Lena Theodoropoulou

Postgraduate Research Student and Graduate Teaching Assistant

Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology



Lena completed a BA in Media, Culture and Communication (Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens, Greece) an MA in Contemporary Art Theory (Goldsmiths University) and an MA in Social Research Methods (University of Liverpool). She then trained in art therapy and worked for the Westminster Drug Project as a support worker, and the Single Homeless Project as a project worker.


Lena began an ESRC funded PhD in October 2016. Her main research interests include drug use and recovery, as well as the birth and history of drug treatment services. In particular, her empirical research explores the social and cultural associations of drug use and how these are reflected on the drug recovery programmes in the specific sites of Liverpool and Athens. This research project draws on her professional experience as a recovery worker in Greece and the UK and focuses on the exploration of the caring practices that are shaped as part of the drug recovery process.

Thesis title

The socio-cultural associations of drug use and recovery in Athens and Liverpool