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Dr Gemma Ahearne PhD

Senior Lecturer Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology


Research Overview

In Dec 2023 have been awarded a BBSRC and ESRC Impact Acceleration Account grant for the amount of £22,985 with Dr John Tulloch, The analysis of solicitors’ records to contextualise events surrounding dog bites and attacks. We are also working on a large (£350,000) grant bid investigating the relationship between OCGs and dangerous dogs.

Theology Sex Work

I am a Visiting Fellow at the University of Leeds in the Centre for Religion and Public Life.

My research is influenced by the gaps left in my Ph.D literature review, and the ongoing influence of right wing religious groups and radical feminists in sex work policy and debate.

Needs Assessment

I am currently undertaking a Needs Assessment for a sex work charity.

Stripped Bare: Talking Fantasy and Selling Sex

I am currently writing a book on the stripping industry and its relation to broader processes of regulating women's bodies within a sexualized society.