Dr Billie M Lister

Lecturer

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

School of Education and Social Sciences

billie.lister@hull.ac.uk

01482 346311

Billie has extensive experience conducting qualitative research investigating the commercial sex industry around the UK.

She has looked at the criminalisation of ‘kerb-crawlers’ in Scotland and the impact this had on the working strategies of women involved in street prostitution in Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

Her PhD looked at changing working conditions inside Scotland’s lap-dancing venues, from the perspective of dancers.

Billie specialises in participant-centred research around sensitive topics. Her most recent research looked at the impact of current legislation on indoor sex workers in England.

Research

Research Interests

  • Commercial sex industry

  • International sex tourism

  • Social media, modernity and identity

  • Participatory action research

  • Ethnography

  • Feminist standpoint theory

  • The sociology of tattooing and body modification

Publications

Lister B, ‘The impact of criminalisation on indoor sex workers in England and Wales and the need for legislative change', in FitzGerald S A and McGarry K (eds), Realising Justice for Sex Workers: An Agenda for Change, Global Political Economies of Gender and Sexuality, Policy Network, London (2018)

Hubbard P, Lister B, ‘Sexual Entertainment, Dread Risks and The Heterosexualisation of Community Space', in Maginn P J and Steinmetz C(eds), (Sub)Urban SexScapes - Geographies and Regulation of the Sex Industries, Routledge, London (2014)

Lister B, '"Yeah, they’ve started to get a bit fucking cocky"... Culture, economic change and shifting power relations within the Scottish lap-dancing industry', Graduate Journal of Social Science, 11(2), pp 38-54 (2015)

Lister B, Triple Book Review: Prostitution Policy in the Nordic Region: Ambiguous Sympathies by Skilbrei M and Holmstrom C, Leaving Prostitution: Getting Out and Staying Out of Sex Work by Oselin S, and Selling Sex: Experience, Advocacy and Research on Sex Work in Canada by van der Meulen E, Durisn E M and Love V, The British Journal of Criminology, 56 (1), pp 196–201 (2016)

Lister B, Book Review: Prostitution in the Community, Attitudes, Action and Resistance by Kingston S, The British Journal of Criminology, 56(3), pp 626–627 (2016)

Teaching

Programmes taught on

Modules list

  • Sex Work, Policy and Crime,

  • Criminal Evidence and Investigation

  • Gender, Sexualities and Crime

Research PhDs

Female sex work in the UK and internationally, including prostitution, lapdancing/stripping, internet sex work, deviant lifestyles/sub groups, cultural sexualisation, participatory action research, ethnography, social media, modernity and identity construction.

Completed PhDs

  • Ahearne G, A Thematic Analysis of the Experiences of Female Sex Workers in Prison, Leeds Beckett University (2017)

Teaching awards and accolades

  • HEA Fellowship

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, Leeds Beckett University (2016)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Sociology and Criminology, University of Stirling

  • MSc Applied Social Research (ESRC accredited), University of Stirling

  • PhD Sociology and Social Policy, University of Stirling

Awards and accolades

  • Leeds Beckett Early Career Research Prize 2016-17

  • ESRC 3+1 studentship 2006-2012