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Dr Mary Laing

Senior Lecturer

Department: Social Sciences

Prior to this she completed both an undergraduate and MA degree at Manchester University in human geography, a PhD in human geography at Loughborough University, and a post-doc funded by a Commonwealth Scholarship in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences at Northumbria University.


  • Other Courses PhD September 01 2006
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2011

Key Publications

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  • Criminological policy mobilities and sex work: Understanding the movement of the ‘Swedish model’ to Northern Ireland, McMenzie, L., Cook, I., Laing, M. 17 Jan 2019, In: British Journal of Criminology
  • Policing the Sex Industry: Protection, Paternalism and Politics, Sanders, T., Laing, M. 7 Dec 2017
  • Trans sex workers in the UK, Laing, M., Campbell, D., Jones, M., Strohmayer, A. 7 Dec 2017, Policing the Sex Industry, Taylor & Francis
  • Queer Sex Work, Laing, M., Smith, N., Pilcher, K. 1 Jan 2015
  • Male Escorting, Safety & National Ugly Mugs: Queering Policy & Practice on the Reporting of Crimes Against Sex Workers, Bryce, A., Campbell, R., Pitcher, J., Laing, M., Irving, A., Brandon, J., Swindells, K., Safrazyan, S. 2015, Queer Sex Work, London, Taylor & Francis
  • Mapping the off-street sex industry in Newcastle upon Tyne: An initial analysis, Laing, M., Harding, J., McKenzie, L. 2015
  • Selling Sex Invisibly: Solicitation as an Invisible Crime, Laing, M. Oct 2014, Invisible Crimes and Social Harms, Basingstoke, Macmillan
  • Governing sex work in the city, Laing, M., Cook, I. 5 Aug 2014, In: Geography Compass
  • Health and Wellness Services for Male Sex Workers, Gaffney, J., Laing, M. 2014, Male sex work and society, New York, Harrington Park Press
  • National Ugly Mugs Pilot Scheme Evaluation Report, Laing, M., Pitcher, J., Irving, A. Aug 2013


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