the Centre, the University of Stirling will deliver the following:

  • New, interdisciplinary research on addictions and on interventions that can prevent related problems for individuals, families and communities;
  • Research on the impact of TSA services;
  • Research synthesis through literature reviews, practice reviews and knowledge exchange activities;
  • Dissemination of new and synthesized research through publication, including on-line publication;
  • Policy analysis and policy briefing to inform the work of the Salvation Army;
  • Education through accredited university programmes;
  • Training for front line Salvation Army workers through cascaded training, short courses, workshops and stand-alone accredited modules.

Read more about the University's partnership with the Salvation Army here.

News and updates relating to the Centre and its research can be found via the sections below:

The Centre have recently been awarded the bid to host the Drugs Research Network Scotland. The Drugs Research Network - Scotland (DRNS) is an interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral and multi-institutional collaboration that aims to develop a Scottish drugs research strategy that will build capacity, maximise research investment and deliver robust and high quality research evidence to inform policy and practice relevant to problem drug use and recovery in Scotland. The DRNS will:

  • commit to the highest standards of excellence and ethical conduct including the management of potential conflicts of interest
  • ensure that all DRNS-sponsored research is delivered in accordance with the Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care (2006)
  • foster a culture of respect, dignity, transparency and fairness in all its operations
  • advocate dialogue as a means of balancing the diverse views on drug misuse
  • be sensitive to the diversity of its membership and aim for consensus decision-making.

A National Coordinator will be appointed in October to support the work of the network and will be based within the Centre. Read more.

We are conducting a meta-ethnography to examine what constitutes effective problem substance use treatment from the point of view of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. This meta-ethnography will synthesise primary qualitative research to gain a deeper understanding of the components of effective treatment for problem alcohol and drug use from the perspective of the service user and develop a model/framework which conceptualises these components. Read more.


We have recently gained funding to host three inter-connected knowledge exchange events to bring together a diverse group of interested participants to identify the key issues in relation to homelessness and problem substance use in Scotland. During these events we will explore innovative local, national and international approaches and facilitate dialogue regarding needs, opportunities and the current appetite for change in this area. This seminar series will:

  • bring people together across sectors and disciplines to discuss the challenges and solutions in terms of harm reduction and health;
  • provide opportunities for creative activity to mobilise and build community and further cohesion between our participants;
  • use the dialogue and activities to create a co-produced film to raise awareness and take forward wider public discussion on our themes
  • foster a cross-sectoral network for academics, practitioners and policy makers involved in devising and implementing responses for this population.

Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research Online Library

The University of Stirling has been home to Scottish Addiction Studies (SAS) for 32 years, providing high quality teaching and research in the addictions. Originally intended for our own online students, the SAS Library was made generally available in 2001 and is currently undergoing an overhaul so that it can continue to provide an invaluable resource in all aspects of substance use and recovery, to students, practitioners, policy-makers and the academic community. SACASR staff are updating the Scottish Addiction Studies Online Library which is now running an improved webhost/updated management system and contains over 1000 thematically organised searchable documents. You can access the library here.

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If you are interested in finding out more about the Centre and/or would like to contact the team then you can email or telephone 01786 467750.

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