The Sex Work Research Hub connects researchers and academics across a range of Universities and disciplines working on sex work, sex working and sexual exploitation.

We also connect with sex workers, sex work support projects and other stakeholders, such as lawyers, police, policy makers, educationalists, youth and community workers, to support and develop research that produces new knowledge, critiques dominant discourses on sex work, as well as delivering tangible public benefit and impact.

Aims: The Sex Work Research Hub provides a space for researchers, students, sex workers, and external partners and stakeholders concerned with the sex industry in its broadest sense, as well as exploitation, to:

  • Share information and web links;
  • Advertise and run seminars, lectures and affiliated events; and
  • Support and provide research and consultancy.

The governance of the SWRH is underpinned by participatory and collaborative principles that centralize and respect the lives and experiences of sex workers.

Ethos: The Sex Work Research Hub is underpinned by principles of:

  • Collaboration
  • Participatory Action Research – collaborating with sex workers, practitioners and grass roots organisations
  • Evidence based policy
  • High ethical standards in sex work research
  • Research & evaluation that informs policy and praxis
  • Advances in research methodology including visual, performative and filmic methods

Chairs: Maggie O’Neill, Rosie Campbell, Teela Sanders.

Steering Group: Belinda Brooks-Gordon, Debbie Jones, Mary Laing, Kate Lister, Nick Mai, Tracey Sagar, Jane Scoular, Nicki Smith.

Further infohttps://www.york.ac.uk/sociology/research/current-research/swrh/