International Desistance and Recovery Academy (DRA) launched

(25-01-2017)

Professor Vanderplasschen and Professor Best
Professor Vanderplasschen and Professor Best
Ghent University and Sheffield Hallam University have launched an international academy to support new research and policy in the area of drug and alcohol desistance and recovery. The new Desistance and Recovery Academy (DRA) is a joint partnership with the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK and the departments of Special Needs Education and Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law at Ghent University.

The DRA will be a hub for expertise in the fields of desistance and recovery, providing a foundation for postgraduate student collaboration in research and teaching, and a centre for the development of policy and practice. The launch of the DRA took place on December 13th 2016 at Sheffield Hallam University and also included discussion around an international network of 'recovery cities' to share research and best practice across the globe. The DRA will be headed up by Professor David Best, head of criminology at Sheffield Hallam and one of the world's leading academic voices on recovery, together with Professor Wouter Vanderplasschen, a senior researcher in the field of substance misuse treatment and recovery, and dr. Charlotte Colman, post-doctoral researcher on desistance and criminology, from Ghent University. Professor Best stated: "The Desistance and Recovery Academy will create a centre of excellence in three areas - research, teaching and practice in the field of recovery from substance use and desistance from offending. These are key areas of public concern and where gaps remain between research and practice. The Helena Kennedy Centre is delighted to be partnering with an organisation as esteemed as the University of Ghent and our partnership will form the basis for an international hub that will attract research partnerships, innovative teaching and policy direction. We will offer messages of hope and the work we do will promote inclusion based on a growing evidence base about the process of positive change."