Dr. Aysel Sultan
Dr Aysel Sultan is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the Institute for Drug Research of the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences. Dr. Sultan holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Baku State University, a Master’s in Social Work from Vytautas Magnus University, and a PhD in Educational Sciences from Goethe University Frankfurt. Between April and December 2020, she held a postdoctoral research fellowship funded by the Minerva Foundation at the Minerva Center on Intersectionality in Aging of the University of Haifa.
Her main research focuses on drug use and recovery among various age cohorts, international drug policy, as well as, health and social policy. She works within the frames of STS, 'new' materialism, and posthuman theory across educational sciences and sociology. Dr. Sultan is also co-editor of the peer-reviewed, international scientific journal "Drugs and Alcohol Today" (Emerald) and an editorial board member of “Childhood Vulnerability” Journal (Springer).
Sultan, A. (2021). Aging with drug use: Theorizing intersectionally with material gerontology and critical drug studies. Journal of Aging Studies. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaging.2021.100990
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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12187-021-09874-5
Sultan, A. & Duff, C. (2021). Assembling and diversifying social contexts of recovery. International Journal of Drug Policy. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2020.102979
Sultan, A. & Werse, B. (2019). "Motivations for prescription drug use in a marginalized open drug scene", Drugs and Alcohol Today. https://doi.org/10.1108/DAT-08-2019-0036
Sultan, A. & Andresen, S. (2019). ‘A child on drugs’: Conceptualising childhood experiences of agency and vulnerability. Global Studies of Childhood. https://doi.org/10.1177/2043610619860996
Sultan, A. & Mažeikienė, N. (2019). Living with HIV in post-Soviet states: Rejecting individual stigma through social activism. International Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1177/0020872819858746
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.https://doi.org/10.1080/09687637.2021.1906847
Uhl, A., Strizek, J., Stothard, B., Klein, A., and Sultan, A. (2021). Alcohol policy and evidence. Drugs and Alcohol Today, 21(1), 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1108/DAT-03-2021-077
Klein, A., Sultan, A., & Stothard, B. (2020). In this issue. Drugs and Alcohol Today, 20(4), 305–306.
Sultan, A., & Hupli, A. (2020). Beyond prescription drugs: International perspectives on extra-medical use. Drugs and Alcohol Today, 20(1), 1-5.
Andresen, S., König, J., & Sultan, A. (2019).Editorial. Childhood Vulnerability Journal, 2(1–3), 1-2. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41255-020-00012-x
Sultan, A. (2021). Drug Services in Azerbaijan During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Baku Research Institute. https://bakuresearchinstitute.org/en/drug-services-in-azerbaijan-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/
Sultan A. (2020). A review of global drug policy: Is legalization the future? Baku Research Institute.https://bakuresearchinstitute.org/en/a-review-of-global-drug-policy-is-legalization-the-future/
Sultan, A. (2018). Overlooked Youth: How Does National Drug Discourse Influence Recovery in Azerbaijan? Baku Research Institute. https://bakuresearchinstitute.org/en/overlooked-youth-how-does-national-drug-discourse-influence-recovery-in-azerbaijan/
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)
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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