Dr. Geoff Bardwell

Dr. Geoff Bardwell is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the BC Centre on Substance Use and Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (co-supervised by Drs. Thomas Kerr and Ryan McNeil). His research focuses primarily on overdose prevention interventions in private and non-profit housing environments in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. His research uses qualitative methods to examine the ways in which physical, social, and structural conditions in housing environments shape the implementation and effectiveness of overdose prevention initiatives, such as naloxone training and distribution and peer witnessed injection programs, and how these conditions influence overdose-related outcomes. In partnership with Pivot Legal Society, Dr. Bardwell is examining housing laws and policies that negatively impact overdose prevention outcomes and their legal implications for people who use drugs. Dr. Bardwell holds a PhD in Women’s Studies and Feminist Research and a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology, both from the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Bardwell’s research is funded through a Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship.