Fiona Hutton

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Senior Lecturer School of Social and Cultural Studies


Teaching in 2019

Research interests

Gender and drug use, drug law reform, drug policy, alcohol and other drug use


BA(Hons) Staffs, PhD Manc Met, PGCertHELT Well


Fiona Hutton joined the Institute of Criminology in 2003 from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Her UK based research and interests focused on recreational drug use in the night time economy, mental health, family support services, education and health needs in inner city areas, outreach work with injecting drug users, the homeless and street based sex workers. Since joining the Institute, her research has developed around issues related to alcohol and other drugs, gender, harm reduction and drug policy. She has taught and researched in the areas of Criminology, specifically criminological theory, youth crime and cultures, drug policy, harm reduction, alcohol and other drugs, for the past twenty years.

Current research

Fiona's current research interests focus on drug use (including alcohol and new psychoactive substances), drug policy and drug law reform, young women’s drinking practices, youth crime & youth cultures, gender, risk, pleasure & intoxication and harm reduction. Current research projects include:

  • exploring the ways drug use and drug users are demonised and stigmatised through a variety of media and other discourses;
  • critically exploring the concept of intoxication, and how the intoxication practices of diverse groups are experienced and responded to
  • the effects of having a conviction on those who have been convicted of drugs offences

Selected publications

Pfiefer, J. E., Winterdyk, J., Hutton, F., Monod de Froideville, S., Banks, C., & Trounson, J. S. (2018). Indigenous Youth Crime: An international Perspective. In M. K. Miller, & B. H. Bornstein (Eds.), Advances in Psychology and Law, Volume 3, pp. 247-284. Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-75859-6

Payne, J. & Hutton, F. (2017). Mapping Common Crime, in Deckert, A. & Sarre, R. (Eds.). The Palgrave Handbook of Australian and New Zealand Criminology, Crime and Justice, pp. 113-129. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham

Hutton, F., Kivell, B., & Boyle, O. (2016) “Quite a Profoundly Strange Experience”: An Analysis of the Experiences of Salvia divinorum Users, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 13 May 2016

Hutton, F. (2016) BZP-‘Party pills’, populism and prohibition: Exploring global debates in a New Zealand context, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 50 (2), p.285-306

Hutton, F. (2016). New Zealand Students and ‘Cultures of Intoxication’. SITES, VOL 13, no.2, pp. 135-162.

Hutton, F. (2016). Legal Highs and their use in New Zealand: a critical analysis of New Zealand drug policy. Prison Service Journal, No. 227. P. 29-37

Hutton, F., Griffin, C., Lyons, A., Niland, P., & McCreanor, T. (2016). "Tragic girls" and "crack whores": Alcohol, femininity and Facebook, Feminism & Psychology, Vol 26(1) pp 73-93.

Moewaka Barnes, H., McCreanor, T., Goodwin, I., Lyons, A., Griffin, C., & Hutton, F. (2016). Alcohol and social media: drinking and drunkenness while online. Critical Public Health, 26(1), 62-76

McCreanor, T., Lyons, A., Moewaka Barnes, H., Hutton, F., Goodwin, I., & Griffin, C. (2016). ‘Drink a 12 box before you go’: pre-loading among young people in Aotearoa New Zealand. Kotuitui, 11(1), 36-46

Hutton, F & Wright, S. (2015). You don’t ditch your girls”: young Maori and Pacific women and the culture of intoxication. Critical Public health, Vol. 25, Issue 1, 101-119.

Lyons, A., McCreanor, T., Goodwin, I., Griffin, G., Hutton, F., Moewaka Barnes, H., O’Carroll, D., Samu, L., Niland, p., & Vroman, K.E.( 2014). Young adult Drinking cultures in Aotearoa New Zealand, Sites 11 (2) pp. 1-25.

Niland, P., Lyons, A.C., Goodwin, I., & Hutton, F. Friendship work on Facebook: Young adults’ understandings and practices of friendship, Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology.

Niland, P., Lyons, A.., Goodwin, I., & Hutton, F. (2014) “See it doesn’t look pretty does it?”: Young adults’ airbrushed drinking practices on Facebook; Psychology and Health, Vol. 29, No.8, 877-895.

Hutton, F., Wright, S., & Saunders, E. (2013). Cultures of intoxication: Young women, alcohol and harm reduction. Contemporary Drug Problems, 40(4), pp. 451-480. ="http:>

Niland, P, Lyons, A, Goodwin, I & Hutton, F (2013) "Everyone can loosen up and get a bit of a buzz on": young adults, alcohol and friendship practices, International Journal of Drug Policy. 24,530-537.

McCreanor, T, Lyons, A, Griffin, C, Goodwin, I, Moewaka Barnes, H & Hutton, F (2012) Youth Drinking cultures, Social Networking and Alcohol Marketing: Implications for Public Health, Critical Public Health.

Rowe, M and Hutton, F (2012) Is your City Pretty Anyway? Perspectives on Graffiti and the Urban Landscape’, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, Vol 45, No. 1, pp 66-86.

Hutton, F (May 2012) Harm reduction, students and pleasure: An examination of student responses to a binge drinking campaign, International Journal of Drug Policy, ) Vol 23 Issue 3, pp.229-235.

Hutton, F (2010) Kiwis,Clubs and Drugs: Club Cultures in Wellington, New Zealand Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, (Apr. 2010) Vol 43 Issue 1, pp. 91-111.

Hutton, F (2009) New Zealand in Hadfield, P (Ed.) Nightlife and Crime: Social Order and Governance in International Perspective , Oxford University Press.

Hutton, F (2006) Risky Pleasures? Club Cultures and Feminine Identities , Aldershot, Ashgate Publishing Limited.

Hutton, F (2005) Risky Business: Gender, drug dealing and risk Addiction, Research and Theory (Special Issue), vol. 13, Number 6, pp. 545-554.

Hutton, F  (2004) 'Up for it, Mad for it? Women, Drug Use and Participation in Club Scenes', in Health Risk and Society, 6, 3, pp. 223-237.


Lyons, A.C., McCreanor, T., Hutton, F., Goodwin, I., Moewaka Barnes, H., Griffin, C. et al (2014) 'Flaunting it on Facebook: Young adults, drinking stories and the cult of celebrity. Wellington, NZ: Massey University School of Psychology

Wright S, Hutton F, Lyne M. (2014) Drinking Practices of attendees of the Wellington Sevens and Homegrown in 2014: an analysis of a ‘whole drinking occasion, A report for Health Promotion Agency. Wellington, Health Promotion Agency.

Cox, J, Hutton, F; Rowe, M (2009) Tagging and Graffiti :attitudes and experiences of New Zealanders , Institute of Criminology, Victoria University Wellington, Report prepared for Ministry of Justice, December 2009.

Public Commentaries

Hutton, F. (2019). Why I can’t join the choir of delight on this drug reform. The Spinoff, 9 August

Hutton, F. (2019) Let’s be pragmatic about drugs. Newsroom, 28 May

Hutton, F. (2019) Could mushrooms be the next drug to be decriminalised?. Interview with Scott Palmer. Newshub, 16 February

Hutton, F. (2018). Drug reform more than political point scoring. Newsroom, 17 December

Quigley, P., Hutton, F., & Sellman, D. (2018). Synthetic drug crackdown – Expert Reaction. Science Media Centre, 13 December

Sutherland, D., Polaschek, D., Hutton, F., Sellman, D., Casswell, S., Abbott, M., & Brookbanks, W. (2018). Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry – Expert Reaction. Science Media Centre, 4 December

Hutton, F. (2018). The myth buster. Victorious, Spring Issue

Hutton, F. (2018) We need a well informed referendum on legalising cannabis. New Zealand Herald, 13 June

Hutton, F. (2018). Addiction is a complex issue that won’t be solved by taxation. Interview with Hayley Holt on Breakfast TVNZ1, 20 March

Hutton, F. (2018). Longer jail sentences will do nothing to solve the synthetic cannabis epidemic. The Spinoff, 15 March

Hutton, F. (2017). Demonising drug users. Capital Thinking, Globally Minded

Hutton, F. (2017). The demonisation of drug users. Interview with Carly Flynn on Radio Live, 24 November

Hutton, F. (2017). 'Ludicrous’ policy will drive addiction services backwards. Newsroom, 14 September

Hutton, F. (2017). Drug addicts need help, not marginalisation. The Dominion Post, 28 July

Book reviews

Hutton, F (2012) Book Review Essay: Alex Stevens, Drugs, Crime and Public Health, Routledge: Abingdon, 2011; Suzanne Fraser and David Moore (eds), The Drug Effect: Health, Crime and Society, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2011. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology 45(2):274-278

Hutton, F (2011) Book Review: Pauline Prior, Madness and Murder: Gender, Crime and Mental Disorder in Nineteenth-Century Ireland. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2008. Social & Legal Studies 20(1): 126-129.

Hutton, F (2010) Book Review: Pauline Prior, Madness and Murder: Gender, Crime and Mental Disorder in Nineteenth-Century Ireland. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2008. Social & Legal Studies, 19(2) 253-267.

Hutton, F (2010) Review of Silvia Rief, Club Cultures: Boundaries, Identities and Otherness. New York. Abingdon, Routledge, 2008. Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music, Vol 1, No 2.

Hutton, F (2009) Book Review: Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh and Ronald Kassimir (eds) (2007) Youth, Globalization and the Law. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2007 in Social and Legal Studies, Vol 18, pp 425-427.

Hutton, F (2007) Review of Phil Hadfield, Bar Wars, contesting the night in contemporary British cities, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2006. Current Issues in Criminal Justice, Vol 18, No.3, March 2007, pp 498-500.

Hutton, F (2007) Review of Incivilities, Regulating Offensive Behaviour, Andrew Von Hirsch and AP Simester (Eds), Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2006, in Current Issues in Criminal Justice, Vol 18, No.4, November, pp 254-257.

Memberships, appointments and other work

  • Member of the editorial board of ‘Contemporary Drug Problems’
  • Member of the editorial board of ‘International Journal of Drug Policy’
  • Member of the Victoria University Mentoring Scheme Reference Group


Teaching in 2019