Profile: Michael Livingston

Michael Livingston, BappSc(Maths), FlnfTech, BA(Hons), Research Fellow, Turning Point and Centre for Health and Society, Melbourne School of Population Health, University of Melbourne, Australia. Michael’s research interests center on the relationship between physical availability and alcohol-related problems through statistical analysis.

Michael Livingston joined the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR) in 2006 and since then he has predominantly been involved in research examining the relationship between physical availability (particularly the density of alcohol outlets) and alcohol-related harms using a range of spatial and longitudinal statistical techniques. Livingston has undertaken a number of projects focusing on risky drinking among young people, including an analysis of recent trends and an examination of individual and environmental factors associated with regular high-risk drinking. Livingston’s honours thesis examined the offending trajectories of a birth cohort of young offenders and the relationship between child maltreatment and crime. He previously worked at JMAG in the School of Criminology at Griffith University, developing simulation models of the juvenile justice and adult corrections systems in Queensland. Michael was awarded a Sidney Myer Health Scholarship to undertake PhD, with funding from the Sidney Myer Fund and IOR Ltd. His PhD project, Liberalising Liquor Licensing – Implications for Alcohol-related Harm, will examine the impact of the deregulation of liquor licensing in Victoria and how it affects alcohol consumption, violence and alcohol-related hospitalisations.

Michael may be contacted at michaell@nullturningpoint.org.au.

Updated: February 2012