Dr Anjalee Cohen

Lecturer

A26 - R.C. Mills Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9114 1285

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Biographical details

I completed a PhD in the Department of Anthropology at Macquarie University in 2006. My fieldwork was undertaken in northern Thailand on Thai youth culture, focussing on consumerism, drugs and gangs in urban Chiang Mai. My dissertation explores how young Thai people construct a sense of community and identity at the intersection of global capitalism, national ideologies and local culture.

Upon the completion of my PhD I joined the Brain and Mind Research Institute of the University of Sydney where I led a qualitative research project investigating young people’s experiences of mental health care. The findings of this project were used to inform the development of “headspace” youth mental health services across Australia. In 2008 I took up a research position at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre of the University of New South Wales and acted as the Centre’s international research coordinator. I facilitated research collaboration with academic institutions and international organisations in the Asia-Pacific region including the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime. I also undertook ethnographic research on drug tourism in Pai, northern Thailand, for which I received an Australian Endeavour Research Fellowship in 2009.

As a result of my research in the public health field, I have become increasingly interested in medical anthropology and the valuable contribution ethnographic research can make to health interventions. Other areas of interest include youth culture and identity, globalisation and consumerism, urbanisation and experiences of modernity in contemporary Thailand and Southeast Asia.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Cohen, A., McGregor, C. (2010). The Emergence of Methamphetamine in Thailand: Interventions and Treatment. In Richard Pates, Diane Riley (Eds.), Interventions for Amphetamine Misuse, (pp. 159-171). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

Journals

  • Cohen, A. (2014). Crazy for Ya Ba: Methamphetamine use among northern Thai youth. International Journal of Drug Policy, 25(4), 776-782. [More Information]
  • Cohen, A. (2011). Northern Thai Youth and 'Subcultural Capital' in Chiang Mai city. Chiang Mai University Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 11(2), 58-65.
  • Medlow, S., Kelk, N., Cohen, A., Hickie, I. (2010). Facilitating early intervention: experiences of young people and implications for the shaping of headspace services. Australasian Psychiatry, 18(4), 335-339. [More Information]
  • Cohen, A. (2009). Dek Inter and the "Other": Thai Youth Subcultures in Urban Chiang Mai. Sojourn, 24(2), 161-185. [More Information]
  • Cohen, A., Medlow, S., Kelk, N., Hickie, I. (2009). Young People's Experiences of Mental Health Care: Implications for the headspace Youth Mental Health Foundation. Youth Studies Australia, 28(1), 13-20.

Conferences

  • Cohen, A. (2015). Northern Thai Youth and 'Subcultural Capital' in Chiang Mai City. Asian Identities: Trends in a Globalized World, Bangkok, Thailand: Asian Identities: Trends in a Globalized World.
  • Cohen, A. (2013). Crazy for ya ba: Young Thai people´s encounters with methamphetamine. American Anthropological Association Society for Medical Anthropology and the European Association of Social Anthropology, Universitat Rovira I Vigili, Tarragona, Spain.
  • Cohen, A. (2009). Youth and Ya Ba Use in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. International Harm Reduction Association’s 20th International Conference, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Mattick, R., Cohen, A. (2008). Overview of Evaluation Studies on Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Effectiveness. United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime Technical Seminar on Drug Addiction Prevention and Treatment: From Research to Practice, Vienna.
  • Cohen, A. (2006). Youth Culture and Identity in Urban Chiang Mai. Association for Cultural Studies Crossroads Conference, Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul.
  • Cohen, A. (2006). Youth Culture and Methamphetamine use in Northern Thailand. The 5th International Conference on Drugs and Young People, AJC Convention Centre, Sydney.
  • Cohen, A. (2004). Youth Culture and Drug Use in Northern Thailand: an initial fieldwork report. ANU Asia Pacific Week, Thai Summer School Conference, ANU, ACT.
  • Cohen, A. (2004). Youth Culture and Methamphetamine Use in Northern Thailand. Sirindorn Centre of Anthropology, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Cohen, A. (2003). Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm. Strengthening partnerships for a safer future. Asian Harm Reduction Network, Chiang Mai.

Report

  • Cohen, A. (2008). The International Arena: NDARC’s Role in Global Research. Centrelines, October, Issue 24. National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney.

2015

  • Cohen, A. (2015). Northern Thai Youth and 'Subcultural Capital' in Chiang Mai City. Asian Identities: Trends in a Globalized World, Bangkok, Thailand: Asian Identities: Trends in a Globalized World.

2014

  • Cohen, A. (2014). Crazy for Ya Ba: Methamphetamine use among northern Thai youth. International Journal of Drug Policy, 25(4), 776-782. [More Information]

2013

  • Cohen, A. (2013). Crazy for ya ba: Young Thai people´s encounters with methamphetamine. American Anthropological Association Society for Medical Anthropology and the European Association of Social Anthropology, Universitat Rovira I Vigili, Tarragona, Spain.

2011

  • Cohen, A. (2011). Northern Thai Youth and 'Subcultural Capital' in Chiang Mai city. Chiang Mai University Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 11(2), 58-65.

2010

  • Medlow, S., Kelk, N., Cohen, A., Hickie, I. (2010). Facilitating early intervention: experiences of young people and implications for the shaping of headspace services. Australasian Psychiatry, 18(4), 335-339. [More Information]
  • Cohen, A., McGregor, C. (2010). The Emergence of Methamphetamine in Thailand: Interventions and Treatment. In Richard Pates, Diane Riley (Eds.), Interventions for Amphetamine Misuse, (pp. 159-171). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

2009

  • Cohen, A. (2009). Dek Inter and the "Other": Thai Youth Subcultures in Urban Chiang Mai. Sojourn, 24(2), 161-185. [More Information]
  • Cohen, A., Medlow, S., Kelk, N., Hickie, I. (2009). Young People's Experiences of Mental Health Care: Implications for the headspace Youth Mental Health Foundation. Youth Studies Australia, 28(1), 13-20.
  • Cohen, A. (2009). Youth and Ya Ba Use in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. International Harm Reduction Association’s 20th International Conference, Bangkok, Thailand.

2008

  • Mattick, R., Cohen, A. (2008). Overview of Evaluation Studies on Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Effectiveness. United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime Technical Seminar on Drug Addiction Prevention and Treatment: From Research to Practice, Vienna.
  • Cohen, A. (2008). The International Arena: NDARC’s Role in Global Research. Centrelines, October, Issue 24. National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney.

2006

  • Cohen, A. (2006). Youth Culture and Identity in Urban Chiang Mai. Association for Cultural Studies Crossroads Conference, Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul.
  • Cohen, A. (2006). Youth Culture and Methamphetamine use in Northern Thailand. The 5th International Conference on Drugs and Young People, AJC Convention Centre, Sydney.

2004

  • Cohen, A. (2004). Youth Culture and Drug Use in Northern Thailand: an initial fieldwork report. ANU Asia Pacific Week, Thai Summer School Conference, ANU, ACT.
  • Cohen, A. (2004). Youth Culture and Methamphetamine Use in Northern Thailand. Sirindorn Centre of Anthropology, Bangkok, Thailand.

2003

  • Cohen, A. (2003). Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm. Strengthening partnerships for a safer future. Asian Harm Reduction Network, Chiang Mai.

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