My podcast on Viva Survivors

I’ve just had a podcast published on Viva Survivors. Dr. Nathan Ryder set the Viva Survivors website a year ago as a resource to help people who were preparing for their viva, on what should expect on the day, which is probably one of the most nerve wracking days of the Ph.D student’s life! There’s twenty podcasts on the site now, including mine. You can check the site out here.

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Researcher well-being – let’s look after one another!

I came across this article a while ago and have finally found the time to write a blog post on it, it is a subject I am sure many Ph.D researchers can associate with. I know I can. The article discusses the less appealing aspects of studying for a Ph.D – naming issues such as isolation, pressure, little time for a social life and so on. The frightening thing is now that obtaining Dr. before your name doesn’t guarantee one a job – and for many, positions involve research posts which are short term, part time, and not always particularly well paid. Researcher isolation was a big problem for me, and I’ve found that other students have encountered this problem too. Throughout my Postgraduate years, I became increasingly isolated. Anyone who...

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Sponsor Rosie Campbell – swimming for National Ugly Mugs!

News has just reached my ears that Rosie Campbell will be taking part in the formidable Great North Swim to raise money for the wonderful National Ugly Mugs project. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Ugly Mugs, it is a great scheme which helps sex workers and other members of society alike. Anyone (me included) who has ever worked as part of an out-reach team knows the importance of the scheme, which allows workers to report, anonymously if they wish, incidents of violence and/or threatening behaviour directed at them by individuals whilst they are going about their work. It’s well known that the idea helps workers to communicate essential information regarding ‘dodgy punters’ to others, thus helping to safeguard the working...

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Let’s share links!

A quick, not too exciting blog post today – I’m looking to swap links with the owners of blogs which deal with the following topics; Ph.D life, Sociology/Criminology/Social Policy, Qualitative Research, Early career researcher issues for those who are involved in the Social Sciences, Sex work and Socialist Feminism. I’ve got a list of some lovely blogs so far, but I want more! So give me a bit of bedtime reading and drop me a line and we can sort out a link exchange. Billie

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My first publication – Sexual Entertainment, Dread Risks and The Heterosexualisation of Community Space

I’m pleased to announce a joint authorship I have with Professor Phil Hubbard in a chapter with a text which will be published by Routledge in 2014. The chapter will be entitled  Sexual Entertainment, Dread Risks and The Heterosexualisation of Community Space and the title of the book will be (Sub) Urban Sexscapes – Geographies and Regulation of the Sex Industry and is edited by Paul Maginn and Christine Steinmetz. It’s my first publication so I am very happy although it will be some time until the book is available to...

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‘Normal’ – Film screening looking at migration, the sex industry, and trafficking. Well worth a look!

Normal is a 65 minute creative documentary based on original anthropological research on the relationship between migration, the sex industry and sex trafficking. The film brings the real life stories of male, female and transgender migrants working in the sex industry to the screen. It draws on original research interviews with people working in the sex industry in Albania, Italy and the UK. Their voices often go against the grain of popular expectations that most migrant sex workers are exploited and forced to sell sex against their will. Confronting these attitudes, Normal uncovers a layered, human story of migration and sex work. Normal is made of unexpected, disturbing, sometimes moving and often contradictory life stories. The viewer is continually...

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The Student Sex Work Project

I’m really pleased to be working with Debbie Jones, Dr. Jacky Tyrie and Dr. Tracy Sagar on The Student Sex Work Project – the website can be found here at www.thestudentsexworkproject.co.uk I’m covering Joanne Bowring’s maternity period and will be working on this project for six months. It’s a really exciting project which is not only research based, but also assists people in reality too. This really attracted me to the project, since the best research, in my view, is research which practically helps people. The project began six months ago and aims to achieve a number of aims which are; To increase community learning and understanding about student sex worker needs and associated issues. To achieve an empirical understanding of...

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