For her Master’s thesis in the Medical Anthropology and Sociology program at the University of Amsterdam, Hayley researched risk practices in risk environments, namely ecstasy use at Dutch music festivals. She was interested to see how recreational drug users perceived, manage, and legitimize the risks and harms related to their drug use in a festival setting. This project reflected her interests in harm reduction, risk practices, and communities within certain socio-physical environments. She continued her research with substance users for an Amsterdam-based harm reduction agency where she explored the benefits and challenges of peer involvement.
After completing her Master’s she first contributed to the Chemical Youth project as a junior researcher and currently acts as coordinator for the project.