Leisure or livelihood: Team


Prof Gerda Reith
(Co- Investigator)

Gerda is a Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow with a longstanding specialism in gambling and problem gambling; its causes, consequences and cultural meanings. She has written extensively on the empirical and theoretical issues around these topics, and her book, The Age of Chance: Gambling in Western Culture, won the Philip Abrams Prize for the best book in sociology for 2000. Her latest book is Addictive Consumption: Capitalism, Modernity and Excess.

Gerda actively engages with gambling policy makers globally and has conducted extensive research across gambling and consumption-related topics. Gerda is a commissioner on the Lancet Public Health Commission on Gambling and the Howard League Commission on Crime and Problem Gambling

Gerda is a co-investigator on the British Academy funded Leisure or Livelihoods project, a member of Gambling Research Glasgow and a founding convenor of Gambling Realities Africa.