Professor Ross Coomber
Profiles

Professor Ross Coomber

Visiting Specialist

Faculty of Business (NC)

Role

Professor of Sociology

Director, Drug and Alcohol Research Unit http://https://sites.google.com/site/uopdaru/

Qualifications

Qualifications

1999 - Ph.D. University of Greenwich: 'Perceptions of illicit drugs and drug users: myth-understandings and policy consequences’

1985 - 1986: MSc Sociology with Politics. Birkbeck College, University of London

1982 - 1985: BA (Hons.) Sociology. University of Greenwich

Previous Employment

Sept 1989 - 2002: Principal Lecturer, University of Greenwich, Department of Sociology

Sept 1986 - 1989: Research Fellow, Birkbeck College, University of London

Professional membership

Professional Memberships

British Sociological Association (Council Member)
British Society of Criminology
European Society for Social Drug Research

Editorial Board Memberships

Joint editor (with Gayle Letherby) Sociological Research Online - Dec 2008 - Feb 2012
Joint editor (and co-founder), Methodological Innovations Online, April 2005 -

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Drug Issues, Feb 1998 -
Editorial Board Member, Addiction Research and Theory, July 2003 -
Editorial Board Member, Contemporary Drug Problems, April 2010 -
Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Drug Policy, Jan 2012 -
Editorial Board Member, Internet Journal of Criminology, Jan 2003 -

Previous Memberships

Editorial Board Member, The Qualitative Report, Feb 2003 - April 2010
Editorial Board Member, Sociological Research Online, May 2004 – Oct 2007
Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Drug Policy, August 1995 – March 1999
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Performance Enhancing Drugs, March 1996 –1999

Roles on external bodies

July 2012 - Expert member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) Polysubstance Use Working Group

July 2004 - Expert witness to Independent Inquiry into Drug Testing at Work (DrugScope/Joseph Rowntree Foundation)

July 2003 - Invitation to sit on steering/advice group of Joseph Rowntree Foundation research project `Study of non-problematic heroin use’

April 2001- Invitation to join the Working Group on Drug Prevention set up through the Department of Health and the Health Development Agency to review current research on prevention in the field of drug use. This was part of the development of a systematic evidence base in a range of areas of Public Health. Drugs prevention was considered a priority area. The group had a broad membership including the Home Office, Joseph Rowntree Trust, the Drug Prevention Advisory Service, the National Addiction Centre and a number of other prominent bodies.

Teaching interests

I currently teach the following modules: Drugs and Drug Use in Society (SOC3504); Undergraduate and Postgraduate Dissertation.

PhD Supervision

I am currently supervising five full-time, and four part-time, PhD students as Director of Studies and one full-time PhD student as third supervisor:

Leah Moyle (2010-2013) - ESRC (CASE Studentship) who is looking at how 'social supply' should be understood in realtion to drug dealing and current legislation;

Laura Harris (2010-2013) - ESRC (CASE Studentship) who is exploring how to better integrate qualitative evidence into Systematic Reviews of evidence;

Ed Pyle (2011-2014) - University of Plymouth DTC Studentship - who is looking at the way informal controls help problem gamblers manage their compulisve behaviours.

Manal Albalawi (2013-2016) A comparison of popular/media representations of illicit substances in Saudi Arabia and England with special reference to morality/religion, risk and fear

Akam Hasan (2013-2016) The Effect of Marriage on Decreasing Alcohol Consumption Among Women in the UK

Alexandros Georgiadis (2012-2015) 3rd Supervisor. NIHR funded studentship.
Offenders with Common Mental Health Problems and their Care: examination of offenders’ and practitioners’ perspectives in a mixed methods study

Danny McGowan (2011 - part-time mode) - An exploration of the consumption and supply of 'legal highs' in England

Gillian Madge (2012 - part-time mode) - An exploration of why social workers close child cases, expectations of how improvements are maintained after case closure and the potential consequences for those at risk: Perspectives of English Local Authority (LA) social workers.

Luke Turnock (2013- part-time mode) - An exploration of the evolving and traditional online Performance and Image Enhancing Drug (PIED) markets in England.

Staff serving as external examiners

External Examining: Taught Programmes

2005 - 2009 - Imperial College/London School of Hygeine & Tropical Medicine, University of London. External examiner for the MSc in Drugs and Alcohol: Policy and Intervention.

Sept 2000 - Southampton University, External Examiner for dissertation on the MSc in Research Methods in Health

External Examining: Research (PhD) Degrees

Feb 2014 - Swinburn University of Technology (Australia) as External Examiner - PhD
May 2013 - University of Essex as External EXaminer PhD
Jun 2012 - University of the West of England as External Examiner - PhD
Feb 2011 - Curtin University (Australia) as External Examiner - PhD
Dec 2007 - Queens University Belfast as External Examiner - PhD
Jul 2007 - Manchester Metropolitan University as External Examiner - PhD
Oct 2001 - Kings College, University of London as External Examiner - PhD

Research interests

Research Travelblog on spitting around India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and China: http://rosscoomber.wordpress.com/

International Spitting survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/spitting

Fear as a central social science concept
Drug use in society; the formation and operation of drug markets in society; drug myths; drug dealer myths; public injecting; recovery
Cultural criminology
The cultural and political manifestations of spitting as deviance and normal behaviour
Innovative research methods; qualitative research methods
Exploring notions of 'evidence' in evidence based practice
New explorations of the meaning of myth in current contexts
How myth, fear, risk, purity and danger meld to construct particular folk-devils such as the drug dealer
Visual research methods
Embodiment; Symbolic Violence

Other research

Current research projects are:

1. Following on from a Joseph Rowntree Trust funded research into the ways that young people access cannabis (in collaboration with the Institute of Criminal Policy Research, Kings College London) I am now involved in setting up international projects on the same theme in the US, Australia, Canada, Belguim, Hong Kong and China

2. An exploration of public injecting harm reduction interventions in Plymouth
3. An exploration of the worth of current monitoring approaches in the drugs field
4. An exploration of how addiction may be understood sociologically
5. The refinement of the concept of social supply
6. Development of the concept of drug normalisation in regard to drug markets
7. A mapping of steroid and other performance and image enhancing drug use in Plymouth
8. Forensic analysis of what is found in illicitly sourced performance and image enhancing drugs
9. An analysis of the drug market in Southend-on-Sea

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

2014: Leah Moyle
2009: PhD - Stephen Parkin
2008: PhD - Mark Pearson
2004: MPhil - Suzanne Le Brocq (2nd supervisor)

Grants & contracts

Research Grants held (External) Sole or primary grant holder unless stated

Oct 2013 – Sept 2016: Plymouth Drug and Alcohol Team - £55K
Research Title: The normalisation of powder cocaine and Novel Psychoactive Substance (‘legal high’) use and their relation to drug services

Jan 2014 – May 2015: Joint Commissioning & Adult Social Care, Plymouth City Council - £8K 
Research Title: Alcohol Peer Support Pilot Evaluation

Sept 2012 - Mar 2013: Plymouth Drug and Alcohol Action Team - £15K
Research Title: Mapping and Exploration of Drug Markets in the City of Plymouth

Dec 2011 - Mar 2013:  Devon and Cornwall Police and Plymouth University - £7.5K
Research Title: An exploration of Student Drinking Cultures and Patterns in the City of Plymouth
Co-PI Adrian Barton

Dec 2010 - May 2011: Southend Drug and Alcohol Action Team - £18K
Research Title: Mapping and Exploration of Drug Markets in Southend-on-Sea

Dec 2010 - May 2011: Southend Drug and Alcohol Action Team - £12K
Consultancy Title: Development of Local Drug Alert Monitoring Tool for Southend

Oct 2010 - Mar 2011: Southend Drug and Alcohol Action Team - (PIRAS has a sliding scale £24K - £30K in 2010)
Research Title: (PIRAS) Public Injecting Rapid Appraisal of DAAT area

June 2010 - June 2012: Cornwall and Scilly Isles Drug and Alcohol Action Team - £85,000
Research Title: Independent Evaluation of Boswyns' Drug and Alcohol Detoxification Centre

April 2010 - Nov 2010: Barking & Dagneham Drug and Alcohol Action Team - (PIRAS has a sliding scale £24K - £30K in 2010)
Research Title: (PIRAS) Public Injecting Rapid Appraisal of DAAT area

May 2007: Plymouth Drug and Alcohol Action Team - £3,000
Research Title - The Mapping of Public Injecting in Plymouth

Feb 2006 - July 2007: Joseph Rowntree Foundation (Joint bid with Paul Turnbull at the Institute of Criminal Policy Research, Kings College, London) - £100,105
Research Title: Supply of Cannabis to Young People

Apr 2005 – Jun 2005: National Treatment Agency - £20,300
Research brief: To undertake in-depth qualitative investigation of the barriers to access of needle exchange programmes that come within Plymouth Drug Action Team area

Aug 2003 - Jul 2004: British Academy - £2,628
Grant Title: `Child Doping' in 21st Century England: an exploration of how and why over the counter medications are being used to calm or quieten infants and children.

Mar 2001-Sept 2002: Wellcome Trust - £49,775
Grant Title: Helping the media represent issues around neuroscientific and other knowledge of illicit drug use and addiction in a way that reflects scientific evidence not sensation or myth

Sept 2001-Sept 2002: Home Office - £100,000 (named bidder with National Addiction Centre and Office for National Statistics)
Grant Title: Estimating rates and causes of drug-related mortality amongst recently released offenders

Jan 2000-Jan 2001: British Academy - £3,300
Grant Title: An investigation into the average length of time of progression from first use of heroin through regular use and then to addicted patterns of use in a context of comparatively high purity’

Other External Funding/Awards

April, 2010: ESRC CASE Studentship
Award of CASE studentship to look at: 'Utilising qualitative research to inform Systematic Reviews: assessing current practice and developing appropriate method for fuller integration'

April, 2010: ESRC CASE Studentship
Award of CASE studentship to look at: 'An exploration of how the 'social supply' and 'minimally commercial supply' of illicit drugs should be understood in relation to drug dealing'

March, 2009: ESRC CASE Studentship
Award of CASE studentship to look at: 'The effects of public fear on health risks: understanding barriers to policy innovation and risk reduction around public injecting.'

March, 2006: ESRC CASE Studentship
Award of CASE studentship to look at: 'The effects of place on health risk: A qualitative study of micro drug injecting environments.'

March, 2004: ESRC CASE Studentship
Award of CASE studentship to look at: ‘Evidence Based Practice: Investigating What Counts as `Evidence’ and How is an Evidence Base Constructed and Utilised?’


 

Research groups

  • Biogeochemistry Research Centre (BGC)
  • Drug and Alcohol
  • Plymouth Inequalities Group


Selected Publications

Books 

Coomber, R., Donnermeyer, J., Letherby, G. and Scott, J. (2014 forthcoming) Key Concepts in Crime & Society, SAGE.

Coomber, R., Measham, F., McElrath, K. and Moore, K. (2013) Key Concepts in Drugs & Society, SAGE.

Coomber, R. (2006) Pusher Myths: Re-Situating the Drug Dealer, Free Association Books, London

Edited Books/Journals 

Coomber, R. and Letherby, G. (2012) Special Issue on the Use of Visual Methods in Social Research, Sociological Research Online, 17 (1).

Coomber, R. (2007) (Guest Editor) 'Drug Trafficking, drug dealing and drug markets: a need for new research and new concepts', Journal of Drug Issues, Vol. 37 (4)

Coomber, R. and South, N. (eds.) (2004) Drug Use and Cultural Contexts ‘Beyond the West': Tradition, Change and Post-Colonialism, Free Association Books, London.

Coomber, R. (2004) (Guest Editor) Special Edition: ‘Drug Use & Drug Markets in the UK', Addiction Research & Theory. 12 (6)

Coomber, R. (ed.) (1997) The Control of Drugs and Drug Users: Reason or Reaction Harwood Academic Publishers, Amsterdam.

Coomber, R. (ed.) (1995) Drugs, Your Questions Answered, ISDD, London.

Coomber, R. (ed.) (1994) Drugs and Drug Use in Society: A Critical Reader, Greenwich University Press, Avon.

Refereed Journal Articles 

Best, D. and Coomber, R. (accepted) Recovery and harm reduction – polar opposites or common cause?: a review based on the UK experience, Drug and Alcohol Review,  Special Section on recovery,

Gidman, W. and Coomber, R. (2013) 'Contested space in the pharmacy: Public attitudes to pharmacy harm reduction services in the West of Scotland', Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, (early online publication). 

Moyle, L., Coomber, R. and Lowther, J. (2013) 'Crushing a Walnut with a Sledge Hammer? Analysing the Penal Response to the Social Supply of Illicit Drugs', Social & Legal Studies, 22(4): 446-466. 

Coomber, R. and Moyle, L. (2013) Beyond drug dealing: developing and extending the concept of ‘social supply’ of illicit drugs to ‘minimally commercial supply’. Journal of Drugs Education, Policy and Prevention

Coomber, R. (2013) 'How social fear of drugs in the non-sporting world creates a framework for policy in the sporting world: beyond moral panics', International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics,

Parkin, S. and Coomber, R. (2011) ‘Injecting Drug User Views (and Experiences) of Drug-related Litter Bins in Public Places: A Comparative Study of Qualitative Research Findings Obtained from UK Settings’, Health and Place, 17(6):1218-27. DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2011.08.002

Parkin, S. and Coomber, R. (2011) ‘Public injecting drug use and the social production of harmful practice in high-rise tower blocks (London, UK): a Lefebvrian analysis, Health & Place. 17(3): 717-726.
DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2011.02.001

Pearson, M., Parkin, S. and Coomber, R. (2011) ‘Generalising applied qualitative research on harm reduction: the example of a public injecting typology’, Contemporary Drug Problems, 38(1): 61-91.

Coomber, R. (2010) ‘Reconceptualising drug markets and drug dealers – the need for change’, Drugs and Alcohol Today, 10(1): 10-13. doi: 10.5042/daat.2010.0122

Parkin, S. and Coomber, R. (2010) ‘Fluorescent Blue Lights, Injecting Drug Use and Related Health Risk in Public Conveniences: Findings from a Qualitative Study of Micro-Injecting Environments’, Health & Place. DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2010.01.007

Pearson, M. and Coomber, R. (2010) ‘The challenge of external validity in policy-relevant systematic reviews: a case study from the field of substance misuse’, Addiction, 105(1): 136-145. 
DOI: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2009.02713.x

Parkin, S. and Coomber, R. (2009) ‘Value in the Visual: On Public Injecting, Visual Methods and their Potential for Informing Policy (and Change)’, Methodological Innovations Online, 4(2): 21-36.

Coomber, R & Letherby, G. (2009) ‘Introduction to the Rapid Response on the Current Financial Crisis/”Credit Crunch”, Sociological Research Online, Vol. 14, No. 2/3.

Parkin, S. and Coomber, R. (2009) ‘Informal ‘Sorter’ Houses: A Qualitative Insight of the ‘Shooting Gallery’ Phenomenon in a UK Setting’, Health & Place, DOI:10.1016/j.healthplace.2009.03.004    

Parkin, S. and Coomber, R. (2009) ‘Public Injecting and Symbolic Violence: A Perspective Obtained from Practices Observed within a (UK) Local Authority’, Addiction Research & Theory, 17(4): 390-405.  
DOI: 10.1080/16066350802518247

Coomber, R. and Simmonds, L. (2009) 'Injecting drug users: A stigmatised and stigmatising population', International Journal of Drug Policy, 20(2): 121-130. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2007.09.002

Coomber, R. and Turnbull, P. (2007) ‘Arenas of drug transaction: Adolescent cannabis transactions in England - ‘social supply’, Journal of Drug Issues, 37(4): 749-754

Coomber, R. (2007) ‘Drug trafficking, drug dealing and drug markets: a need for new research and new concepts’. Editorial in Journal of Drug Issues, 37(4): 749-754

Coomber, R. and Sutton, C. (2006) 'How quick to heroin dependence', Harm Reduction Digest 34, Drug and Alcohol Review, Vol. 25, No. 4:

Coomber, R. and Maher, L. (2006) 'Street level drug market activity at two of Australia’s primary dealing areas: consideration of organization, cutting practices and violence’, Journal of Drug Issues,

Coomber, R. (2004) 'Drug Use and Drug Market Intersections’, Editorial in Addiction Research & Theory. Vol. 12, No. 6: 1-5

Best, D., Beswick, T., Gossop, M., Rees, S., Coomber, R., Witton, J. and Strang, J. (2004) ‘From the deal to the needle: drug purchasing and preparation among heroin users in drug treatment in South London’, Addiction Research & Theory. Vol. 12 (6):

Coomber, R. (2003) `There’s no such thing as a free lunch: how `freebies’ and `credit’ operate as part of rational drug market activity not as a device for `pushing’ drugs onto the innocent and uninitiated’ Journal of Drug Issues, Vol. 33, No. 4: 939-962

Coomber, R., Oliver, M., Morris, C. (2003) `Using cannabis therapeutically in the UK: a qualitative analysis of how using an illicit drug therapeutically affects the life of users and their relationships with significant others, health care providers and the criminal justice system’ Journal of Drug Issues, Vol. 33, No. 2, pp.325-256

Beswick, T., Best, D., Bearn, J., Rees, S., Gossop, M. Coomber, R., and Strang, J. (2002) `From salt injection to Naloxone: Accuracy and myths in peer resuscitation methods for opiate overdose’, Journal of Drug Issues, Vol. 32, No. 4, pp. 1103-1114

Best, D., Gossop, M., Ho, L., Stillwell, G., Coomber, R. and Strang, J. (2002) `Peer overdose resuscitation: multiple intervention strategies and time to response by drug users who witness overdose’, Drug and Alcohol Review, Vol. 21, No. 3, pp.269-274

Coomber, R. (2002) `Protecting our research subjects, our data and ourselves from respective prosecution, seizure and summons/subpoena’, Editorial in Addiction Research and Theory, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 1-5

Coomber, R. (2002) `Signing your life away: Why Research Ethics Committees (REC) shouldn’t always require written confirmation that participants in research have been informed of the aims of a study and their rights – the case of criminal populations’, Sociological Research Online, Vol. 7, Issue 1.

Beswick, T., Best, D., Rees, S., Coomber, R., Gossop, M. and Strang, J. (2001) `Multiple-drug use: patterns and practices of heroin and crack use in a population of opiate addicts in treatment’ Drug and Alcohol Review, Vol. 20, No. 2, pp.203-206.

Coomber, R., Morris, C. and Dunn, L. (2000) `How the Media Do Drugs: Quality Control and the Reporting of Drug Issues in the UK Print Media’, International Journal of Drug Policy, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp. 217-225

Coomber, R. (1999) `Lay Perceptions and Beliefs About the Adulteration of Illicit Drugs in the 1990s: A Student Sample’, Addiction Research, Vol. 7, No. 4, pp. 323-338

Coomber, R. (1999) `The `Cutting' of Street Drugs in the USA in the 1990s', Journal of Drug Issues, Vol. 29, No. 1. pp. 17-36

Coomber, R. (1999) `Assessing the Real Dangers of Illicit Drugs: Risk Analysis as the Way Forward’, Editorial in Addiction Research, Vol. 7, No 2, pp 85-90.

Coomber, R. (1997) `Vim in the Veins - Fantasy or Fact: The Adulteration of Illicit Drugs', Addiction Research, Vol 5, No. 3. pp. 195-212

Coomber, R. (1997) `The Adulteration of Drugs: What Dealers Do, What Dealers Think', Addiction Research, Vol 5, No. 4. pp. 297-306

Coomber, R. (1997) `Adulteration of Drugs: The Discovery of a Myth', Contemporary Drug Problems, Vol 24, No. 2. pp. 239-271

Coomber, R. (1997) `Using the Internet for Survey Research', Sociological Research Online, Vol 2, No. 2, /p>

Coomber, R. (1997) `Dangerous Drug Adulteration - An International Survey of Drug Dealers Using the Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW)', International Journal of Drug Policy, Vol 8, No. 2, pp. 18-28

Coomber, R. (1997) `How Often Does the Adulteration/Dilution of Heroin Actually Occur: An Analysis of 228 `Street' Samples Across the UK (1995-1996) and Discussion of Monitoring Policy', International Journal of Drug Policy, Vol 8, No. 4. pp. 178-186

Chapters/Sections in Books

Coomber, R. and South, N. (2013) 'Fear and loathing in drugs policy: how a better understanding of risk and rights relating to drug, set, setting and process can provide more informed approaches to policy and practice'. In Beatriz Labate and Clancy Cavnar (eds.) Controversies on the Regulation of Traditional Drug Use. Springer.

Coomber, R. (2011) 'Using the internet for qualitative research on drug users and drug markets: the pros, the cons and the progress’, in Fountain, J., Asmussen Frank, V., Korf, D.J (eds.) (2011) Markets, methods and messages: dynamics in European drug research. Lengerich: Pabst Science Publishers.

Coomber, R. (2011) ‘Social fear, drug related beliefs and drug policy’, in Geoffrey Hunt, Maitena Milhet and Henri Bergeron (Eds.) Drugs and Culture: Knowledge, Consumption and Policy,  Ashgate.

Rhodes, T. and Coomber, R. (2010) ‘Qualitative sampling, design and analysis.’ In Miller, P., Strang, J. and Miller, P. (Eds.) Addiction Research Methods, Wiley Blackwell.

Coomber, R. (2010) Reprint of: Coomber, R. and Maher, L. (2006) ‘Street-level drug market activity in Sydney’s primary heroin markets: organisation, adulteration practices, pricing, marketing and violence’, Journal of Drug Issues, 36(3): 719-754. In, Mangai Natarajann, Drugs and Crime: Volume II, Ashgate: Surrey

Coomber, R. and Parkin, S. (2008) (updated and revised) ‘Drugs and the Media', in Shapiro, H. (eds.) The Essential Student Reader on Drugs, (3rd Edition – formally Drugs - Your Questions Answered: A Student Reader), London, Drugscope.

Coomber, R. and Parkin, S. (2008) (updated and revised) ‘Drug Myths', in Shapiro, H. (eds.) The Essential Student Reader on Drugs, (3rd Edition – formally Drugs - Your Questions Answered: A Student Reader), London, Drugscope.

Coomber, R. (2006) Sections on: ‘Cultural Attitudes’ and ‘Cutting Drugs’, in Michael Kuhar and Howard Liddle (eds.) Drugs and Society, Vol. 1. Marshall Cavendish.

Coomber, R. (2006) Sections on: ‘Flashbacks’, ‘The Opium Wars’ and ‘Myths and Misconceptions’, in Michael Kuhar and Howard Liddle (eds.) Drugs and Society, Vol. 2. Marshall Cavendish.

Coomber, R. (2006) Section on: ‘Drugs and Violence’, in Michael Kuhar and Howard Liddle (eds.) Drugs and Society, Vol. 3. Marshall Cavendish.

Coomber, R. (2000) `Drugs and the Media', in Hayes, G. (eds.) Drugs - Your Questions Answered: A Student Reader, (2nd Edition), London, Drugscope.

Coomber, R. (2000) `Drug Myths', in Hayes, G. (eds.) Drugs - Your Questions Answered: A Student Reader, (2nd Edition), London, DrugScope.

Coomber, R. (1999) `Controlling Drugs in Sport: Contradictions and Complexity', in Nigel South (ed.) Drugs: Cultures, Controls and Everyday Life, London, Sage.

Monographs

Coomber, R., Millward, L., Chambers, J. and Warm, D. (2004a). A rapid interim review of the ‘grey’ literature on drug prevention in young people aged 11-18 with a special emphasis on vulnerable groups. London: Health Development Agency.

Coomber, R., Millward, L., Chambers, J. and Warm, D. (2004b). A rapid interim review of the ‘grey’ literature on risky behaviour in young people aged 11-18 with a special emphasis on vulnerable groups. London: Health Development Agency. 

MacGregor, S., Ettore, E., Coomber, R. and Crosier, A. (1990) Drug Services in England and the Impact of the Central Funding Initiative, ISDD Research Monograph Series, ISDD, London.

Consultancy Reports/Documents 

Coomber, R. and Moyle, L. (2012) A Rapid Appraisal of the Illicit Drug Market in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. Full Report. Plymouth University, Drug and Alcohol Research Unit (August).

Parkin, S. & Coomber, R. (2011) A Rapid Appraisal of Public Injecting Drug Use and Drug Related Litter in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. Southend Drug and Alcohol Action Team. University of Plymouth: Drug and Alcohol Research Unit

Parkin, S. & Coomber, R. (2010) A Rapid Appraisal of Public Injecting Drug Use and Drug Related Litter in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Barking and Dagenham Drug and Alcohol Action Team. University of Plymouth: Drug and Alcohol Research Unit

Parkin, S. & Coomber, R. (2009) Drug Related Litter in Plymouth (2006-2009), University of Plymouth. 39pp. (July)

Parkin, S. and Coomber, R. (2008) A Comparative Study of Drug-Related Litter Collected in Plymouth during 2006-2007 and 2007-2008, (May). Plymouth Drug and Alcohol Action Team and the University of Plymouth.

Parkin, S. & Coomber, R. (2008) A Rapid Appraisal of Public Injecting Sites and Drug Related Litter in Plymouth. Plymouth Drug and Alcohol Action Team. Plymouth: University of Plymouth

Duffy, M., Schaffer, N., Coomber, R., O’Connell, L. and Turnbull, P. (2008) Cannabis Supply and Young People, Joseph Rowntree Foundation: York

Parkin, S. and Coomber, R. (2007) A Rapid Appraisal of Public Injecting and Drug Related Litter in Plymouth, (September). Plymouth Drug and Alcohol Action Team and the University of Plymouth.

Coomber, R & Simmonds, L. (2005) Needle Exchanges - Improving access and uptake: An evaluation of barriers to effective needle exchange - a case study. National Treatment Agency. July, 2005.

Coomber, R. (2003) The Effectiveness of Drug Prevention Initiatives in the Workplace: The Case of Drug Testing Programmes. Literature Review for the Independent Inquiry into Drug Testing at Work Health.

Coomber, R. (2003) A Review of the `Grey’ Literature Regarding Drug Prevention in Young People Aged 11-18 with a Special Emphasis on Vulnerable Groups. Health Development Agency.

Coomber, R. (2003) A Review of the `Grey’ Literature on Risky Behaviour in Young People Aged 11-18 with a Special Emphasis on Vulnerable Groups. Health Development Agency.