Dr Hannah Farrimond

Research Interests

Current Grants:

#RU2Drunk? Evaluation of the roll-out of a breathalyser initiative to reduce alcohol-related violence in the South West, July-Dec '16, PI Hannah Farrimond and Katharine Boyd, Collaborators Devon and Cornwall/Dorset Police Strategic Alliance, £19, 787.ESRC IAA Project Co-creation Award.

This project extends an evaluation of a pilot breathalyzer scheme in Torquay conducted with South Devon police and DCI Neil Ralph which found almost a 40% reduction in violent crime during the month long trial. Initial research showed that some bouncers/door staff though the breathalyzers 'reconfigured the violent encounter' at the doors of pubs and clubs. This subsequent grant looks at the roll-out of the scheme in a location in Dorset (Weymouth) and across a number of locations in Devon and Cornwall (follow-up in Torquay and Truro), evaluating not only the effectiveness of the scheme in terms of crime figures but also its acceptability to the stakeholders (door staff, licensees and managers, the general public) as well as reflecting more widely on the use of new technologies in the surveillance environment of the current UK night-time economy.Two reports, useful for police forces considering introducing such schemes, can be requested from Dr Farrimond.

Reframing stop smoking services in response to e-cigarette use: An exploratory stakeholder study, Cancer Research UK, PI Dr Hannah Farrimond, Collaborator Prof. Charles Abraham, 18 months, start March 2016, £43,000.

This project builds on previous work conducted by Farrimond (2016) e-cigarette users (vapers) responses to the current regulatory environment. Funded by Cancer Research UK, it asks how stop smoking services, which are experiencing declining numbers but targetting the most socio-economically deprived and multiply vulnerable groups (e.g. those with mental health issues, pregnant women) are responding to the e-cigarette debate in their everyday practice. The debate has divided public health; the question is how do those on the ground advise and strategise in this controversial environment and how can best practice on e-cigarettes be developed (e.g. through 'e-cigarette friendly services). Interviews are being conducted with stop smoking services across the South-West, with both staff and clients giving their views. Ethnographic work in vaping shops is also being conducted. This research will also speak to national and international policy debates in Tobacco Control beyond the UK Stop Smoking Service

Police Knowledge Fund ExPERT (Exeter Policing, Evidence and Research Translation) Project, Start date Sept 2015, 18 months, Co-I, £249,450. Funding from the College of Policing and HEFCE.

This project involves staff members from the University of Exeter and the Devon and Cornwall Police Force working together to build capacity in evidence-based policing (Boyd, Rappert, Farrimond, Lang, Pearson). My particular role has focused on delivering training in evidence-based policing workshops, particularly in qualitative methods and research ethics. I have also led the workstream on Addiction, leading to the successful application of the #RU2Drunk project, as well as a police/academic writing collaboration on research ethics. The project has an international dimension, with the addition of an ESRC Impact grant to collaborate with the South African Police through the Institute for Security Studies, where a joint Evidence-Based policing workshop will be held. 

Q-Step Centre for Quantitative Methods at the University of Exeter (£1.2 million), start 2014 for five years, Academic Lead for SPA department.



Research Supervision


Completed PhDs

2008-2011 Daniele Carrieri, (co-supervisor) 'Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1): Patients and Families Experiences and Health Care System Management of a Complex Genetic Syndrome’ University of Exeter.

Examined PhDs

2015 (internal) David Wyatt

2013 (internal) Louise Bezuidenhout

2012 (internal) Sally Wasmuth

Current PhDs

Louise Toller, 1 + 3 ESRC studentship, Social constructions of a liminal condition (M.E.) in young people (first supervisor)

Georgia Smith, 1 + 3 ESRC studentship, Medication abuse and addiction in older people (joint supervision with Bristol as part of SWDTC)

Rosanna Mead, Music sociology and dementia (joint supervision)

Hazel O'Brien, Being Mormon in Ireland: An ethnographic study of two Mormon communities in Ireland (10% second supervisor)




Research Students

I am interested in supervising PhD's in the following areas

  • Sociology/psychology of health and illness
  • Smoking and vaping/e-cigarette use
  • Addiction (legal and illegal drugs)
  • Stigma and identity
  • Medicalization/pharmaceutlicalization
  • Qualitative/mixed methods/Q-methodology