Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Education and Social Sciences


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.

Postgraduate supervision

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)