Doctor Kev Dertadian

Doctor Kev Dertadian

Lecturer, Criminology Online,
Sociology (SSAP)

Lecturer, Criminology Online,
Sociology (SSAP)


Kev Dertadian, Ph.D. is a social researcher interested in alcohol and other drugs, the sociology of crime and deviance, and social and cultural theory. Kev has conducted several projects on the non-medical use of pharmaceuticals, focusing in particular on young people's use of opioids. He currently teaches the first year unit Crime Deviance and Society (Online) and the third year unit Culture and Crime.

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  • PhD University of Western Sydney


  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Drugs Use
  • Drugs and Addiction
  • Ethnography
  • Qualitaive Research Methods

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Sociology (SSAP)
  • Sociology (SSAP)


Phone: (02) 9772 6988
Location: 3.6.10

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101562 Culture and Crime, 2017
  • 102039 Crime, Deviance and Society, 2017



  • Dertadian, G. (2019), 'A Fine Line: Painkillers and Pleasure in the Age of Anxiety', : Palgrave Macmillan 9789811319747.

Journal Articles

  • Maher, L. and Dertadian, G. (2018), 'Qualitative research', Addiction, vol 113, no 1 , pp 167 - 172.
  • Dertadian, G., Iversen, J., Dixon, T., Sotiropoulos, K. and Maher, L. (2017), 'Pharmaceutical opioid use among oral and intravenous users in Australia : a qualitative comparative study', International Journal of Drug Policy, vol 41 , pp 51 - 58.
  • Iversen, J., Dertadian, G., Geddes, L. and Maher, L. (2017), 'High risk injecting behaviour among people who inject pharmaceutical opioids in Australia', International Journal of Drug Policy, vol 42 , pp 1 - 6.
  • Dertadian, G., Dixon, T., Iversen, J. and Maher, L. (2017), 'Self-limiting non-medical pharmaceutical opioid use among young people in Sydney, Australia : an exploratory study', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol 36, no 5 , pp 643 - 650.
  • Dertadian, G. and Maher, L. (2014), 'From oxycodone to heroin : two cases of transitioning opioid use in young Australians', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol 33, no 1 , pp 102 - 104.

Conference Papers

  • Dertadian, G. (2013), 'Proscribed perception : participant perspectives on legitimacy & criminality in the non-medical use of painkillers', Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference, University of Tasmania.
  • Dertadian, G. (2012), 'Pill Heads : governance, normalization & risk in prescription drug use', Annual Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference, Cairns Qld..

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