Dr. Aysel Sultan

Short biography


Research Articles

Sultan, A. (2021). Aging with drug use: Theorizing intersectionally with material gerontology and critical drug studies. Journal of Aging Studies.

Sultan, A. (2021). ‘What’s the Problem Represented to Be?’ The Place and Wellbeing of Young People in Azerbaijan’s Drug Policy. Child Indicators Research

Sultan, A. & Duff, C. (2021). Assembling and diversifying social contexts of recovery. International Journal of Drug Policy.

Sultan, A. & Werse, B. (2019). "Motivations for prescription drug use in a marginalized open drug scene", Drugs and Alcohol Today.

Sultan, A. & Andresen, S. (2019). ‘A child on drugs’: Conceptualising childhood experiences of agency and vulnerability. Global Studies of Childhood.

Sultan, A. & Mažeikienė, N. (2019). Living with HIV in post-Soviet states: Rejecting individual stigma through social activism. International Social Work. 


Book Reviews

Stothard, B. & Sultan, A. (2021). Book Review. Research Handbook on International Drug
Policy, edited by David R. Bewley-Taylor and Khalid Tinasti. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, 2020, 391 pp., ISBN 978-1-78811-705-0 (hardback). Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy.



Uhl, A., Strizek, J., Stothard, B., Klein, A., and Sultan, A. (2021). Alcohol policy and evidence. Drugs and Alcohol Today, 21(1), 1-5.

Klein, A., Sultan, A., & Stothard, B. (2020). In this issue. Drugs and Alcohol Today20(4), 305–306.

Sultan, A., & Hupli, A. (2020). Beyond prescription drugs: International perspectives on extra-medical use. Drugs and Alcohol Today20(1), 1-5.

Andresen, S., König, J., & Sultan, A. (2019).Editorial. Childhood Vulnerability Journal2(1–3), 1-2.


Other publications

Sultan, A. (2021). Drug Services in Azerbaijan During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Baku Research Institute.

Sultan A. (2020). A review of global drug policy: Is legalization the future? Baku Research Institute.

Sultan, A. (2018). Overlooked Youth: How Does National Drug Discourse Influence Recovery in Azerbaijan? Baku Research Institute.

Conference Presentations and Lectures

2021 “Theorizing intersectionally with material gerontology and critical drug studies”, European Society for Social Drug Research (ESSD), September 30 – October 1, virtual Vienna (Paper)


2021 “Deleuzian approach to rethinking vulnerability: A case study of recovery from drug use in military service”, Lecture series on Vulnerability: Interdisciplinary approaches. March 24, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, virtual (Invited Lecture)


2020 “Transcending experiences, limiting concepts: How to rethink ‘recovery’ in a non-standard comparative study?”, EASST/4S joined conference, August 18-21, virtual Prague (Paper, Session chair)


2019 "Unfolding social and material practices of drug treatment for youth in Azerbaijan and Germany", Lisbon Addictions (the third European Conference on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies), October 23-25, Lisbon, Portugal (Paper)


2019 "Rethinking recovery: Unfolding social and material practices", 5th Contemporary Drug Problems (CDP) Conference, September 4-6, Prato, Italy (Paper)


2019 "Azerbaijan's national drug policy reflected in recovery of youth who use drugs", 7th Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators (ISCI), August 27-29, Tartu, Estonia (Paper)


2019 “The stake of a ‘non-standard’ comparative approach: Drug treatment policies of Azerbaijan and Germany", 13th annual conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP), May 22-24, Paris, France (Paper)


2018 “Recovery and vulnerability in alcohol and other drug use treatment of adolescents”, 1st Childhood Vulnerability Conference, December 12-14, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (Paper, co-organizer)


2018 “Recovery as an assemblage: Empirical findings from Azerbaijan”, the 12th annual conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP), May 16-18, Vancouver, Canada (Paper)


2017 "Cultural Indicators of high-risk drug use among adolescents: Cases of Azerbaijan and Germany", November 14, Vechta University, Germany (Invited lecture)


2017 “Overlooked” Azerbaijani youth: How does local drug policy affect prescription drug use patterns, Drug Science Conference, September 7-9, Berlin, Germany (Poster)


2017 „Narratives of high-risk drug use by adolescents: Cross-cultural perspectives, 4th Contemporary Drug Problems Conference (CDP), August 23-25, 2017, Helsinki, Finland (Paper)


2017 “Marginalized adolescent high-risk drug users in Azerbaijan and Germany” International Federation for Social Workers (IFSW) European Conference, May 28-30, Reykjavík, Iceland (Poster)


2017 “Drug policies in Azerbaijan and Germany reflected in the narratives of high-risk drug-user adolescents”, 11th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP), May 17-19, Århus, Denmark (Paper)


2016 ‘Person-in-context’: Using narratives to study adolescent drug use in Azerbaijan and Germany, 27th Conference of The European Society for Social Drug Research (ESSD) September 22-24, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (Paper)


2016 “Coping strategies of drug-using adolescents: Cross-cultural perspective”, 24th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD), July 10-14, Vilnius, Lithuania (Poster)

Scientific memberships

International Federation of Social Workers

European Society for Social Drug Research

The International Society for the Study of Drug Policy

MIND European Foundation for Psychedelic Science

European Association for the Study of Science and Technology

Drug Science Community


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