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.

I nostri progetti di ricerca

Needs analysis and co-partecipation in the redefinition of “vision” and “mission” of the ‘Centro Servizi Volontariato’ in Cuneo (Piedmont)

The initiative is part of the co-construction activities of the Centre’s vision and mission, to formulate its identity and contribute to the planning of 2022 activities. The main objective is to increase knowledge of the world of volunteering in the territory of Cuneo, focusing attention on needs, changes and new trends in terms of civil commitment.

Eclectica has carried out the analysis of needs and the detection of useful elements to contribute to the path of redifining the identity and roles of the CVS, highlighting opportunities and constraints.

Evaluation of experimental inteventions – ALCOTRA PROSOL – Senior and WE-PRO Proximity

Field investigation and desks in order to identify: methods of providing home services and other proximity services in the several involved territories (distribution of services and access); proximity networks present in the 4 different territories involved (3 in France and 1 Italian); interviews with local operators who initiated the interventions; report for each territory.


Problematic Gamblers and Access to Services

The project, fundend by ASL TO3, aims to: 1) investigate the barriers that hinder access to services by those who experienced gambling-related problems.; 2) facilitate emergence of demand for help by creating networks among various stakeholders. 30 in-depths interviews were carried out in the territories of ASL TO4, ASL CN1 and ASL VCO.


Use of drugs and drug checking in the nightlife setting

Promoted by the Addiction Department of the ASL TO4, the research aims at investigating the needs of young people who use illegal drugs in the harm reduction perspective. It includes 1) a series of individual face-to-face interviews with young people attending music festivals and events and 2) the analysis of a chat of users on a mobile phone app. Both studies will also investigate the impact of the Covid-19 and lockdown measures on drug use.


Study on gambling careers and on the impact of regulation

Promoted by ASL TO3 and by Piedmont Region, the study aims at analysing the impact of regional law 9/2016 from the gamblers’ perspective and by using a trajectory-based approach. Furthermore the study aims at providing insights to local health professionals in order to develop prevention and intervention strategies.


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.


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.



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

Progetto ERANID, coordinato dal Trimbos Institute di Utrecht, che utilizzando metodi quantitativi e qualitativi intende approfondire i modelli di consumo di sostanze legati alla scena della musica elettronica in Europa.

Nell’ambito del progetto Eclectica è impegnata in un’analisi qualitativa dei social media utilizzati dai club per approfondire le culture musicali e del divertimento in una prospettiva comparata.


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)


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