by Kate Lister
Monday saw the publication of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade’s report into sexual exploitation in England and Wales - the ominously titled ‘Behind Closed Doors’. If you skip to the endnotes section of this report that details ‘evidence collection’, you will see that APPG requested and received written evidence from numerous groups, including the Sex Work Research Hub - a network of 150 researchers and academics across a range of Universities and disciplines working on sex work, and sexual exploitation. As a board member of the Sex Work Research Hub I can confirm that the hub did indeed provide detailed data on so called ‘popup brothels’ and online sex work to the APPG, and I can also confirm that virtuously all of it was ignored in the final report itself. Data on sex work was also gathered from National Ugly Mugs, the English Collective of Prostitutes, SCOT-PEP, Beyond the Gaze, and Basis Yorkshire. The vast majority of which was ignored, or buried in the reference notes, in favour of a handful of case studies, cherrypicked or anecdotal evidence, and an aggressive anti sex work agenda.
We are looking for 2x research assistants for a short period -10 weeks- to help us develop the following.
Warm Greetings to all, Maggie, Rosie and Teela & on behalf of the SWRH Board.
Sex Work Research Hub Good Practice Guide: Sex work & participatory action research
Supported by UOY Sociology department research funds the SWRH led by Maggie O'Neill and Rosie Campbell are producing a Good Practice Research Resource [toolkit] to support the research community when conducting participatory action research and participatory arts research with sex workers. This will include a focus and guidance on research ethics.
We are seeking 2x RA's to work with us on this over a ten week period, ie., five weeks each or equivalent
The main tasks include:
a) contacting the 140 members in the Sex Work Research Hub for:
● examples of PAR/PA from their own empirical research;
● resources/readings that they use
● ethical issues, challenges and benefits/successes
● examples of challenges and benefits
b) collate the information
c) produce a report and 1st draft guidance
d) assist Professor O’Neill and Dr Campbell to prepare case studies from the research gathered and write the research resource/guidance for the academic community based on expertise in the hub
The RA's will be co-authors on the guidance.
Understanding and experience of PAR/PA
Ability to use online design tool/s e.g. Canva
Sex Work community experience.
Good communication skills and experience
Generic Research Skills to include literature review, structured interviewing, transcribing, thematic analysis.
Ability to work as a team.
Report design and writing.
The University is required to undertake a right to work check.
Applications in the form of a covering letter outlining fit to the criteria, previous experience and why you want the position and a CV to be sent to Maggie and Rosie at York, Dept Sociology, Wentworth College, University of York, York Yo10 5DD by Monday 4th June. OR by email to: email@example.com
The successful candidates will be employed on a temporary contract by University of York at a rate of £10.75 per hour, for a maximum of 20 hours a week for the contract duration.'
Three New Board Members Needed
The Board of the Sex Work Research Hub is now some 150+ members strong, made up of mainly academic researchers but also practitioners engaged in researcher, sex work project members who do research and evaluation and students. In growing and moving beyond a mailing list, we would like to recruit TWO new Board members from our existing membership.
Roles: We are currently have roles related to membership (Teela Sanders); media and communication (Kate Lister, Raven Bowen, Nicki Smith); migrancy issues (Nick Mai); learning and teaching (Debbie Jones). We are keen to develop roles in
If you have experience in any of these roles or are keen to move these forward then this will be gratefully viewed. ECRs & practitioners involved in research are encouraged to apply.
Commitment: As a Board we commit a minimum of 4 hours a month to activities, including Board meeting attendance (remotely). We expect members to take an equal share in attending hub supported events and to be innovative in developing and organising events where possible. The commitment is a minimum one year, and has to reside in the UK during this time.
How to Apply: Please send a short cover note and CV, including the name of someone who is a hub member who will act as nominator. State clearly the role you are interested in. Please send this to Teela Sanders (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the 30th May.
Please note that there are no funds connected to the SWRH at present and Board membership is entirely based on pro bono assistance.
Our current Board are: Professor Maggie O’Neill, Dr Rosie Campbell OBE, Dr Nicki Smith, Raven Bowen, Professor Jane Scoular, Professor Nicola Mai, Debbie Jones, Dr Belinda Brooks Gordon, Professor Teela Sanders, Dr Kate Lister
We want to say a huge thank you for the support of Tracey Sagar and Mary Laing who have supported the hub from the early days.
With best wishes Board of SWRH