Governing through harm reduction: human infrastructure as a governmental resource

Image of lights overlapping in bokeh style by Andrew Martin from; free to use under pixabay license

Event details


Date & time

Tuesday 27 September 2022


Seminar Room 1.04 Coombs Extension Building #8 Fellows Road ANU


Monique Marks

This presentation focuses on the learnings of harm reduction as a form of governing drug use disorders. The presentation provokes seminar participants to extend this approach to other areas of governance, particularly at the level of local government.

About the Speaker

Monique Marks is a Research Professor at the Durban University of Technology where she heads up the Urban Futures Centre (UFC@DUT). The UFC@DUT is a transdisciplinary hub for imagining new normative urban futures that prioritises triple helix arrangements and improvement of quality of life of the most marginal of urban dwellers. Monique also co-directs the Bellhaven Harm Reduction Centre, South Africa’s first low-threshold comprehensive harm reduction centre for people who use drugs. She is the author of 7 books and over 60 peer reviewed articles. Her research focus areas are security governance, harm reduction, and inclusive cities.

COVID protocols

  • Please do not attend this event if you feel unwell, are awaiting the results of a test or are required to self-isolate/quarantine. The ANU’s COVID Safety advice can be accessed here.
  • The ANU will continue to require that masks be worn indoors for the foreseeable future, except when eating or drinking.
  • Attendees are encouraged to use hand sanitiser and the Check in CBR app at the entrance to the building.
  • Please maintain good social hygiene by staying 1.5m apart from others and coughing/sneezing into elbows.

This seminar presentation will be in-person only.

Image credit: Image of lights overlapping in bokeh style by Andrew Martin from Pixabay (free to use under pixabay license), alluding to the triple helix model.

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