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Dr Holly Crossen-White

  • 01202 962789
  • hcrossen at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Part Time Research Fellow
  • Bournemouth House B240, 19 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3LH
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My background is in qualitative research and my work has mainly focused upon issues related to personal health and wellbeing. A large part of my research, although not exclusively, has been evaluations of drug treatment interventions within the criminal justice system. My recently completed PhD was an historical study of drug taking. It focused upon the first decades of the twentieth century and how individuals consumed drugs prior to and immediately following the introduction of criminal penalties for the supply or possession of named drugs. This involved significant work with archival sources including digital media. I have collaborated with colleagues within HSC and across BU and particularly enjoy undertaking research with partners from outside academia. For example, I am currently involved with the RSPB on research that evaluates how contact with the natural environment can benefit an individual’s health and wellbeing.


Much of my previous research has focused on the health and wellbeing of individuals who are within the criminal justice system. I have a specific interest in the use of illicit drugs and have undertaken qualitative research with both adults and young people who are offending to support their drug dependency. My PhD gave me the opportunity to take an historical look at drug-taking behaviour focusing on the period when the supply or possession of named drugs became an offence. I was particularly interested in the ‘story’ of the drug consumer during this time of change. This gave me the opportunity to return to archival research and gain knowledge and experience of digital archives and The Times digital archive was a key source for my thesis. I believe digital archives are a fantastic research resource and I am keen to encourage both students and the wider public to engage with this source and make their own historical discoveries – health related or otherwise.

Health and wellbeing remains a key area of interest and particularly working with those who for whatever reason feel marginalized within the community. I am particularly keen to work in partnership with individuals or organisation outside academia.

Journal Articles


  • Crossen-White, H., 2013. Exploring female drug-taking during the First World War. In: Bristish Society of Criminology Annual Conference 2-4 July 2013 UNiversity of Wolverhampton.
  • Crossen-White, H., 2002. 'I find it easier to talk 'cos they're on my wavelength'. Young people's views of a pilot drug treatment intervention in the UK. In: Australian Drug Foundation Conference 2002.
  • Crossen-White, H., 2001. Drug treatment interventions in the criminal justice system. In: 5th South West Public Health Conference 2001.


  • Warr, J., Page, M. and Crossen-White, H., 2005. The appropriate use of CCTV observation in a secure unit. Poole, England: Bournemouth University.
  • Sharkey, S., Sharples, A. and Crossen-White, H., 2001. Clinical Risk Management in Mental Health: Team Based Learning. The Development and Evaluation of a Learning Pack. Poole, England: Bournemouth University.
  • Crossen-White, H., Galvin, K.T., Gibson, S., Heidari, F. and Morgan, O., 2000. Nottinghamshire Drug Treatment and Criminal Justice Partnerships Evaluation.. Bournemouth: Bournemouth University.
  • Galvin, K.T., Crossen-White, H. and Jackson, D., 1999. An evaluation of the Second Chance Arrest Referral Scheme: a report commissioned by the Dorset Drug Action Team.. Poole, England: Bournemouth University.


  • Crossen-White, H.L., 2012. Drug-related activity in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland between 1900 and 1922: what evidence can be found through systematic searches of the Times digital achive. PhD Thesis. Bournemouth University, School of Health and Social Care.

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • An off campus event held at Kingfisher Barn, Muscliff and arranged in partnership with the RSPB and Bournemouth Borough Council (Parks). The aim of the event was to encourage the public to consider the benefits that the natural environment have to personal health and wellbeing. The event drew attention to research into health and the natural environment and offered suggestion about how members of the public to spend more time enjoying the natural environment.


  • PhD in Drug-taking in the UK between 1900-1922 (Bournemouth University, 2012)
  • BA (Hons) in Public Administration (Leicester Polytechinc, 1992)
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