Researcher

Dr Jake Arish Rance

My Expertise

Injecting drug use; harm reduction; hepatitis C; stigmatisation and identity; qualitative research; post-structural and narrative theory

Field of Research (FoR)

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Biography

Jake joined the Centre for Social Research in Health (CSRH) following nearly a decade working in harm reduction services in Sydney’s Kings Cross.  This included outreach work with the Kirketon Road Centre (KRC) and a number of years as the Counselling Unit Manager of the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC). Jake has a disciplinary background in philosophy, politics and cultural studies. He graduated from The University of...view more

Jake joined the Centre for Social Research in Health (CSRH) following nearly a decade working in harm reduction services in Sydney’s Kings Cross.  This included outreach work with the Kirketon Road Centre (KRC) and a number of years as the Counselling Unit Manager of the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC). Jake has a disciplinary background in philosophy, politics and cultural studies. He graduated from The University of Sydney in 1991 with a BA (Hons) Class 1 in Social Anthropology and completed his PhD from Utrecht University, The Netherlands, in 2018. 

Jake has a longstanding interest in the politics of injecting drug use and the potential of qualitative research to challenge the stigmatised identities and discredited knowledges commonly associated with people who inject drugs and/or are living with hepatitis C. And so doing, to map the contexts and conditions under which new and alternative understandings and possibilities are realised.  Jake is part of the CSRH's hepatitis C team and is currently working on a number of major projects, including:

  • STOP-C: A partnership project investigating the feasibility of hepatitis C treatment as prevention in the prison setting
  • SHARP-C: A partnership project investigating reinfection following treatment for hepatitis C, in both community and prison settings

Jake sits on the editorial board of the International Journal of Drug Policy and the Harm Reduction Journal. He also works closely with government and non-government organisations engaged in advocacy, health promotion and service provision for people who use illicit drugs. Jake is a community member of the New South Wales Users' and AIDS Association (NUAA) and Unharm, a grassroots organisation campaigning to make drug use safe and ethical. In 2020, Jake joined the board of Harm Reduction Australia (HRA), a national organisation committed to reducing the health, social and economic harms potentially associated with drug use.


My Grants

 


 


 


  • Brener, L., Rance, J., Bryant, J., Treloar, C., & Ritter, A. (2018-2019). Evaluation of NADA’s Consumer Participation Project. Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (NADA) [UNSW Grant number: RG180231]
  • MacLean, S., Bryant, J., Best, D., Room, R., Wilson, A., Bruun, A., Rance, J. (2012-2014) Characteristics of vulnerable young people in inner-city areas who use alcohol and other drugs: policing and pathways to diversion and care. National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund (NDLERF) [UNSW Grant number: RG133659]
  • Treloar, C., & Rance, J. (2012-2014) Evaluation of NUAA’s Consumer Participation in Drug treatment Project. NSW Users & AIDS Association (NUAA) [UNSW Grant number: RG114311]
  • Treloar, C., & Rance, J. (2011-2012) ETHOS: A qualitative evaluation of the client and provider experience of care, assessment and treatment for HCV infection in opiate substitution settings [qualitative sub-study, NHMRC number: 568985]

My Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Class 1, The University of Sydney, 1991
  • PhD, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, 2018

My Awards

AWARDS

Academic Scholarship to attend the 7th International Symposium on Hepatitis Care in Substance Users (INHSU) Cascais, September 2018.

Top Ranked Abstract by PhD Student in Social Science Research, 7th International Symposium on Hepatitis Care in Substance Users (INHSU) Cascais, September 2018.


My Engagement

Jake is a member of the NSW Users and AIDS Assoication (NUAA), the peak drug-user advocate organisation in NSW, Australia; Unharm, a not-for-profit charity committed to campaigning for fair and pragmatic alternatives to existing drug policies; Harm Reduction Australia (HRA), a national membership-based organisation committed to reducing the health, social and economic harms potentially associated with drug use; and the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), a leading US-based NGO that campaigns for compassionate, scientifically-informed responses to drug use.

 

Jake works closely with government and non-government organisations (NGO) engaged in advocacy, health promotion and service provision for people who use illicit drugs.

Jake currently sits on a number of advisory boards: the User’s News Editorial Advisory Committee (NUAA); South East Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) Hepatitis C Health Promotion & Prevention Advisory Group; and the SESLHD Drug and Alcohol Consumer Participation Project Advisory Committee. 

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Location

322 Goodsell Building

Contact

+61 2 9385 4743