The issue of illicit drugs has been central to Mark's ongoing research programme and has served as an introduction into various areas of interest. Influenced by realist methodology, it straddles the disciplines of criminology, social policy, public policy, sociology and political science. It contains three main strands.
- The impact of recent welfare reform for drug users (e.g Monaghan, 2013; 2014; Monaghan and Wincup, 2013; Wincup and Monaghan, 2016) as well as changing patterns of drug consumption and treatment responses (Hamilton, et al, 2014; Monaghan et al, 2016).
- The scientific and political battles in UK drug policy-making with a particular focus on exploring and analysed the use of evidence and expertise in policy (e.g. Monaghan, 2008; 2010; 2011; 2012; Monaghan, 2014; Monaghan, Wincup and Wicker, 2018).
- The links between the international drug trade and elite and state criminality (e.g. Monaghan and Prideaux, 2016)
Mark's recent paper on Evidence Translation (Ingold and Monaghan, 2016) was awarded the Ken Young Best Paper Prize for 2016 in the Journal Policy and Politics.