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Dr Billie Lister | CURRICULUM VITAE

May 2014

Current Research and Teaching Experience

I am currently a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University. I have experience of lecturing and delivering seminars on the following topics;

  • Social Differentiation
  • Social Problems
  • Research Methods
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Disability
  • Childhood
  • Age
  • Classical Sociological Theory
  • Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • Feminist Social Theory
  • The Sociology of HIV/AIDS
  • Understanding the commercial sex industry (Masters level)
  • UK Social Policy
  • Deviance and Social Control – particularly Moral Panics
  • Crime, Justice and Society

I specialise in the design, collection and analysis of qualitative research. I am especially experienced in working on projects of a sensitive nature, due to my work researching the commercial sex industry and currently, the impact of welfare reform on claimants located in Scotland.

Prior to completing my Ph.D in November 2012, I joined the University of Kent as a Research Associate on the ESRC funded project ‘Sexualisation, Nuisance and Safety: Sexual Entertainment Venues and the Management of Risk’. I was given sole responsibility for ensuring the research satisfied the remit stipulated in the project bid.

Education

2008 – 2012 Ph.D in Sociology | University of Stirling
Thesis Title: Precarious labour and disposable bodies: The effects of cultural and economic change upon sexualised labour in lap-dancing venues in Scotland.
Supervisors: Dr Margaret Malloch and Professor Gill McIvor
Examiners: Dr Teela Sanders, Dr Ian McIntosh and Dr Niall Hamilton-Smith
2007 – 2008 M.Sc Applied Social Research | University of Stirling
Dissertation Title: “I think this situation is going to get worse and worse”: New ideologies and the implications of the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Act 2007 – what does the future hold for street based sex workers in Aberdeen?
2003 – 2007 BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology | University of Stirling
Dissertation Title: Street sex work in Edinburgh: After the Moral Crusade.

Employment

2013 – June 2014 Research Associate | Employment Research Institute, Edinburgh Napier University
Tracking study on the impact of welfare reform on claimants in Scotland.
2013 Researcher / Volunteer Coordinator | Swansea University & Terrence Higgins Trust
The Student Sex Work Project.
2012 Research Associate | University Of Kent
ESRC project: “Sexualisation, nuisance and safety: Sexual Entertainment Venues and the management of risk”. Prof. Phil Hubbard (PI) and Dr. Rachela Colosi (Co-i)
2011 Policy Analyst | The Scottish Government
Serious and Organised Crime and Drugs Policy.
2007 – 2009 Teaching Assistant | University Of StirlingProvision of lectures and tutorials on a range of topics covered by the University of Stirling’s BA Sociology syllabus, marking coursework and invigilating exams.

Teaching

2014 ‘Utilising Feminist Standpoint in Social Research’ | University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Guest lecture
2007 – 2009 The Sociology of Social Problems | University of Stirling
Lectures and tutorials covering Crime and Punishment, Deviance and Social Control, Criminological Theory, Media and Moral Panics and The Sociology of HIV/AIDS.
2007 – 2009 Social Differentiation | University of Stirling
Lectures and tutorials covering Disability, Age, Childhood, Gender, Age and Class and Inequality.
2007 – 2009 The Development of Social Theory | University of Stirling
Lectures and tutorials covering classical social theory including Marx, Durkheim and Weber. Also contemporary social theory including Giddens, Beck, Goffman, Foucault and feminist social theories.
2007 – 2009 Understanding Social Policy | University of Stirling
Lectures and tutorials covering the UK Welfare State, influences on policy making and health policy.

Publications

Submitted publication “These days, we are very expendable”: The impact of economic and cultural shifts on dancers in Scotland’ lap-dancing clubs
Guest Edition: Blurred Lines: The Contested Nature of Sex Work in a Changing Social Landscape – Graduate Journal of Social Science
2014 Book Chapter: Sexual Entertainment, Dread Risks and The Heterosexualisation of Community Space | Phil Hubbard and Billie Lister
Publication: (Sub) Urban SexScapes – Geographies and Regulation of the Sex Industries. Edited by Paul Maginn & Christine Steinmetz.
2014 Tracking Report: The Impact of Welfare Reform in Scotland – Lister et al
Edinburgh: The Scottish Government.
2012 Final Report: Sexualisation, nuisance and safety: Sexual Entertainment Venues and The Management of Risk – Lister et al
University of Kent
2009 Report: Consumers engagement with illicit markets | Billie Lister
The Scottish Government

Conferences and Seminars

2014 Paper: ’Precarious Labour and Disposable Bodies:
How Economic and Cultural Change had Impacted on working life in Scotland’s lap-dancing venuesBritish Sociological Association Conference, University of Leeds
2012 Research findings presentation ‘Sexualisation, nuisance and safety: Sexual entertainment venues and the Management of Risk’
University of Kent
2012 Paper: A changing industry: Women’s Experiences of conducting sexual labour in lap-dancing venues in Scotland.
University of Kent
2011 Paper: Exploring the Sexual Circus: Women’s Experiences of their performance of sexualised labour in lap-dancing venues in Scotland
Bi-Annual Postgraduate Sex Work Conference, University of Leeds
2009 Paper: “I think this situation is going to get worse and worse”: New ideologies and the implications of the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Act 2007 – what does the future hold for sex workers in Aberdeen
International Labour Process Conference, University of Leicester

Grants and Funding

2014 Edinburgh Napier University Conference Grant  | British Sociological Association
2011 ESRC Conference Grant | Bi annual Postgraduate Sex Work Conference
2008 – 2012 ESRC 3+1 Award | University of Stirling
2008 ESRC Conference Grant | International Labour Process Conference
2005 – 2006 International Studentship Placement at University of Toronto

Media, Blogs and Podcasts

2013 Viva Survivors
http://viva-survivors.com/2013/06/episode-20-dr-billie-lister
2013 Plastic Doll Heads
http://plasticdollheads.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/diamond-dolls-dr-billie-lister-paying-it-foward
2012 BBC News – ‘Maidstone polled for University of Kent lap-dancing study’
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-17432013