ICSC Seminar: ‘Sex work, sensory urbanism and visual criminology’ 21st Feb.

Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change. Seminar series.

“Sex work, sensory urbanism and visual criminology: co-producing knowledge and policy”.

A presentation by Dr Emily Cooper.

ICSC & Lecturer in Human Geography / UCLan School of Forensic and Applied Sciences.

This seminar will centre on what we can learn from transdisciplinary approaches to research about sex work. The findings from research conducted by Dr. Emily Cooper, together with colleagues Dr Ian Cook and Dr Charlotte Bilby (both Northumbria University) will be discussed. Using a case study of sex work in Lancashire, the research drew from – and brought together – sensory urbanism and visual criminology to make sense of the socio-spatial impacts of sex premises (e.g. brothels) on residential communities.

The seminar will also discuss new perspectives to sex work research, advocating for more inclusive, creative and participatory research to inform both knowledge and (sex work) policy.


Thu, 21 February 2019

16:00 – 18:00

UCLan Greenbank Building

Room GR 276

Victoria Street

Preston PR1 2HE


This is part of the ICSC seminar series, which explores aspects of transdisciplinary knowledge co-production.

All welcome. Please book a free ticket here on eventbrite to tell us you are coming. That way we can make sure we have enough seating and refreshments for all.


Tea / coffee some snacks will be available.

Further reading:

Cooper, Emily, Cook, Ian R. and Bilby, Charlotte (2018) Sex Work, Sensory Urbanism and Visual Criminology: Exploring the Role of the Senses in Shaping Residential Perceptions of Brothels in Blackpool.International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 42 (3). pp. 373-389. ISSN 0309-1317



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