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Dr Mary Laing

Senior Lecturer

Department: Social Sciences

Mary is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and joined the Department of Social Sciences in September 2010.

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.

Mary Laing

Mary's research interests centre on the regulation and criminalization of sex and sexualities, with a specific focus on the sex industry. She has completed research projects independently and in collaboration with sex workers, third-sector organisations and academics. Some of the areas explored through these collaborations are sex work policy, the experiences of male female and trans sex workers, the role of platforms and technologies in shaping the sex industry and the experiences of academics researching sex work. Mary is a trustee of National Ugly Mugs (NUM), a national award-winning sex worker safety organisation.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • "Maybe I’m a quiet activist": sex work scholars and negotiations of ‘minor’ academic-activism, Laing, M., Cook, I., Baker, T., Calder-Dawe, O. 1 Apr 2022, In: Sexualities
  • Platforms, sex work and their interconnectedness, Swords, J., Laing, M., Cook, I. 28 Sep 2021, In: Sexualities
  • Criminological policy mobilities and sex work: Understanding the movement of the ‘Swedish model’ to Northern Ireland, McMenzie, L., Cook, I., Laing, M. 1 Sep 2019, In: British Journal of Criminology
  • Technologies for Social Justice: Lessons from Sex Workers on the Front Lines, Strohmayer, A., Clamen, J., Laing, M. 2 May 2019, ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2019
  • Justice-oriented ecologies: a framework for designing technologies with sex work support services, Strohmayer, A., Laing, M., Comber, R. 21 Nov 2018, Routledge International Handbook of Sex Industry Research, London, Routledge
  • Sex worker rights, recognition and resistance: Towards a 'real politics of justice', O'Neill, M., Laing, M. Aug 2018, Realising justice for sex workers, Rowman & Littlefield
  • Policing as Part of a Multi-Agency Approach, Wyatt, T., Laing, M. Jan 2017, An Introduction to Criminal Justice, SAGE
  • Policing the sex industry: Tackling exploitation, facilitating safety?, Sanders, T., Laing, M. 7 Dec 2017, Policing the sex industry, Routledge
  • Policing the Sex Industry: Protection, Paternalism and Politics, Sanders, T., Laing, M. 7 Dec 2017
  • Technologies and Social Justice Outcomes in Sex Work Charities: Fighting Stigma, Saving Lives, Strohmayer, A., Laing, M., Comber, R. 6 May 2017, 2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2017

Emily Taylor Police officers’ perceptions, experiences, and attitudes towards policing image-based sexual abuse. Start Date: 18/01/2021

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

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