Marian Buhociu

Marian Buhociu

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Marian Buhociu is a lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the Centre for Criminology at the University of South Wales since October 2018. He is a former senior Romanian drugs investigator (between 2005-2010) and he has recently completed his PhD in the misuse of new psychoactive substances among problematic drug users in South Wales, which involved extensive engagement with service users and treatment agencies. Over the last 13 years he has developed expertise in substance misuse among heavy-end drug users and students, and the policing of drug trafficking in Europe. 

Marian’s research interests fall mainly within the field of alcohol and drug misuse among vulnerable populations. Since 2016, he has been working on a longitudinal study on drugs and alcohol misuse and associated harms among university students from South Wales. Other recent projects focused on: the impact of the Minimum Pricing for Alcohol among harmful and hazardous drinkers in Wales, night-time economy related crimes among young adults in towns in the Welsh Valleys, and the use of Prescription-only Medicines and Opiate Substitution Treatment among Welsh problematic drug users.

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Twitter: @MarianBuhociu

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Substance Misuse, Doctor of Philosophy, I quit heroin for meow: A qualitative study of the use of new psychoactive substances among problem drug users in South Wales, University of South Wales

Award Date: 19 Dec 2018


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