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Leah Moyle is a qualitative researcher with an interest in drug markets, drug dealing and cultures of drug use.
Leah's research to date has broadly focused on gaining an in-depth understanding of the meanings around offending behaviours, as well as offenders' perceptions of the criminal justice process. Whilst undertaking this research she has gained experience of working with problem drug users, sex offenders, young offenders and criminal justice practitioners in a range of settings including prisons, schools and drug rehabilitation centres.
Leah is one of a small number of international researchers interested in the emerging concept of 'social supply' and is currently involved in several projects that explore the ways in which young people and adults supply drugs to friends and acquaintances for little or no profit.
Current research activity is centred on heroin and crack cocaine markets and particularly addicted user-dealers of these substances. As with her 'social supply' research, Leah is developing user-dealer typologies and considering the appropriateness of current sentencing frameworks for this group.