Neil McKeganey

Neil McKeganey is a sociologist who has carried out research in the area of legal and illegal drugs over the past 25 years. In 1994, he founded the Centre for Drug Misuse Research at the University of Glasgow, and in 2005 he was invited to the U.S. White House to discuss his research on teenage drug use.

In 2012 he was awarded the Nils Bejerot prize for international drug policy. McKeganey has worked in conjunction with a wide range of governments and international bodies, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

McKeganey is the author of six books and more than 200 peer-reviewed academic papers. He has written for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Times, the Daily Mail, The Independent and the Daily Telegraph, and he has also contributed to numerous television and radio programs on aspects of drug use.

In 2011 McKeganey formed the Centre for Substance Use Research as an independent research group undertaking studies in the area of tobacco harm reduction and the contribution of electronic nicotine-delivery systems to reduce the harms of smoking.

McKeganey has worked with a wide range of tobacco companies and e-cigarette companies in undertaking studies that are designed to assist those companies with their applications for regulatory approval for their reduced-risk products.