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Professor Sarah Kingston

Professor of Criminal Justice and Policing
School of Justice
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Sarah’s research interests focus on gender, sexuality, sex crimes and sex work. In particular, her research has primarily focused on prostitution policy, women clients of commercial sex, the policing of sex work, and community attitudes and responses to prostitution. Sarah has been awarded external funding as PI and Co-PI for five research projects from The British Academy, The Leverhulme Trust, The Economic and Social Research Council, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, The Higher Education Funding Council for England, The Sir Halley Stewart Trust, and The Wates Foundation. She has published three monographs, one edited book, several book chapters and journals articles in leading journals such as The British Journal of Sociology, Policing and Society and Sexualities, commissioned reports, and practitioner publications.

Sarah is Co-Director of the Criminal Justice Partnership. See: Criminal justice

Sarah is course leader for the Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice. She teaches on the postgraduate MSc in Criminal Justice and supervises dissertations.

Sarah has provided expert evidence to a range of parliamentary committees and independent inquiries, such as The Home Office, the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Prostitution, the Liberal Democratic party work group on sex work, and Westminster City Council. She have also provided expert evidence to a number of legal proceedings that have involved alleged trafficking and brothel keeping offences. Sarah’s research has featured in over 100 international magazine and newspaper articles, such as The Times, The Independent, Daily Telegraph Australia, Malaysia Chronicle, Nigeria Daily News and Cosmopolitan Magazine .

She has been interviewed for numerous national and international television and radio shows, such BBC Radio Thinking Aloud with Laurie Taylor, France 24 News and ITV News. Sarah has been an invited speaker and keynote at a range of academic and non-academic events such as the launch of the Centre for Innovation and Research in Legal Education, Leeds University; Academia Film Olomouc, International Festival of Science Documentary Films, The Czech Republic; Margins and Dialogue: Local, National and Transnational Contexts Conference, University of Pune, India. Sarah also regularly acts as an expert reviewer for funding bodies such as the ESRC, the Marsden Fund Council, New Zealand and the Israel Science Foundation. She regularly review articles for leading journals and book publishers, and has been invited to examine PhD’s in the UK and Australia.

  • PhD, School of Sociology & Social Policy, The University of Leeds, 2009
  • MA in Social Research, The University of Leeds, 2005
  • Graduate Diploma in Law: Common Professional Examination, The University of Central Lancashire, 2003
  • BA(hons) in Applied Social Sciences & Critical Criminology, Edge Hill College, The University of Lancaster, 2002
  • Sexuality
  • Sex work
  • Sex Crimes
  • Sexual Health
  • Sexual Safety
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy