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Dr Emily Cooper

Senior Lecturer
School of Justice

Emily is a member of the teaching teams in Policing. A geographer by background, Emily's PhD explored the geographies and regulation of sex work, She has led numerous collaborative projects with police forces and partner organisations relating to sex work and sexual exploitation. Emily supervises postgraduate projects in these areas, in addition to a range of other topics within the criminal justice field. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Emily teaches across a range of courses within the Policing team, with a particular focus on research methods, and postgraduate project supervision at Masters and Doctoral level. She is the course lead for the MSc in Criminal Justice. Emily has published work in Sexualities, the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research and has co-produced numerous evaluations for local police forces and partner agencies in her role as a seconded researcher for the Evidence-Based Policing team at Lancashire Constabulary.

Emily completed her Bachelors degree in Geography in 2009 at Lancaster University, before remaining there to complete her PhD in Human Geography in 2014. Emily has over 10 years' experience teaching in Higher Education, having held previous lecturing roles at Lancaster University and Northumbria University before joining UCLan in 2016. She has taught across geography and policing programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She particularly enjoys mentoring new higher education practitioners, and is a keen advocate for improving access to higher education and providing peer support for early career researchers. Emily's research has largely centred on sex work regulation to date, and in addition to academic publications, she has co-organised and chaired numerous national and international conference sessions building on this work. These include multiple events at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting and the Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference. Her research has featured in national media, and she has appeared on local radio such as Radio Wave and Rock FM to discuss the regulation of sex work in Lancashire.

Emily is also an academic representative for local police force and partner agency strategy groups in this field. She has also given a Tedx talk at Lancaster University in 2017 on sex work in the community, and you can view this at She is also very active on social media and particularly enjoys tweeting about research and academic life!