Robin Room is a sociologist who has directed alcohol and drug research centres in the United States, Canada and Sweden, and now in Australia, his native country. He is a Professor at the School of Population Health of the University of Melbourne and at the Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs at Stockholm University, and the Director of the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research at Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia. He has received awards for scientific contributions in the U.S., Sweden and Australia, and the premier international award in alcohol studies, the Jellinek Memorial Award for Alcohol Studies. Since 2006, he has been President of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia, the national peak body of non-governmental organisations in the field. He has been an advisor for the World Health Organisation since 1975, has been a president of an international scientific society, the Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol, and is Editor-in Chief of Drug and Alcohol Review.
Professor Room's research is on social, cultural and epidemiological studies of alcohol, drugs and gambling behaviour and problems, and studies of social responses to alcohol and drug problems and of the effects of policy changes. Recent books on which he is a co-author include Cannabis Policy: Moving beyond Stalemate; Drug Policy and the Public Good, and the 2nd edition of Alcohol – No Ordinary Commodity, all published by Oxford UP.