Research

For over 20 years, Eclectica has carried out research on lifestyles and high-risk behaviors at the local and international level.

Depending on our research objectives, we employ a variety of methods, including in-depth interviews, in-person and online focus groups, participant observation, online and offline surveys, photovoice, analysis of forums and other web content, regulatory analysis, advertising and communication studies, and secondary data analysis.

Action research is a frequently used approach, as it enables our researchers to work side by side with the people who are directly involved in planning and developing social policies and measures.

One of our prime areas of interest is behavior that can lead to addiction, such as alcohol and drug consumption or gambling. In this area, Eclectica has a prominent role both in Italy and internationally, thanks in no small measure to our participation in such consolidated European networks as the Kettil Bruun Society, the EMDASS (European Master in Drugs and Alcohol Studies) program, and CEAG, the University of Helsinki Centre for Research on Addiction, Control and Governance.

Focus areas:

  • Alcohol: drinking styles and cultures, marketing, policies, prevention, treatment, alcohol-related problems
  • Drugs: consumption, market, prevention, control policies, online forums, the dark net, penal system
  • Gambling: gambling careers, regulations, economy
  • Eating disorders: young people’s representations
  • Hikikomori: prevalence and representations
  • Road safety: driver behavior, preventive measures
  • Health policies: prevention and health promotion, behaviors and lifestyles, participatory planning
  • Social health promotion campaigns and initiatives: approval ratings and effectiveness.

Our research project


Nightlife, youth consumption, interventions

Study on the consumption of legal and illegal substances among young people attending the main night economy districts of Torino. The objective is to analyse their needs and to draw suggestions on prevention and harm reduction.

2018-2019


Hikikomori, young people resistant to social relationships

The project, promoted by Cuneo Municipality, is designed at constructing a safety net around adolescents at risk of social withdrawal with the involvement of the whole educational community.

Eclectica has been part of the coordination group and has been in charge of citizens’ engagement, by carrying out a study on the psychoemotional wellbeing of adolescents in Cuneo.

2017-2019


ALAMA-nightlife

Understanding the dynamics and consequences of young adult substance use pathways. A Longitudinal And Momentary Analysis in the 5 European nightclub scene

Mixed-methods ERANID project, co-ordinated by Utrecht Trimbos Institute, aimed at investigating substance use trajectories related to the European electronic dance scene.

Eclectica is involved in a web-based qualitative study aimed at analysing clubs’ social media (facebook and Resident Advisor) in fours countries, with a comparative approach.

https://www.eranid.eu/projects/alama-nightlife/

2016-2019


Drinking, gender differences and social change. The gendered dynamics of Swedish drinking situations from a comparative perspective

La ricerca si pone l’obiettivo di esplorare i cambiamenti della cultura del bere in Svezia, Finlandia e Italia, con particolare attenzione alle specificità di genere, attraverso l’analisi delle pubblicità di bevande alcoliche pubblicate su riviste femminili dagli anni Sessanta a oggi. Center for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs, Stockholm University (SW)

2015-2017