director, Centre for Substance Use Research, University of Glasgow
Neil McKeganey is a sociologist who has carried out research in the area of legal and illegal drugs over the past 25 years. In 1994, he founded the Centre for Drug Misuse Research at the University of Glasgow where he held a personal Professorship in Substance Use Research. In 2011 McKeganey formed the Centre for Substance Use Research as an independent research group undertaking studies in the area of tobacco harm reduction and the contribution of electronic nicotine-delivery systems in reducing the harms of combustible tobacco products.
McKeganey has worked in conjunction with a wide range of governments and international bodies, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the U.S. Department of Justice. He is the author of six books and more than 200 peer- reviewed academic papers. He has also written for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Times, the Daily Mail, The Independent and the Daily Telegraph, and has contributed to numerous television and radio programs on aspects of drug use. Neil McKeganey is firmly of the view that the tobacco and e-cigarette industry should be an active contributor to research in the area of smoking and tobacco harm reduction.